L'Atelier competition is a platform for emerging artists
The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (Sanava) is co-hosting the 32nd Barclays L’Atelier competition in 2017.
The competition aims to empower young, up and coming contemporary visual artists.
“This is a project that would not have been possible without our partners and the artists who have entered. “Compared to previous years, these timelines give artists more time to complete the high-quality submissions the adjudicators are looking for,” said Absa art and museum curator, Paul Bayliss.
Last year's winner, Stephen Rosin says; “The lesson [learnt from my experience] is not to give up and not to allow for despondency and disappointment of not coming anywhere".
“As artists, we tend to think if you’re not number one you’re nothing – it’s quite stupid. And I’ve seen artists who thought they’d won, so everything is going to fall at their feet and it doesn’t. It didn’t work like that for me.”
The competition aims to nurture young talent between the ages of 21 and 35 and serves as a platform for emerging artists to make their mark on the African art scene.
The competition has been instrumental in launching many significant careers in the visual arts arena and will once again feature a string of highly coveted art residency prizes for the top two winners and top three merit award recipients, in addition to a significantly increased cash prize of R300 000.
In 2016, the competition opened to artists in 10 African countries and maintains this footprint in 2017.
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