Artists from around world are encouraged to illustrate the strength of humanity’s response to the pandemic ahead of the Paris Peace Forum 2020

Artists are invited to use their creativity to capture the spirit of human resilience in the face of crisis through a new digital art contest and online exhibition organised by Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums as part of Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture, to be hosted at the Paris Peace Forum.

digital art competitionThe newly launched initiative titled, The Untold Stories of Resilience, aims to gather artistic interpretations of COVID-19 and the way global community has responded and adapted to the pandemic, by encouraging people to draw on their own experiences of life during the time of unique challenges.

Selected artworks submitted through the contest will become part of an online exhibition to be held in the framework of the Paris Peace Forum, an annual summit that brings together members of civil society from around the world to identify how global governance can identify solutions to key issues facing the world.

The 2020 edition will take place in Paris and on the forum’s digital platforms from 11-13 November, during the Year of Culture Qatar-France 2020, with Qatar Foundation – as strategic partner – participating in panel discussions and side events that reflect its mission and contribution to society in its 25th anniversary year.

According to Aysha Al Mudahka, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnership Development at Qatar Foundation, we are living through history, and through a time which require all of us to show our resilience, our adaptability, and our strength of character.

She said that the Untold Stories of Resilience is an opportunity for the global art community to document this extraordinary period in our lives, and reflect how we have faced up to it and come closer together even when we are apart.

For all its impact on our lives, even a pandemic cannot stem creativity and expression, and this contest aims to illustrate our strength in adversity through the power of art.

Aisha Ghanem Alattiya, Head of Years of Culture at Qatar Museums, said the Years of Culture have always been dedicated to promoting creativity and cultural exchange.

This competition will surpass cultural barriers, bring people together without limits and boundaries, and showcase how resilience in times of adversity can be expresses in art.

Artists aged 16 years and older from around the world are eligible to join the competition and be considered for exhibition. Applications are also welcome from galleries and agents representing artists.

To be accepted, submitted works must use digital technology, such as digital paintings, drawings, photography, and collage, pixel art, videography, Virtual Reality, and 2D or 3D visual media or digital imagery. Priority will be given to thoughtful and relevant interpretations of the contest’s theme that are capable of engaging a broad audience. Scanned images or photographs of original artworks will not be accepted.

Following assessment by an expert jury, the shortlisted artworks will be confirmed on 1 November and will have the opportunity to be featured on the social media channels of Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums. Three winners will be announced on 13 November during the Paris Peace Forum, and will receive event ticket and accommodation to attend the TED event in Doha in 2022.

Submission period is until 15 October. For more details and to submit your artworks, visit