Young artists wanted for national art competition! Entries are invited for the 18th annual Absa L'Atelier competition, South Africa's longest running national art awards. The competition is open to artists between the ages of 21 and 35 who are resident in South Africa. Five prizes are awarded: The overall winner receives R70 000 in total from Absa, as well as a return air ticket to France, and up to six months accommodation at the world renowned artist colony, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Four additional merit prizes of R15 000 each will be awarded.
The closing date for entries in all the regions is 7 March 2003. Works will be received between 3 and 7 March 2003 at the following collection points:
The Arts Association of Belville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street. Tel: 021 918 2287.
Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Sasol Library Building, University Campus, University of the Free State. Tel: 051 401 2706
Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street. Tel: 031 311 2264
The East London Fine Art Society, Oxford Street. Tel: 043 722 4044
Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street. Tel: 011 350 5139 / 350 5793
The Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts, 38 Bird Street. Tel: 041 585 3641
Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, New Muckleneuk. Tel: 012 346 3110
Wild Coast Fine Arts Society, Art Department, Transkei College of Education, Southridge Park. Tel: 047 537 0001.
The original works of art must have been completed in the 24 months prior to the closing date and a maximum of three works may be entered, per artist at only one ollection point. Works in any medium will be accepted, but refer to entry forms for size and presentation specifications. Entry forms are available from all Absa branches countrywide as well as art galleries, technikons and universities. Phone SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts) on 012 328 7109 or Absa on 011 350 5793 for further details.
The Absa L'Atelier provides a platform for emerging artists to showcase their works and gives winners an opportunity to develop their talents abroad.