basha uhuru


21 June 2024

Opportunity Description

#FlexYourCreativeFreedom Competition

The Competition:

Artists are challenged to design a mural for the iconic Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill.

The successful artist will be painting their winning mural on the outside wall of the building that houses the offices of We The People South Africa.

Brief: Democracy 2054 – 

In 2024, South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy – a milestone filled with hope and reflective of the strengths of a strong people. Let your creative freedom take over as you imagine South Africa in 30 years. What does our future look like? How do you see life for future generations?

For a competitive edge, we recommend that artists draw inspiration from or use the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 as a source of material.

An extra tip: Artists are also advised to research the work of Constitution Hill and of We The People South Africa to understand the orientation of the artwork expected.

The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival is Constitution Hill’s signature youth festival which affords young people an opportunity to learn and be inspired, share skills and nurture talent, network and collaborate, and create and monetize whilst driving important conversations affecting the creative sector. Section 16(1)(c) of the Constitution has provided every person in South Africa the right to freedom of artistic creativity, as part of the crucial component of the right to expression.

Artists are challenged to design a piece of artwork that they will paint on a mural in the Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill, outside the offices of We The People South Africa.


How to Apply


To note:

The adjudication process will occur on 24 and 25 June 2024.

The panel will be made up of representatives from Constitution Hill, We The People, and an independent expert.

The judge’s decision is final. The top three finalists will be invited to the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival and a winner will be announced between 27 – 29 June 2024.