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We are looking for a child artist to illustrate the story of Pieter Both

Mauritius will host an exclusive Country Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, themed “Roots for the Future”. The Economic Development Board (EDB) has been entrusted with the responsibility to lead the participation of the country in the prestigious Expo.


The Economic Development Board is inviting child artists to unleash their creativity through an eye-catching drawing & painting to illustrate the legendary story of Pieter Both. The Mauritian folktale, “The legend of the Pieter Both” has been retained for publication by the Dubai Expo 2020 in their digital children’s book. It is expected from the child artist to draw and paint scenes and characters based on a script which will be provided to the artist. The in-house team of Dubai Expo 2020 will convert these paintings into full illustrations, maintaining the character and the spirit of the original drawings into lively storybook imagery.


Children aged 10 to 14 years old.


Interested child artists should register their interests at latest by 3rd July 2020 by sending an email through their responsible party to Ms. Dyvia Drepaul Seemundun on Registration and entries will require parental and guardian consent and must be submitted on behalf of the participating child. EDB will subsequently, provide a one-pager script of the story to interested participants.

Submission of Paintings

Interested child artists are requested to scan and submit their respective paintings to after receipt of the script of the story. A minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 drawings are required to fully illustrate the full story.


A4 paper for each drawing.

Crayon, pencil, watercolour or mixed.

Selection process

The culture committee set up under the aegis of the EDB will select the best artwork, which will be submitted to Dubai Expo 2020 for publication. The original piece of work will have to be submitted.


The selected child artist shall be fully credited in the digital children’s book project publication for the Dubai Expo 2020.

The closing date for submission of the paintings is on 13th July 2020.

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