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Friday, January 8, 2021


Announcing the 2021 KZNSA Gallery’s Members’ Competition theme - Masked.

Historically, the mask has been recognised as a novelty or rare occurrence. However, today a mask has become an essential part of the bits and pieces with which we leave home. Widely acknowledged as one of the easiest and most effective ways to slow down the spread of air-borne infections (though a minority of society fears they are part of an effort to wield authority), masks have long formed part of our cultural, social and emotional landscapes. Different societies make use of the mask as either part of religious ritual and ceremony or within rites of passage.

While some masks are seen as a type of mediation with the spirit world, others disguise the identity of penitent worshippers, and the creation of all such masks are art-forms in their own right. Masks that obscure identity are not only used by activists, criminals and witnesses in court, as well as vigilante groups, but also occur in theatre, fashion and role play of various kinds.

While "mask" is both a noun and a verb, used to convey concealment, the origins of the English word are contested, and possibly derive from Medieval Latin for “spectre or nightmare”, or alternatively a Spanish phrase meaning “added face”. Both terms hint at an interior aspect of masks that are linked to identity, psychology and to the different sides of our personalities which are brought to the fore depending on the context.


Participants must be members of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts. Update Membership online on the website at

Medium: Work can be 2D or 3D and any medium, including digital, performance and sound.

Size: Dimensions of work cannot exceed 1.5 m in height, width or depth.

Date: Artworks must be made in 2021 in response to the theme for the KZNSA Members’ Competition.

Artist statement: Participants are to provide a written statement about their interpretation of the theme with their submission with a completed entry form.

Submission Dates:

March 4 and March 05 from 09h00 to 16h00

March 6 from 09h00 to 15h00

No late submissions will be accepted.

NB: The KZNSA Exhibition sub-committee reserves the right to select work for the judges’ consideration.

Complete the entry form here and hand it in with your artwork:

Please discuss with the Gallery Director any concerns that you feel may be a curatorial challenge i.e. installation, projections, conceptual work, performance etc.

The KZNSA Members Exhibition runs from March 16 to April 11, 2021. The Opening Event and Prize Giving will take place on March 16 from 17h30.

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