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Are you creative? Make a tribute to the Humanities!

7 March 2019

Humanities matter

Do you also find that mutual understanding is more important than ever in these times of globalisation, and that it is crucial that we understand each other if we want to cooperate and coexist? Knowledge of the humanities offers the insights required for that. Can you express this idea as a creative concept? If so, we’re looking for you! Take part in the ‘Humanities Matter’ art competition and make a tribute to the humanities!

Participate and win 444 euros!

We are looking for artists, students, staff members, and alumni who can express the ‘Humanities Matter’ concept in a work of art. We want to bundle these works of art into an exhibition on our campus. The exhibition will open on 25 May during the faculty-wide Family and Friends Day and will remain on view until 8 July. The works of art will be on display at different locations in the Faculty of Humanities and will be linked by means of an art tour!


Sign up now using the online form. We will ask you to also send in some information about yourself and the artwork:

  • The title of the artwork
  • The measurements and material of the artwork  (if applicable)
  • Some pictures of the artwork.
  • A short biography of yourself: Who are you? Where do you come from? What did/do you study? Why are you participating in this competition? (max. 250 words).
  • Explanation of the work in relation to the theme 'Humanities Matter' (max. 300 words).

Registration is open until 15 April. For questions, please contact exhibition@hum.leidenuniv.nl

The first prize will be awarded by an independent jury and consists of the handsome sum of €444! A few smaller prizes will also be awarded to other exciting and interesting works of art. The nature of these prizes will be announced at a later time.

444 years of Humanities

This year, Leiden University has existed for 444 years. The humanities is at the very foundation of any university. The humanities teach us something about our past, about where we come from, but especially about ourselves. Unfortunately, today the usefulness of the humanities has come under attack. Some funding institutions do not see the concrete value of the humanities for society. Small degree programmes are disappearing or are being absorbed by larger programmes due to low enrolment numbers. For us, this is just one more reason to put the humanities in the spotlight and counter misconceptions.

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