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.
There is a gallery for every artist; each different, and each with a specific focus on the type of work they exhibit. Finding the proper gallery—and gallerist—takes careful consideration. Understanding your niche and who you are as an artist is key to a successful application. Artists seeking representation with StateoftheART should research our gallery before making contact to ensure that their art is complementary and is likely to appeal to our clientele.
To be considered:
1) All work must be original and not copied.
2) You must be aged 18 or older and 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) Do not submit work that is more than 12 months old
6) Applications must be completed in English
7) We do not accept Fantasy Painting, Sunday Painting, Glamour Art, Manga, Amateur
Art, or Commercial Art.
8) We are looking for Professional quality work by trained artists living in South Africa, however we do
accept some self trained applicants. Applications
must be in English and include an Artists Statement.
(Information that will
contextualize the work or otherwise contribute to an interpretation and appreciation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
attaching 5 high definition jpegs of recent work you have available that has not been exhibited elsewhere. Do not submit links to Google Drive/Google Documents as your application will be discarded.
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 email@example.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 from 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, Importantly, the majority of the proceeds from a sale go to the artist who created the work. Our commission covers administration and cost of sale, website hosting and development, our PR campaigns and
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
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.
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
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 through solo and group exhibitions, to Corporates, through PR events as well as print and social media. We regularly feature in Southern Vines magazine and the SA Art Times, and articles have been written by Top Billing Magazine, Garden & Homes, The
Sunday Times and many more.
Do I need to sign my artwork?
All art should be signed. It is important in identifying you as the creator.
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
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 through StateoftheART?
Contact us immediately at 061 129 1899 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 has received the artwork before making payment. This is because
we offer a seven-day money back guarantee and we wait seven days to make sure that your buyer is not going to return it.
How do I submit my art once my application has been accepted by
You can send us your artwork using WeTransfer or Dropbox. The image must be in focus, true to the color
of the art, and at least 1500 pixels wide at a minimum of 150dpi.