StateoftheART Gallery Award 2020: Call for entries

StateoftheART is delighted to present a national open call for artists to apply to the 3nd edition of the StateoftheART Gallery Award, a visual arts prize aimed at uncovering emerging South African talent.  Entry is open to all artists domiciled in South Africa, aged 18 years to 35 years, and who have not held a solo exhibition with a commercial gallery.

The winner of the 2020 StateoftheART Gallery Award will receive a R20 000 cash prize and a solo exhibition with StateoftheART.  Finalists will participate in a group exhibition at the Cape Town gallery in September this year.  Entries open online on 01 April 2020, and close at midday on 30 June 2020. The award winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of the Finalists Group Exhibition in September 2020.

The Award jury comprises of experts from different spheres of the art world: artist, academic, curator, and gallerist. The jury’s role is to help recognize artists who stand out above the rest, who demonstrate significant potential, interesting ideas, and skillful execution.

“The participation of a knowledgeable jury is of great importance to us in helping to develop the stature and scale of the Award and ensuring we identify and reward the most exciting talent,” says Jennifer Reynolds, owner of StateoftheART.

About the Award

The StateoftheART Gallery Award aims to unearth and promote artists who have yet to establish a profile on the contemporary South African art scene. It provides an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work in a prestigious and highly visible space in the heart of Cape Town, to gain exposure and raise their profile.

The Award is open to artists working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art and sculpture. There is no participation fee and artists are required to submit three cohesive artworks to the 2020 Award theme ‘On The Brink: Visualising Climate Change’. Entry is online only.


About StateoftheART Gallery

StateoftheART is an innovative boutique-style gallery and e-commerce platform representing selected emerging and mid-career visual artists from across South Africa. Established in 2010 and a pioneer in the online art market, StateoftheART offers a carefully curated collection of affordable contemporary art directly to buyers through their 'click-to-buy' service for collectors unable to visit their Cape Town gallery in person. 
The gallery hosts an exciting program of exhibitions by up-and-coming local artists. For more information on gallery events visit


Important Dates:

For artists wishing to enter the competition, the entry deadline is 30 June 2020. Finalists will be announced on the gallery website in August 2020, and the finalists’ exhibition will take place during September 2020.
The 2019 winner Balekane Legoabe’s solo exhibition ‘What If Feels Like To Be In Water’ will open at StateoftheART Gallery in Cape Town on 18 June 2020.
For more information and competition rules visit
For regular updates on the Award follow StateoftheART Gallery’s social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, or register to receive the latest via email here.