Vuleka, meaning “open” in isiXhosa, is a competition initiative of the Arts Association in Bellville. It is held annually at the Art.b Gallery, a space administered and managed by the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Tourism, Events, and Marketing and Marketing.
Vuleka was established by Art.b Gallery in 1963, making it the oldest continuous art competition in South Africa. Celebrating its 58th birthday this year, the competition is aimed at inspiring creativity and artistic vision amongst emerging and established South African artists. It’s open to all artists who have not held a solo exhibition in the past three years, are South African citizens and 18 years or older.
According to the historical records of Art.b, the competition has drawn entries from now prominent artists over the years including William Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Christo Coetzee, Pippa Skotnes, Andries Gouws and many more.
1st Prize: R50 000
2nd Prize: R10 000
3RD Prize: R5 000