How great thine art? Enter this competition and find out

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How great thine art? Enter this competition and find out

Entries for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition are now open for young emerging talent

Staff reporter

The scope of an artist’s influence is often equivalent to their willingness to challenge the limits of current thinking. The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition plays an instrumental role by encouraging emerging artists to adopt a limitless approach to contemporary art.The longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, it has provided a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream. On winning in 2017, Lebohang Kganye said: “I don’t know if anything prepares you for winning such a competition and for the aftermath of receiving an award like this. It’s quite a surreal experience – almost like I was looking in from the outside.”
Since winning the competition, Kganye has showcased her work at prestigious local and international events, including the Design Indaba.
Charlotte Mokoena, Sasol executive vice president: corporate affairs and human resources said: “Art is so powerful and makes an invaluable contribution to society by creating platforms for engagement within communities. Art has the potential to inspire, challenge and heal.  The importance of corporate South Africa supporting the arts must remain on the agenda as art plays an important role for our country as a whole.”“The competition has been alive and running for close on half a century, not only becoming South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious art competition, but also developing criteria to judge the merits of art works, namely the artistic concept, the use of materials, the quality of craft and demonstrated skills,” said Pieter van Heerden, director of the Association of Arts Pretoria.
As part of the competition, information sessions will be held across the country from the end of April. Their purpose is to educate emerging artists on how they can produce and submit winning work.Artists are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country between 10am and 4pm on July 2 and July 3.  
The final round of judging takes place at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday August 8. The winner will be announced on August 29 at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the Pretoria Art Museum from August 30 to October 7. 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.   
As part of her prize last year, Kganye will be presenting her solo exhibition this year.Entries for the competition are open to all South African artists who are 18 years and older and haven’t held a solo exhibition. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance art, video and installations. 
For more information see www.sasolnewsignatures.co.za

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