L’Atelier Art Competition 2018 | Win R330 000 and a Trip to Paris

L’Atelier Art Competition is now accepting entries from young artists in Africa. Deadline for submission of entries is 27th April, 2018 at 16:00 (CAT).

L’Atelier Art Competition


L’Atelier is one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. It rewards young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. Building on the platform created over the past two years, the competition is continuing to expand across Africa, opening in a number of countries, where Barclays Africa has a presence.

The L’Atelier art competition is run in conjunction with L’Atelier’s partner, the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). 

L’Atelier Art Competition Eligibility.

  • The competition is open to all artists who are not younger than 21 and not older than 35 on 27 April 2018. In the case of art students, only students in their final year of study who meet the age requirements may participate.
  • All prize winners are required to take up the prize (residency) as per the date mentioned in the entry details.
  • Only artists who are citizens or have been granted permanent residency of South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Botswana, Uganda, Mozambique, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Nigeria or Namibia may enter the competition. The prize airfare to Absa Gallery or to a residency award will only be from participating countries. 
  • If information is not captured accurately on the system and any information is missing from the online registration, the entrant will be automatically disqualified.

L’Atelier Art Competition Prizes.

There are five prizes for 2018 competition; the first prize, three merit award prizes and Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist.  The top 10 finalists will all be placed on a two-day art professionalism course to assist them in managing their careers.

First prize

  • The overall winner receives R330 000, as well as a return flight ticket to Paris, France.
  • The prize money must be used for a study term of between three and six months in the studio apartment at the Cité Internationale des Arts, purchased specifically for this purpose. The money will be made available when the winner leaves for Paris.
  • Upon returning to their home country, the artist is required to present a solo exhibition at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, which must take place within a year of his/her return from the residency. The artist may not present a solo exhibition at another gallery during this period.
  • The prize must be taken up the year after it is presented.
  • All entrants are eligible for this prize.
  • The date of residency is January to June 2019.
Merit Award – The South African Residency

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  • One merit award winner will win a prize consisting of a three-month residency in Johannesburg, a return flight to Johannesburg and a monthly stipend.
  • The prize must be taken up the year after it is presented.
  • All entrants are eligible for this prize.
  • The date of residency is June to August 2019.
Merit Award – The Sylt Foundation Residency
  • One merit award winner will win a two-month residency at the Sylt Foundation on the Island of Sylt, Germany. The residency includes an apartment on the island.
  • This prize includes a return flight to Germany and a monthly stipend.
  • The prize must be taken up the year after it is presented
  • All entrants are eligible for this prize.
  • The date of residency is September to October 2019.
Merit Award – The Ampersand Foundation Residency
  • One merit award winner will win a one-month residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York City, which includes the use of an apartment.
  • The winner of this prize will become a Fellow of the Ampersand Foundation, and will receive an AAM (American Association of Museums) card, which gives the resident free access to most museums in New York City.
  • The prize includes a return flight to New York City and a monthly stipend.
  • Existing Fellows of the Ampersand Foundation will not qualify for this prize.
  • All entrants are eligible for this prize.
  • The date of residency is January 2019.
Gerard Sekoto Award
  • The Alliance Française, the Institut Français Afrique du Sud and the French Embassy are sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising South African artist who is a previous entrant of the competition and has demonstrated continual growth in their work.
  • This prize consists of a return flight ticket to Paris, three months’ stay in the Cité Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French. The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies are made available by SANAVA.
  • Candidates will be expected to take cognisance of the terms and conditions of entry.
  • The date of residency is May to July 2019.

How to Enter L’Atelier Art Competition.

  • An entrant may enter a maximum of three artworks.
  • Digital artwork must be uploaded onto the online platform.
  • The works of art must have been completed in the 24 months prior to the closing date of the competition.
  • Only original artworks may be entered.
  • Entries in any medium will be accepted, subject to the following requirements:
    • A single artwork that must be hanged, including the frame, must not be larger than 2m x 2m and must not weigh more than 30 kg. It must also pass through a standard-sized single door.
    • Sculptures, including the base, may not exceed a mass of 100 kg (size as 4.1).
    • Works of art that consist of several parts should be accompanied by simple assembly and disassembly instructions (size of the collective piece as 4.1 or 4.2) and the assembly of the artwork should not take more than 1 (one) hour.
    • An installation must be no larger than 2m x 2m x 2m and the assembly of the artwork should not take more than 1 (one) hour. If the installation has a digital component, it must not be longer than 5 (five) minutes and must have a definite start and end point.
    • Artworks must be of such a nature that they can easily be packed, transported and exhibited. The selection panel and/or organisers have the right to refuse to accept or display artworks that are difficult to hang, install, transport or handle.
    • No drilling will be permitted for the hanging of any artwork.
    • The selection panel and/or organisers have the right to refuse to accept or display artworks, which they are of the opinion are dangerous or potentially dangerous, or of a nature that may cause injury or damage to persons or goods.
    • No artwork will be accepted that incites hate speech and propaganda or violence against race, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
    • No artwork compiled by more than one entrant will be accepted.
    • Video entries must not exceed 5 (five) minutes in time and must have a definite start and end point. The video should not form a continuous loop. Any digital work longer than 5 minutes will be disqualified.
    • All artwork entered must be for sale. The selling price must remain the same as the selling price reflected on the online registration form. 
    • No performance art will be accepted.

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