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It’s competition time and entries are now open for the annual Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

Entries are now officially open for the annual Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2023. For the past 33 years, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, founded by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the 1960’s, has been a beacon for unbridled creativity and artistic exploration within the visual arts ecosystem in South Africa.

Sasol New Signatures has become synonymous with supporting and developing South Africa’s contemporary art scene as well as increasing exposure for emerging South African art and artists. This annual competition is open to all South African artists over 18 years who have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists who have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes (a master’s degree exhibition for example) are allowed to enter. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video and installations.

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Contemporary, innovative and emerging artists are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 from 10am to 4pm. A completed entry form and supporting documentation must be submitted along with the artworks.

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on Wednesday September 6, 2023. The winner will receive R100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition. The runner up will receive R25 000 and the five merit award winners will each walk away   with R10 000.

The Sasol New Signatures exhibition will take place at the Pretoria Art Museum from 7 September to 31 October 2023.

For more information on competition, information session and drop off points, visit sasolsignatures.co.za

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