COVID 19 - calling on all artists and creatives to help in translating critical public health messages

Posted April 3, 2020

Artwork by Ello Artist, Gerardo La Porta

Art has the power to change the world. The United Nations needs your help to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The United Nations is calling on all artists and creatives to help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms.

This is a global call, open to all, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Africa will additionally be running a parallel call for submissions. The selected works will be posted on the South African UNDP website and social media platforms, providing exposure for the artists. With this call, UNDP is offering creatives the opportunity to have their works published on a national platform.

We are looking for work across all South African languages that can innovatively communicate crucial messages about containing COVID-19.

It is not too late. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Together, we can save lives, protect resources and care for each other.

South African submissions will be following the same guidelines and rules as the global call.


Design and Focus:

  • Use any creative medium to produce work that captures one of the coronavirus key messages below, in a clear, impactful and shareable way. 
  • Capture one of the UN key messages in your work:
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Physical Distancing
    • Know the symptoms
    • Kindness contagion
    • Myth busting
    • Do more, donate

More information on the key messages can be found here (click on details tab).



Submissions to the global call close on 8 April

Submissions to UNDP South Africa call close on 17 April


For submissions to UNDP South Africa, email an image of your work to or upload here

If you would additionally like to submit to the global platform you can do so at this link.


The do's and don'ts are included in here


An internal selection committee will review the submissions and selected works will be published on the UNDP South Africa website, as well as social media platforms.


*By submitting your work to this brief you agree to grant the UN, all supporters and anyone who wants to share this positive message, permission to use your work. Anyone who uses the work will be asked to credit the creator (but we cannot guarantee this).

The UNDP Selection Committee reserves the right to reject works that do not meet the selection criteria.

All works should be original and not infringe on copyright.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not received a response from us by 1st May, consider your artwork as not selected.