Join Us - Artists

StateoftheART represents early and mid-career artists living in South Africa. In addition to scouting promising, emerging artists to join StateoftheART, artists are also welcome to apply to be represented by us. We are a selective gallery; there is no charge to have a portfolio on the website (we take a commission on sales) and you determine the selling price.

To be considered:

1) All work must be original and not copied.
2) You must be resident in South Africa.
3) Have a look at the work on StateoftheART that has already been accepted. This will give you an idea of our criteria.
4) We are looking for high quality work in all disciplines and mediums.
5) We do not accept Fantasy Painting, Sunday Painting, Glamour Art, Manga, Amateur Art, or Commercial Art.
6) We are looking for Professional quality work by trained artists living in South Africa, however we do accept some self trained applicants. Applications must include an Artists Statement. (Information that will contextualize the work or otherwise contribute to an interpretation and appreciation of it)

We review applications on a weekly basis and if your work has been selected you will be contacted by a member of the team following our next Application Review. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, please understand that it is not possible for the gallery to critique work on an individual basis.


APPLY NOW

Download the application form, fill in your details then email to applications@stateoftheart-gallery.com attaching 5 high definition images of recent work you have available that has not been exhibited elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the requirements to exhibit my artwork through StateoftheART?
StateoftheART invites all emerging artists living in South Africa who do not have  online representation to apply. You do not need any previous gallery experience. In fact, we are excited to offer artists their first gallery exposure.

How do I exhibit my artwork at StateoftheART-gallery.com?
Applying for StateoftheART representation is a simple process. Complete the Preliminary Application form and email it to applications@stateoftheart-gallery.com  including 5 x digital images of your art for review. We will review your work and notify you within 7 days with a decision.

Does it cost money to exhibit my work for sale at StateoftheART?
No. StateoftheART covers the cost of displaying your art. It is our goal to provide promising emerging artists a platform on which to build their art careers.

Is there a commission on the sale of my artwork?
It is free to exhibit your artwork through StateoftheART. We receive a commission on the sale of each piece of art. The commission is put into our PR campaign and promotional activities such as corporate consultation, print and online advertising. This is an essential part of promoting you.

How is my art priced?
You determine the sale price - with advice where appropriate. When you submit digital images of your work for your portfolio you will be asked for the  selling price for each piece.

What if my suggested price does not match StateoftheART's price appraisal?
StateoftheART will work with you to achieve the most accurate price for your art. We exhibit artwork at prices that satisfy your needs and those of our customers. Art that is priced too high or too low does not sell well. We analyze previous sales and customer data to determine prices that please you and generate sales. In the event that your suggested price differs greatly from the StateoftheART-gallery.com price, we will contact you by email or telephone.

How do I know when my artwork is sold? What do I do once it is sold?
Once your art is sold, you will receive an email and/or telephone call notifying you of the sale. We will arrange for a courier to collect the sold artwork from you and we will ask you to package the work ready for shipping. That is all you have to do! You do not have to pay for shipping.

What type of artwork do you exhibit?
StateoftheART accepts applications for all two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums.

How do I submit my art once my application has been accepted by StateoftheART?
You can email us your artwork to  artists@stateoftheart-gallery.com using a quality JPEG or PDF file. The image must be in focus, true to the color of the art, and at least 1500 pixels wide at a minimum of 150dpi.


How are you marketing my artwork?
StateoftheART is committed to your art career. The commission we earn is put into PR, marketing campaigns, and promotional materials. We market your work to corporates, through PR events as well as print and online advertising. We have recently featured in SA Art Times, Top Billing Magazine, Garden & Homes, The Sunday Times and many more. We also exhibit work in our Cape Town gallery.

Do I need to sign my artwork?
All art should be signed. It is important in identifying you as the creator. In addition, many collectors prefer to purchase signed artwork.

Who owns the rights to my artwork once it is sold?
You retain the rights to your art after it is sold.

May I sell the same photograph more than once?
Yes. We accept Limited Edition works . Each copy should be signed and numbered in a location that will be visible once the piece is matted and framed.

If I exhibit my work at StateoftheART, may I seek other gallery representation?
StateoftheART has the exclusive right to market the artwork displayed on the website. This prevents the risk of selling the same piece of art to two different parties. However, we encourage you to pursue alternative physical gallery representation whilst  exhibiting through our galleries. This increases the exposure of your work .

What happens if a piece of art is damaged while it is currently being marketed at StateoftheART?
Contact us immediately at 072 4709272 and/or customerservice@stateoftheart-gallery.com so that we can perform the necessary actions to protect your patrons.

How do I get paid once my art is sold?
We will do an EFT into your bank account for the sale of your artwork. We wait eight to 14 days after the customer receives the artwork to send payment. This is because we offer a seven-day money back guarantee and we wait seven days to make sure that they are not going to return it.

What happens if I sell a piece of art independently that I currently have exhibited at StateoftheART?
You MUST notify us immediately or you will be in breach of contract and your affiliation with StateoftheART will be terminated. This action is potentially damaging to your reputation and to StateoftheART. Our ability to successfully promote emerging artists relies heavily on your integrity.