Announcing The State Of The Art Gallery Award


SIGNATURE (noun): a distinctive mark, characteristic, etc, that identifies a person or thing. Similar to a handwritten signature, a signature work describes the work as readily identifying its creator.

StateoftheART is on a mission to uncover the next art superstar in South Africa and offering one talented up-and-coming artist a R10 000 cash award and solo exhibition.

We will be accepting submissions from  entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa and who are 18 years of age or older on the 01 January 2018. Local judges will choose finalists whose work will go on show in a group exhibition at our Cape Town gallery in September 2018 for a final round of judging.  All shortlisted artists will have the opportunity to join StateoftheART as one of our featured artists.

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 a minimum of four works which define their theme, signature and aesthetic as an artist. The online entry  form will be available on the website from 1st February 2018 till 15 July 2018. Competition and Exhibition Rules and Application Form are available HERE