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Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Deadline: 16h00 on April 27, 2018

Africa’s premier art competition for young artists, L’Atelier (, is renowned for its standout, memorable campaigns that push the bounds of creativity while exploring fundamental aspects of the artistic process and journey.

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. Artists who are permanent residents of and residing in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles are invited to enter.

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

Online entries open on the L’Atelier website close on April 27, 2018, at 16h00 (CAT). Initial adjudication is done on electronic submission where you may upload up to seven images of your artwork. Those artists whose entries make it in through to the next round will be contact directly to arrange for the collection of their artwork. It is essential when registering online and uploading your artwork that all fields are completed. Failure not to complete all fields will result in your entry been disqualified.

Please note that all previous entrants will be required to re-register.

There are five prizes for the 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:
6 months in Paris. R330 000 and a return ticket to Paris.
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 prize money will be made available when the winner leaves for Paris. The date of the residency is January to June, 2019.

Merit Award Prize
3 Months in Johannesburg. Bag Factory Artists Studio.
One merit award winner will win a prize consisting of a three-month residency in Johannesburg, at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studio, a return flight to Johannesburg and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is June to August, 2019.

Merit Award Prize
2 Months in SYLT. The Sylt Foundation Residency.
This prize includes a return flight to Germany and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is September to October, 2019.

Merit Award Prize
1 Month in New York. The Ampersand Foundation Residency.
The prize includes a one month residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York. You’ll be a Fellow of the Ampersand Foundation and have access to the American Association of Museums (AAM) card that allows free access to most museums in New York City. The prize includes return flights to New York City and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is January, 2019.

Gerard Sekoto Award
3 Months in Paris
The Alliance Française, the Institut Français Afrique du Sud and the French Embassy are sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto Award for a South African artist who has demonstrated continual improvement in the quality of their entry year-on-year in the L'Atelier competition.
This prize consists of a return flight ticket to Paris, three months’ stay in the Cité Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions Institut Français Afrique du Sud language lessons. The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies are made available by SANAVA. The date of the residency is May to July 2019.

Entries close on April 27, 2018. Full entry details available on