Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Calls for Artists to go Over & Beyond

The call for entries for one of South Africa’s oldest and most respected art competitions, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, is now open.

Now in its 31st year of existence, the competition calls on this year’s entrants to enter works that are “imaginative, transgressive, transcendent, disruptive, boundless and ‘beyond’,” said new National Chairperson, Pfunzo Sidogi.

Merit Award Winner: Kagisho Moloto and her work: Disguise Mask

The annual competition is open to all South African artists over the age of 18 who have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists who have held a solo exhibition for academic purposes, for example, a Master’s degree exhibition, are allowed to enter. Artists are able to submit artworks in all artistic mediums including photography, performance art, video and installations.

Runner Up: Luyanda Zindela and his work: Phowtha sis’Mgabadeli

The overall competition winner receives R100 000 and an opportunity of a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (terms and conditions apply) with the runner-up receiving R25 000 and five merit awards winners receiving R10 000 each.

Patrick Rulore, who won 2019 competition for his work titled Stage 4 Moments – which is an oil on canvas – said the competition is “a wonderful platform to expose emerging artists and to show the huge belief this corporate company has in emerging artists. It has opened doors for me as an emerging artist. The Sasol New Signatures competition sort of means you leap-frog ten big steps at once. This sort of achievement usually takes fifteen years.”

Overall Winner: Patrick Rulore and his work: Stage 4 Moments  

Emerging artists across the country have the opportunity to submit their works at various collection points on Wednesday, 24 June and Thursday, 25 June 2020. The winners will be announced on 26 August 2020 and the Sasol New Signatures exhibition will run from 27 August to 4 October 2020.

Due to the national state of disaster declared to curb the spread of Coronavirus in our country, and guidelines on social distancing and gathering, the Information Sessions held in previous years will not take place this year. Artists can, however, follow Sasol New Signatures on Twitter and visit the website for regular updates for further information, tips and more.

For entry forms, details regarding Feedback Sessions, collection points and conditions of entry visit Sasol New Signature’s website.

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