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Saturday, April 7, 2018


The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts will be hosting the Sanlam Portrait Award 2017 Top 40 exhibition in their Main & Mezzanine Galleries in Glenwood Durban from April 11 to 29. This biannual competition now in its third iteration showcases some of the best portraiture in two dimensions in South Africa.

The winning portrait Genna and Felix, a double portrait in oil by Kate Arthur, is accompanied by 39 additional works selected by an independent panel of judges which included Peter Monkman from the UK, a winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award presented at the Nation Portrait Gallery in London. He was assisted by Nkule Mabaso, curator of the Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town and Pretoria based artist and lecturer, Carl Jeppe.

There were some 1,400 entries to the Sanlam Portrait Award in 2017 almost double the 2015 number of entries. The award is organized by the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville, Cape Town and offers a prize of R100,000 sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth.

The exhibition will continue with a countrywide tour showing in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Knysna and George through 2018. The tour is organised and supported by the Sanlam Art Collection.

The opening event takes place on April 10 at 18h00. The opening speaker is Stefan Hundt, convener of the Sanlam Portrait Award judging panel and curator of the Sanlam Art Collection. The exhibition runs until April 29, 2018.

The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit