The MTN SA Foundation and UJ Art Gallery will continue their collaboration following on the successful Shifting Conversationsexhibition (2017) that engaged with colonial and post-colonial narratives, and an exhibition of portraits entitled ContinuingConversations (2018) addressing various forms of identity through portraiture. The exhibition for 2019 will focus on depictions of landscape in all its manifestations. Conversing the Land will present artworks from the permanent collections of MTN and the University of Johannesburg, as well as selected artworks derived from an Emerging Artists Development Programme. The exhibition will be curated by Annali Dempsey (UJ) and Katlego Lefine (MTN). The Emerging Artists Development Programme affords you the opportunity to submit artwork in response to or in conversation with, modern and contemporary South African landscape under the following themes:
- Discovering the Land (pastoral and mythical landscapes, seascapes and memory)
- The Land in Conflict (historical conflict, displacement and its socio-economic effect)
- The Land Worked (industrialisation, mining and urban development)
Ten submissions will be selected and incorporated into the Conversing the Land exhibition, with nine of these emerging artists being awarded R3 000 each and one artist presented with a grant of R30 000 for future career development.
WHO MAY ENTER?
- The programme is open to all emerging artists between the ages of 21 to 35, who have not held a solo exhibition at an established gallery or museum in South Africa or abroad.
- Entrants must be permanent residents of South Africa.
WHAT WORKS MAY BE ENTERED?
- Only one entry per artist allowed.
- The artwork should have been completed in the 24 months prior to the closing date.
- Any medium, including painting, drawing, performance art (only in DVD format, maximum length five minutes), digital media (in DVD format, maximum length five minutes) and three-dimensional work and photography is admissible.
- Works submitted must be the entrant’s own original work and it will remain his/her property for the duration of the competition and exhibition until the work has either been collected by the entrant or sold during the exhibition.
- Work with all its components may not exceed the following limits: two-dimensional artworks 80 x 80 cm and three-dimensional artworks no larger than 80 x 80 x 80 cm and with a maximum weight of no more than 10 kg (hanging from the ceiling) or 60 kg (sitting on the floor).
PREPARATION OF WORKS:
- Incomplete works will not be accepted.
- Two-dimensional pieces must be framed. Unframed artworks on stretched canvas will be accepted.
- A completed application form, a copy of the entrant’s ID and other necessary documentation (refer to Checklist) should be attached to the back of the artwork entered.
- All entries must be for sale and 25% commission is added to the artist’s price.
SELECTION OF WORKS:
- The artist is responsible for the delivery and collection of their own artworks. If the work is not collected within ONE MONTH after the artist had been notified, that artwork will be disposed of.
- A panel will choose 10 works from the entries. On 18 SEPTEMBER 2019, the entrants whose works have been selected will be notified by email. It is the entrant’s responsibility to contact the UJ Art Gallery should they not have received notification of their selection by that date.
- The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Entrants are to take note of the following conditions. If any of the rules below are not adhered to, the artist will be disqualified.
- SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES: 9 & 10 September 2019 between 08h00 – 13h00
- JUDGING OF ENTRIES: 16 September 2019
- NOTIFICATION TO SUCCESSFUL ENTRANTS: 18 September 2019
- COLLECTION OF UNSELECTED WORKS FROM UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY: 19 & 20 September 2019
- EXHIBITION OPENING: 22 October 2019 @ 18:30
University of Johannesburg Art Gallery
(closes on 27 November 2019)
- COLLECTION OF SELECTED WORKS AFTER EXHIBITION CLOSES: From 28–29 November 2018