COVID-19: where art and science meet


Closing date: July 24th
#Covid19 #ARTmeetsSCIENCE

We are looking for scientists, with an interest and expertise in SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, to participate in an exciting community and public engagement project. Scientists would be expected to take part in interactive discussions with artists to help them navigate their way through the current global COVID-19 infodemic, fake news and misinformation.

Join us on a quest to combine art and science as we search for creative expressions from Africa’s youth on their impressions of COVID-19.Through this initiative we hope the participating youths will gain a greater appreciation of the science surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, be better able to identify fake news and misinformation, and make more informed decisions for themselves. We hope our scientists will gain a greater appreciation on the insight that our youths have of the pandemic.

This exclusively online project will require your active participation in a workshop, as well as in a feedback session to the wider scientific community and an art exhibition Q&A session.

*all scientists from SANTHE and affiliated programmes and institutions are eligible regardless of rank, nationality or age.


Although sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been spared the brunt of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic so far, severe resource limitations, a unique burden of comorbidity, and poor health infrastructure make the region particularly vulnerable. Infection with HIV and/or Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) are comorbidities that may potentially influence susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

As scientists begin to engage in SARS-CoV-2 research we feel now is a vital time to engage with our communities to obtain thoughts and opinions and gauge levels of interest/understanding on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, as this may influence the direction/content of our research. Through this project we aim to provide a platform for scientists to interactively engage with African youth on scientific concepts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and  to share thoughts and understandings.


  1. African youth will be invited to create initial artistic renditions that represent their impressions/thoughts on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. The genre will be open-ended.
  2. Depending on the number of entries, we will then host one or two interactive virtual workshop/s with a selection of SANTHE and other scientists (representing a range of disciplines from basic to clinic to implementation research) and the artists.
  3. The youths will then be tasked to create final pieces of art that represent their impressions and thoughts on SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 pandemic post the scientific engagement workshops.
  4. We will then host a virtual art exhibition to share this project and the art created with the wider community and also continue the discussion and outputs of the project via social media. The artists will be given opportunities to discuss their art and what it represents. An important aspect of this will be to share the exhibition with the SANTHE consortium and our wider scientific community as well as the general public for mutual benefit.
  5. Finally, participating scientists will host a virtual feedback session with the wider SANTHE consortium and other partners to share the thoughts and feedback received from the artists and to discuss how this could potentially be included in future and ongoing research incorporating SARS-CoV-2. The project learning will be widely shared throughout the scientific and public communities.


  1. To enter you should be a scientist working on the African continent.
  2. You must complete our application form which asks for contact information and a short motivation) by July 24th
  3. Based on entries, we will select 30 to 60 artists to participate in an online workshop with scientists to brainstorm concepts associated with the disease in the first week of August 2020 (final date and time to be confirmed). You should be available to participate in this workshop.
  4. After the workshop, artists will submit their final masterpieces by September 6th
  5. Their work will then be displayed in an online exhibition for the world to see in the third week of September 2020.
  6. There will be a “sharing of learnings” meeting with the wider scientific community in the fourth week of September 2020 (final date and time to be confirmed). You should be available to participate in this session.
  7. Winners will be selected from the artworks on display and announced during an online exhibition function on September 19th All artists and scientists will be expected to attend this event in order to answer any questions directed at them during a short Q&A session.



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    1. Participate in an online workshop with artists, a public exhibition Q&A session, and a feedback session to scientists.
    2. Participate in required evaluations exercises (by completing short survey/s).
    3. Artists who might want to contact me after the workshop for further information or input into their art works.