StateoftheART Gallery Award 2019

StateoftheART is on a mission to uncover the next art superstar in South Africa and offering one talented rising artist a R20 000 cash award and solo exhibition.


We are accepting submissions from entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa, aged 18 years  or older on the 01 January 2019, 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 2019 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 Cultivating Culture.


Who can enter ?

The competition is open to all entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa and aged 18 and older on the 01 January 2019.

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 encouraged to enter) who have not yet held a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery.


Online entry is open from 01 April 2019 and closes on 30 June 2019.