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Thursday, June 13, 2019


Drop off: June 18, 2019, from 09h00 to 16h00

Held annually, in proud partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, the prestigious Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is open to all South African visual artists who are 18 years and older and have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video and installations.

The focus of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is to shine the spotlight on South African artistic talent and create opportunities to showcase undiscovered artists.  Being the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, Sasol New Signatures has over the years provided a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream.

Said Professor Pieter Binsbergen, National Chairman, underlining the importance of entering for anyone committed to a career in art: “To win is great, but that is not the sole objective here. Artists who enter this competition should do so to benchmark their skills and abilities against their peers and contemporaries at a national level. To be a finalist or a ‘top 100’ new signature is winning in its own right.”

Contemporary, innovative and emerging visual artists with winning aspirations are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country from 10h00 to 16h00 on Tuesday June 18, 2019.

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on August 21, 2019, at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the prestigious Pretoria Art Museum from August 22, 2019, to September 29, 2019.

The winner will receive R100,000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition, with the runner up winning R25,000 and the five merit award winners receiving R10,000 each. 

The National Chairperson will be at the various collection points after the selection process to discuss with the entrants as to why certain entered works were accepted and others rejected. Entrants are strongly advised to attend the Feedback Sessions.

Download entry forms online at

Information for KZN artists submitting work:

Drop off: June 18, 2019, from 09h00 to 16h00 at the KZNSA Gallery.

Exhibition of submissions: June 20 to 23, 2019. KZNSA Gallery.

Feedback Session with judges: June 22, 2019, at 12h00. KZNSA Gallery.

Collection Date: June 24, 2019 from 09h00 to 12h00. KZNSA Gallery.

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