The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) International Art Contest 2023 for Minority Artists ($4,000 Prize)

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Application Deadline:   15 May 2023.

On the occasion of the Zero Discrimination Day celebrated globally on 1 March 2023, and to launch the start of Racial Justice Month, part of OHCHR’s year-long commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) joins forces with the non-governmental organizations Minority Rights Group International and Freemuse to organize the Second Edition of the International Art Contest for Minority Artists. The 2023 edition invites applications from minority artists working on intersectionality themes.

The First Edition of the International Art Contest for Minority Artists was organized in 2022 and focused on the theme of statelessness. The catalogue and summary of winners is available here.

The Second Edition will celebrate minority artists who have exposed, explored, and/or addressed matters relating to intersectional forms of discrimination through their artwork. It aims to raise awareness on the human rights of individuals and groups belonging to minorities and facing compounded forms of discrimination.

The International Art Contest 2023 also aligns with the celebration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as previous efforts by OHCHR to advance joint work with Freemuse and UNHCR in areas relating to minority rights. Strengthened cooperation among UN Agencies and Entities can accelerate progress to address all forms of discrimination and the inclusion of minorities. Subsequently, the Second Edition of the International Art Contest for Minorities Working on Intersectionality Themes aims at empowering individuals who belong to minority groups and have committed to address intersectional forms of discrimination. In addition to making them aware of their human rights and procedures available to them, OHCHR and partners hope to help shed light on the need to combat intersectional discrimination and marginalization, including in relation with discriminatory laws, policies and practice that exist in many States.


  • Minority artists are invited to submit up to five works of art related to intersectionality and intersectional forms of discrimination. 
  • Artists who self-identify as belonging to a minority are welcome to apply to the Minority Artists Awards on Intersectionality Themes. All artworks focusing on intersectional experiences by minorities as a theme are eligible, including but not limited to photography, painting, video, installation, drawing, sculpture, etc. Due to practical reasons, it is however required that a virtual presentation of the artwork(s) be submitted to OHCHR in a digital format.


  • Four awards of $1,000 each will be offered by the Judging Panel; among these awards, one Minority Youth Artist Award will be reserved for artists aged between 18-35. The awardwinners will be publicly announced in early November 2023

Selection Criteria

  • The award-winners will be announced in November 2023 at a hybrid Ceremony organized in Geneva. On this occasion, a visual exhibition and a catalogue featuring the awarded artists and their art will be publicly launched.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OHCHR International Art Contest 2023

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