Creative Arts

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Please be patient – Prospectus 2024 – 2025 is under construction, but you can still access the previous version – most of the information will stay the same, except for fees, dates and forms. See the new themes below!

To access the complete  Part 10: Creative Arts Section  extract from Prospectus 2022 – 2024, login to the secure NESA Online Entry platform. If not registered yet, you will be able to do so now. Login HERE


Art themes for 2024 – 2025

Participants are invited to use ANY of the following themes to create their own stories that can serve as inspiration when creating their art pieces:

Our fragile planet

The universal World

My happy place


New life

My passion


Rebuilding the Future


Rites of Passage



Own choice option for 2024 – 2025

Participants do not necessarily have to work in any of the themes above and have to option to create their own stories for inspiration when creating their art pieces.  

Own Choice
(Participant may select any story to interpret. Details of this story should be provided)

  • Important: Details of the selected own choice theme should be provided on the entry and declaration form that should be attached to each art work.

The Creative Arts section provides for the following categories:

  • Music composition – classical and contemporary
  • Literary work
  • Visual arts
    • Fine arts
    • Sculpture
    • Printmaking
    • Design
  • Photography
  • Traditional African Arts & Craft
  • Audio-Visual Productions


Rules and Regulation for Creative Arts:

  • The purpose of this category is to promote the creation of new compositions, poems, dramas, paintings, etc.
  • Please note that COPYRIGHT need to be observed and respected in all aspects of the creative arts. Therefore the tracing of existing images is not allowed. The copying of existing images for the development of techniques as used in the training process of students will be accepted, provided that this source reference is fully acknowledged in the Declaration if Own Work that needs to be submitted with each art entry. 
  • All works entered into this section should be inspired by any of the themes for 2024– 2025 as provided above.
  • Literary creations can be submitted in either written or typed format. A performance of the work is not required.
  • Music entries must be submitted in staff notation (notation in solfa will also be accepted). A recording of the work is not required, but can be submitted together with the printed notation.
  • By entering into this category participants grant the NEA permission to display or use outstanding work in any way at Showcase events or to promote the activities of the NEA.
  • It speaks for itself that all creative work should be original works by the participant that enters the eisteddfod. Therefore it implies that the participant (and NO ONE else) is the creator of the work in the form that the entry is submitted. The participant may seek advice, but should compose the piece as submitted.
  • No item already entered in any other section of the syllabus may be entered in this category.
  • All entries for Creative Arts should be submitted ONLINE or in HARDCOPY format before the applicable CLOSING DATE for entries. The submission of an entry before the actual submission of the art work(s) is necessary to that a Declaration Slip can be prepared and distributed in advance. Proof of payment with the necessary payment reference code or the name of the participant should be submitted by e-mail to
  • All participants that enter for the creative arts section will then receive a “Declaration Slip” by email once the entries have been processed and an unique “art number” has been allocated. This number is important and serves to identify an art work .A copy of the Creative Arts Declaration slip MUST be attached to the entry that it applies to according to the description and item number as provided on the Declaration slip.
  • The declaration as provided on the Creative Arts Participant slip must be completed and attached to each entry. If the Creative Arts Participant slip is not available, a copy of the entry form for creative arts as provided in Part 10 Creative Arts Prospectus should be completed (including the declaration as provided at the bottom of the entry form (page 18)) and attached to each entry.
  • NO pictures of art works will be accepted for adjudication
  • All completed art works should be delivered to the NEA office or the venue where it will be adjudicated, before or on the closing date for submission.
  • Care should be taken be taken when packing art works to prevent damage in transit.
  • Art work should NOT be framed. If submitted in a frame the, NEA does not take responsibility for any damage to either the glass or frame.
  • Art works submitted by mail or courier could be insured against possible damage while in transit.
  • The National Eisteddfod Academy will take all reasonable measures to protect and prevent damages to art work, but does not accept responsibility for any damage to art works submitted for adjudication.
  • All artwork, adjudicators’ reports and certificates will be ready for collection once the adjudication process has been completed. A message in this regard will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (in order to be notified participants need to like / follow us on Facebook and / or Twitter.)
  • If you are not in the position to collect your artwork(s), you may request the NEA Office to pack and forward your artworks (and certificates) to your nearest PostNet branch. This will be actioned once proof of payment of the PostNet fee has been received (currently R109.00).
  • All artworks that receive diploma awards automatically qualify to enter for the Young Artist Award Competition to be presented in the following year. Details of entry fees, etc. will be available on the webpage in January.

Dates for submission: Art works can be submitted to the NEA Office on the following dates between 08:00 – 15:00:

Where and when must I submit my art work?
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  • Session 1: 31 Jul 2024
  • Session 2: 31 Aug 2024
  • Session 3: 20 Sep 2024
  • Adjudication of art work at other hosting venues:
    The date(s) for submission will be communicated to you by the relevant institution.

For more information about the Creative Arts Section  REGISTER online in order to gain access to the complete National Eisteddfod Prospectus 2022- 2024.

Important: A higher fee is charged for HARD COPY entries! Why not register and enter online?

To access the complete   Part 10: Creative Arts Section  extract from Prospectus 2022– 2024, login to the secure NESA Online Entry platform. If not registered yet, you will be able to do so now. Login HERE

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