Just your raw talent is what is needed in order to make entry to the South African fines art competition. The country’s best artist with the loud speaking art work will be crowned in Pretoria landmark, Pretoria Art Museum hence thus after intensive competition endurance.

The competition provides an excellent platform for emerging artists to apply their skills, to express their creative talent and to enter into the professional arts world. 

The Sasol New Signatures art competition which established by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the 1960’s is calling for artist who will brave the heat of competition to make their entry for this year’s Sasol new signature. The competition is recognised as the longest running national art competition in South Africa.

The closing date for submissions to the Sasol New Signatures art competition is fast approaching. Emerging artists across the country are invited to enter their master pieces into the country’s longest running art competition, before the closing date. 

Artists can enter a maximum of two works at several national collection points. The submission dates are 15 and 16 July 2014, between 10h00 and 16h00. On both days regional judges will select approximately 100 works nationally that will be exhibited at the official opening of the Sasol New Signatures exhibition and prize-giving ceremony.

The competition is open to artists who are 18 years and older who have not held a solo exhibition (a body of at least 20 works exhibited in a commercial gallery), except for academic purposes. 

The competition provides an opportunity for emerging artists to express their creative talent on a platform which rewards innovation and creativity. 

This year the executive sponsor of this competition, Sasol celebrates a milestone in its contribution towards the development of South Africa’s arts and culture industry as its 25th year as a lead sponsor of the Sasol New Signatures art competition. 

Reflecting on the art careers of former winners and considering the acclaim they gained in our country, as well as internationally, it can be said that the Sasol New Signatures competition is not only a stepping stone into the South African art background but it has also become a gateway to the visual arts on a global level.

 “There is no doubt that art is one of the biggest platforms of expression. As a company, we are a proud corporate sponsor of arts and cultural projects and we are privileged to have been a part of this competition over the past 25 years,” said Richard Hughes, Sasol Sponsorship Manager.

“Each year we see an increase in the quality of entries submitted and the competition continues to prove that there is immense artistic talent that exists in our country. More than that, we are committed to developing South African artists. In 2012 the competition received recognition from Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)for increasing access to the arts, which is testament to the role and value that this competition has played in taking arts to a broader society,” he said.

Artists will be able to enter their works at various national collection points, giving participants from all over the country an opportunity to be part of the competition. The competition winner will receive a R100 000 cash prize as well as a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Museum next year. The runner up will receive a cash prize of R25 000 and the five merit winners will each be awarded R10 000.





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