Sasol New Signatures Art Competition calls for artists to go ‘beyond’
We are now open for entries into our Sasol New Signatures Art Competition – one of South Africa’s oldest and most respected art competitions.
The competition is now in its 31st year of existence and this year we encourage entrants to submit works that are imaginative, transgressive, transcendent, disruptive, boundless and ‘beyond’.
Our new National Chairperson, Pfunzo Sidogi has this to say: “The world today is complex and full of seemingly irreconcilable contradictions, and as we march into a new decade, visual artists are best equipped to make sense of our dynamic, interconnected, and challenging environments. By promoting art that is ingrained with an aura of possibility and potentiality, the ‘beyond’ moniker is a call for artists to go ‘beyond’ mere mimesis of the global malaise.”
Who should enter?
If you are a South African artist who is 18 years or older, and you have not yet held a solo exhibition, the Sasol New Signatures competition is ideal for you.
If you have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes, for example, a Master’s degree exhibition, you are also allowed to enter.
What mediums are accepted?
Artists are able to submit artworks in all artistic mediums including photography, performance art, video and installations.
How do I find out more? Information Sessions cancelled?
Due to the national state of disaster declared to curb the spread of Coronavirus in our country, and guidelines on social distancing and gathering, the Information Sessions held in previous years will not take place this year. Artists can, however, follow us on twitter (#sasolnewsignatures) and visit the website for regular updates for further information, tips and more. We also encourage you to sign up to our database to ensure that you stay up to date with all the latest developments. We promise you won’t miss out on anything!
How will I benefit?
Not only do emerging artists benefit immensely from the profile of being named a winner, but the competition is also “an enabler for emerging artists to not only unsettle societal conventions but to also expand the possibilities of art” says Sidogi.
The overall competition winner receives R100 000 and an opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (terms and conditions apply) with the runner-up receiving R25 000 and five merit awards winners receiving R10 000 each.