Passion for Freedom invites submissions from visual artists involved in practice of painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, mixed media, installation and video. Works can be submitted by 20 September 2013.

This year’s edition will present selected works from artists and writers whose work is mainly concerned with human rights and one secular law for all citizens and artists selected from an open submission.




Among invited Judges are:

Sarah Maple

Sarah Maple

SARAH MAPLE completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston Univer­sity in 2007, and now lives in her native Sussex. In the same year she also won the ‘4 New Sensations’ competition for emerging artists, run by Charles Saatchi. Since then Sarah’s artwork, films and performances have been exhibited in New York, Canada, Is­rael and throughout Europe.

‘Not for the coy or faint of heart, these unflinching, occa­sionally even controversial, investigations into what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain are made joyful by her own very personal brand of boisterous, tongue-in-cheek humour. This is not sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake, but rather a heart felt urge by a twenty-seven-year old artist of great sincerity and talent, for the viewer to look again, and this time with a more questioning eye, at traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, culture and religion.’ -Beverley Knowles 2011.

artist deeyah

Artist Deeyah

DEEYAH is a Norwegian music artist, composer, filmmaker and human rights activist. She is an outspoken supporter of women’s rights, freedom of expression and peaceDeeyah has produced music albums such as Nordic Woman, Iranian Woman and Echoes Of Indus. She is the co-creator and co-producer of international compilation album “Listen To The Banned” which features banned and censored music artists from The Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Deeyah is the director and producer of documentary film Banaz A Love Story, a film about the 2006 London honour killing of Banaz Mahmod.

In 2011 she established AVA Projects a registered non profit public charity, working to reduce the marginalization of women and young people of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent. Deeyah is also the founder of digital media initiatives Sisterhood, Memini, I Have A Voice and Honour Based Violence Awareness network (HBVA)

Deeyah is the recipient of several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression, in 2012 she was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN.

nick cohen

Nick Cohen

NICK COHEN is a British journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman. Cohen has written six books: Cruel Britannia: Reports on the Sinister and the Preposterous (1999), a collection of his journalism; Pretty Straight Guys(2003), a highly critical account of the New Labour project; What’s Left? (2007), which he describes as the story of how the liberal left of the 20th century came to support the far-right of the 21st; and Waiting for the Etonians: Reports from the Sickbed of Liberal England (2009). His most recent book, You Can’t Read this Book, was published by HarperCollins in 2012 and deals with censorship. His “What’s Left?” was shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for political writing in 2008.

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