StateoftheART Gallery Award 2021

StateoftheART is on a mission to uncover the next art superstar in South Africa and offering one talented rising artist a R40 000 cash award and solo exhibition.

We are accepting submissions from entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa, aged 18 and above, and who have not yet held a solo exhibition with a commercial gallery. Local judges will choose finalists whose work will go on show in a group exhibition at our Cape Town gallery in September 2021 for a final round of judging.

Unlike other competitions there is no participation fee, and entries will be assessed on a variety of criteria. Our aim is to find artists with a unique 'signature' within a South African context; to showcase artists whose work shows significant potential, who have interesting ideas, a relevant message and who demonstrate skillful execution.

All entrants are required to submit three works to the theme On the Brink: Visualising Climate Change.

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Who can enter ?

The competition is open to all entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa and aged 18 years and older.

Artists currently represented by StateoftheART are not eligible to enter.

Entrants must be new or emerging artists (recent fine arts graduates and art students are also encouraged to enter) who have not yet held a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery.




THE 2020 AWARD HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2021





StateoftheART Gallery Award