25 June 2020
Sasol New Signatures Art Competition calls for artists to go ‘beyond’
Entries are now open for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition – one of South Africa’s oldest and most respected art competitions.
The competition is now in its 31st year of existence and this year we encourage entrants to submit works that are imaginative, transgressive, transcendent, disruptive, boundless and ‘beyond’.
The Sasol new National Chairperson, Pfunzo Sidogi has this to say: “The world today is complex and full of seemingly irreconcilable contradictions, and as we march into a new decade, visual artists are best equipped to make sense of our dynamic, interconnected, and challenging environments. By promoting art that is ingrained with an aura of possibility and potentiality, the ‘beyond’ moniker is a call for artists to go ‘beyond’ mere mimesis of the global malaise.”
Who should enter?
If you are a South African artist who is 18 years or older, and you have not yet held a solo exhibition, the Sasol New Signatures competition is ideal for you.
If you have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes, for example, a Master’s degree exhibition, you are also allowed to enter.
What mediums are accepted?
Artists are able to submit artworks in all artistic mediums including photography, performance art, video and installations.
How do I find out more? Information Sessions cancelled?
Due to the national state of disaster declared to curb the spread of Coronavirus in our country, and guidelines on social distancing and gathering, the Information Sessions held in previous years will not take place this year. Artists can, however, follow the movement on twitter (#sasolnewsignatures) and visit the website for regular updates for further information, tips and more. Artists are also encouraged to sign up to their database to ensure that you stay up to date with all the latest developments.
How will I benefit?
Not only do emerging artists benefit immensely from the profile of being named a winner, but the competition is also “an enabler for emerging artists to not only unsettle societal conventions but to also expand the possibilities of art” says Sidogi.
The overall competition winner receives R100 000 and an opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (terms and conditions apply) with the runner-up receiving R25 000 and five merit awards winners receiving R10 000 each.
How to Apply
Artists can enter by downloading entry forms here.
Entries must be submitted to one of the collection points across the country on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 and Thursday, 25 June 2020. No entries will be received before or after these dates, or outside the hours of 10h00 and 16h00.
The winners of this year’s competition will be announced on 26 August, and the Sasol New Signatures exhibition will run from 27 August to 04 October 2020.