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20 July 2019

Opportunity Description

The Association for Visual Arts is a non-profit, membership-based arts organisation with the primary aim of advancing and promoting South African contemporary art and artists.

Each year we send out an open call for artists to apply to host an exhibition at AVA. Our goal is to advance artists from all backgrounds and heritages and allows for a neutral space within the CPT arts ecosystem for artists to experiment and push the boundaries of their practice.

Applications are now open for AVA Gallery’s 2020 exhibition programme as well as applications for ArtReach support.


Who can apply for an exhibition?
All artists and curators interested in having a solo or group exhibition at the AVA are invited to submit a proposal.

When will the selection be announced?
All proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee and the exhibition programme will be announced in September.

What are the costs associated with exhibiting at the AVA?
Most exhibitions at the AVA run for four weeks. If your exhibition is selected as part of AVA’s programme, the following gallery rental costs apply:

Main Gallery: R6,000
Long Gallery: R4,500
Mezzanine Gallery: R3,500
New Media Room: R1,500

These costs are all-in exhibition costs, but exclude all art work production, framing and transport costs.

What is ArtReach?
An important mandate for nurturing the arts, creativity and talent, the ArtReach programme was initiated in the late 1980s. Over the years it has funded a broad spectrum of artists’ needs and launched several emerging artists who have gone on to achieve success.

Who can apply for ArtReach?
All artists and curators, living and working in South Africa.

What will ArtReach funds cover? 
ArtReach funds can be applied for the following:

  • gallery rental for an exhibition at AVA.
  • studio rental to a maximum of 6 months to a limited budget.
  • art materials.

What isn’t covered?
As the fund resources are limited, we regret that ArtReach does not support the purchase of any tools or equipment, framing, course fees for learners or workshops, the hiring of photographers or printing of brochures, posters or invitations.

How much can I apply for? 
The intention is to support a diversity of applicants, which is why there is a specified list and maximum budget per line item stipulated on the application form.

How to Apply

To download the submission forms for exhibition proposals and ArtReach proposals go to  https://www.ava.co.za/exhibitions/2019/5/26/open-call-for-submissions-for-2020 and submit the relevant forms by the deadline:  20 July 2019.