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Rivalry to Revelry: 2018 Art Competitions in South Africa

Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy prizes. takes a look at what art competition opportunities are available in 2018.

Your weekly guide to art exhibitions happening around South Africa.

Kumalo's lost Madala comes to market

Posted on 9 November 2017

A very rare example from this series, Madala VI (estimate R700 000 - 900 000), will go on sale at Strauss & Co's live auction at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, on 13 November.

Absa Gallery hosts first-ever group exhibition of all Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners

Posted on 9 November 2017

The Absa Gallery, inspired by Sekoto's contributions to South African art, brings together, for the first time, all the Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners in one exhibition.

Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2018 Announced

Posted on 2 November 2017

Igshaan Adams wins in the Visual Arts Category of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards conferred by the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank on deserving young South African artists.

Entries for Suzanne Shaw Creative Award 2018 now open

Posted on 12 October 2017

The Fulcrum Group, in collaboration with The Bag Factory Artists' Studios and Business and Arts South Africa, BASA, are excited to announce that the call for entries for the annual, Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Awards are now open.

Visual history takes center stage at 2017 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards

Posted on 27 September 2017

The first prize was awarded to Muntu Vilakazi for his photographic triptych entitled Imvuselelo, Inkonzo, Uhambo exploring the visual documentation of contemporary black history in South Africa.

Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2017 Winners

Posted on 27 September 2017

The winners of the 2017 City of Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards have been announced. Read more about their winning works.

Gender issues highlighted at 2017 Absa L'Atelier Competition

Posted on 14 September 2017

Maral Bolouri of Kenya was awarded the overall 2017 Absa L'Atelier prize for Mothers and Others, a multi-sensory, interactive installation that investigates representations of women in African oral traditions.

Absa L'Atelier 2017 Top 10 Finalists

Posted on 14 September 2017

The top 10 finalists for the 2017 Absa L'Atelier 2017 art competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.

Animated film by Lebohang Kganye wins Sasol New Signatures 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

Johannesburg-based artist, Lebohang Kganye won the coveted 2017 Sasol New Signatures award for her animated film Ke sale teng (I'm still here). Created using cutouts of family members and other props in a diorama, the film explores how photo albums contain a fixed but constructed account of the family structure.

Sasol New Signatures announces seven finalists for 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

The finalists for the 2017 edition of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.

August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier

Posted on 22 August 2017

Fourthwall Books presents the upcoming publication of Kim Gurney's August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier, a fascinating study of the role of the atelier and its artists in South Africa's fractious art world.

2016 Sasol New Signatures Winner Zyma Amien exhibits Real Lives and Ordinary Objects at Pretoria Art Museum

Posted on 17 August 2017

Previous winners of New Signatures competition are testament to the positive impact winning it has had on their artistic careers. Among them is Zyma Amien, Sasol New Signatures 2016 winner, who will be holding her solo exhibition in Pretoria from 31 August to 8 October 2017.

Margaret Nel exhibits over four decades of work in major retrospective

Posted on 10 August 2017

A major retrospective exhibition by South African artist Margaret Nel will be shown at the Pretoria Art Museum from 15 October 2017 until 28 January 2018, featuring a selection of over 70 paintings, spanning a career of over four decades. The themes demonstrate progression in technique, subject matter and influences within Nel's career, while simultaneously tracing common conceptual motifs running through her entire body of work.

Highly detailed pastel portraits by Helena Hugo

Posted on 3 August 2017

Portrait paintings have historically been used to memorialized the rich and powerful. But South African artist Helena Hugo's pastel paintings feature the overlooked classes of society. After working for ten years almost exclusively in oils, she made a transition to the more direct medium of pastel creating highly detailed portraits of people - mostly South African labourers.

Sharon Sampson explores the cycle of life at Halifax Art

Posted on 6 July 2017

Moved by a series of incidents surrounding a well-nigh 100 year old oak tree in the artist's garden, Sampson explores the cycle of life - growth, maturity, decay, and most significantly, renewal and rejuvenation - occurring in nature in her new exhibition in Johannesburg.

Three-dimensional insect sculptures by Retha Buitendach

Posted on 24 May 2017

Retha Buitendach creates three-dimensional insects - small sculptures assembled from sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.These fantasy insects are very nearly real insects with both a common and Latin name.

Banele Khoza announced as winner of 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Posted on 6 April 2017

Banele Khoza wins the 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award with his work, Untitled (triptych), which comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity".

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life

Posted on 27 March 2017

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.

Collen Maswanganyi film showcases life-changing opportunities of L'Atelier art competition

Posted on 22 March 2017

The power of the L'Atelier art competition to open doors for young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world, is highlighted in a new short film on L'Atelier Merit Award winner, Collen Maswanganyi.

Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count - dealers, collectors, curators, agents, critics and the like. We at have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2017.

Ruan Huisamen creates hyper-realistic drawings with technical expertise and artistry

Posted on 3 November 2016

Self-taught artist Ruan Huisamen's charcoal portraits show a mastering of the human form. His portraits are rendered isolated and largely decontextualized within time and space through their mostly dark backgrounds.

Sculpture-Bombing: Saadjies sculptures pop up in various cities

Posted on 13 October 2016

When one thinks of public sculpture, one always visualizes monumental landmarks depicting important figures. But the Saadjies project, initiated by Mathews & Associates Architects, challenges this notion and features travelling 180mm³ miniature sculptures photographed in various urban locations all over the world.

Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Posted on 6 October 2016

Audrey Anderson began sketching to "up-grade" her skills. Using her sketchbooks, she took her drawing outside the studio.

Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria

Posted on 29 September 2016

Pretoria artist Franli Meintjies' latest installation, The Noise We Make at the Association of Arts Pretoria features plaits of various shades of purple fabric creating an image that will resembles that of a sound wave.

Allen Laing creates a series of mixed media sculptural inventions

Posted on 11 August 2016

South African artist Allen Laing creates highly crafted artistic 'inventions' that perform interesting tasks. His interactive artworks made from everyday objects function as a new means to execute menial tasks, such as listening, seeing, smoking and taking a leak.

Majak Bredell creates hybrid figures of Mary Magdalene

Posted on 4 August 2016

Majak Bredell re-interprets Mary Magdalene through blending the sacred and profane, Christian and pagan, West and East, history and mythology. But - who was Mary Magdalene? Bredell answers this question through repeatedly re-creating and re-imagining her figure on various canvases, folio artist books and sketches.

Beautiful Imperfections in the Sculptures of Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Posted on 28 July 2016

South African sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren's unique figurative artworks are both technically apt and visually engaging. He models his sculptures from everyday people, each figure containing imperfections that draws one closer, creating works that are real and human.

The Singing Rocks - Artist Jenna Burchell turns ancient rocks into songsmiths.

Posted on 23 June 2016

South African artist Jenna Burchell repairs ancient, fractured rocks found in the Cradle of Humankind combining "golden joinery" with technology and sound, creating site-specific golden sound instruments (songsmiths).

Unusual Ways to Showcase Sculpture at Home

Posted on 28 April 2016

Art lovers often consider their home as an immediate, enjoyable place to display their art so they can see it every day. Adding original sculpture to your home can take your interiors to another dimension but can sometimes be difficult to integrate into your existing decor. suggests six ways to add sculpture to your home.

Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016

Smartphones have become an important part of artist's go-to tools. Whether it's a digital drawing tool; discovering new artists or galleries, or social networking, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. reviews 8 art apps.

South African Artists on Instagram You Should Follow

Posted on 14 April 2016

Instagram has become one of the Internet's most popular social networks, especially amongst artists. With over over 530,000 followers combined, we've compiled a list of the best South African artist Instagram accounts who offer streams filled with insights into the daily life of a professional artist.

South African Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Posted on 30 March 2016

Do artists make better gallerists? More and more artist-run spaces are growing around the world circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. We took a look at a group of independent South African artist project spaces recasting what a traditional gallery can be.