2 May 2021

Opportunity Description

The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize is an award that is aimed at assisting young and emerging visual artists to launch their careers. The Award provides the nominated artist with a twelve-week studio residency in Johannesburg and a solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg.

This programme will begin on Tuesday the 1 st of June 2021 and run until Tuesday the 31 st of August 2021. The solo exhibition will take place during the month of October 2021 at the Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, please note that this date may change depending on the status of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The artist is expected to:

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with the administrators of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize.
  • Produce new and exciting works for a solo exhibition at the Everard Read gallery.
  • Complete a written report on completion of the residency.
  • Arrive on time and stay for the full period (12 weeks).
  • Participated in workshops that will be coordinated for the residency.

What will a successful applicant receive?

  • A studio space.
  • A small materials budget for art production while in residence.
  • A monthly stipend.
  • Fully funded one-week research workshop in London.
  • Bi-weekly workshops.
  • A funded solo exhibition at the Everard Read Johannesburg gallery.

Applicants should not expect to profit financially or expect to be able to fully sustain themselves financially from or during the residency, as this is a cultural development programme. Applicants will NOT receive accommodation. To qualify for the residency: the artist must be under the age of 35, not represented by a gallery and not have had a solo exhibition.

How to Apply

What must Applicants submit?

  • A SINGLE PDF document including the following information: Representative portfolio of work produced in the past 2 years of at least 5 works and no more than 10 works, Artist Statement, Biography and a motivational letter that is not more than one-page outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme and why specifically you wish to be part of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize.
  • An exhibition outline/project outline, indicating what you will be working towards during your residency.
  • ┬áSubstantial Curriculum Vitae with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers.
  • A Certified copy of your ID.

#NB# Please make sure to send all the required documents. Insufficient documentation on your application will result in immediate disqualification.

How are the applications assessed?
Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize Selection Committee
TO APPLY: Email required documentation to Info@BlessingNgobeni.com and CC: olwethudevos@gmail.com