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Archive 2017

Kumalo's lost Madala comes to market

Posted on 9 November 2017

A very rare example from this series, Madala VI (estimate R700 000 - 900 000), will go on sale at Strauss & Co's live auction at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, on 13 November.


Absa Gallery hosts first-ever group exhibition of all Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners

Posted on 9 November 2017

The Absa Gallery, inspired by Sekoto's contributions to South African art, brings together, for the first time, all the Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners in one exhibition.


Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2018 Announced

Posted on 2 November 2017

Igshaan Adams wins in the Visual Arts Category of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards conferred by the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank on deserving young South African artists.


Entries for Suzanne Shaw Creative Award 2018 now open

Posted on 12 October 2017

The Fulcrum Group, in collaboration with The Bag Factory Artists' Studios and Business and Arts South Africa, BASA, are excited to announce that the call for entries for the annual, Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Awards are now open.


Visual history takes center stage at 2017 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards

Posted on 27 September 2017

The first prize was awarded to Muntu Vilakazi for his photographic triptych entitled Imvuselelo, Inkonzo, Uhambo exploring the visual documentation of contemporary black history in South Africa.


Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2017 Winners

Posted on 27 September 2017

The winners of the 2017 City of Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


Gender issues highlighted at 2017 Absa L'Atelier Competition

Posted on 14 September 2017

Maral Bolouri of Kenya was awarded the overall 2017 Absa L'Atelier prize for Mothers and Others, a multi-sensory, interactive installation that investigates representations of women in African oral traditions.


Absa L'Atelier 2017 Top 10 Finalists

Posted on 14 September 2017

The top 10 finalists for the 2017 Absa L'Atelier 2017 art competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


Animated film by Lebohang Kganye wins Sasol New Signatures 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

Johannesburg-based artist, Lebohang Kganye won the coveted 2017 Sasol New Signatures award for her animated film Ke sale teng (I'm still here). Created using cutouts of family members and other props in a diorama, the film explores how photo albums contain a fixed but constructed account of the family structure.


Sasol New Signatures announces seven finalists for 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

The finalists for the 2017 edition of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier

Posted on 22 August 2017

Fourthwall Books presents the upcoming publication of Kim Gurney's August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier, a fascinating study of the role of the atelier and its artists in South Africa's fractious art world.


2016 Sasol New Signatures Winner Zyma Amien exhibits Real Lives and Ordinary Objects at Pretoria Art Museum

Posted on 17 August 2017

Previous winners of New Signatures competition are testament to the positive impact winning it has had on their artistic careers. Among them is Zyma Amien, Sasol New Signatures 2016 winner, who will be holding her solo exhibition in Pretoria from 31 August to 8 October 2017.


KZNSA launches Park Contemporary Gallery

Posted on 11 August 2017

A brand new exciting retail gallery will be opening within KwaZulu Natal's foremost contemporary art gallery, the KZNSA in Glenwood, to offer affordable, bespoke original art and collectables, formally opening to the public in mid August.


Margaret Nel exhibits over four decades of work in major retrospective

Posted on 10 August 2017

A major retrospective exhibition by South African artist Margaret Nel will be shown at the Pretoria Art Museum from 15 October 2017 until 28 January 2018, featuring a selection of over 70 paintings, spanning a career of over four decades. The themes demonstrate progression in technique, subject matter and influences within Nel's career, while simultaneously tracing common conceptual motifs running through her entire body of work.


The Art Curator Gallery hosts fundraising event in support of the Cape Leopard

Posted on 17 July 2017

The Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Estate has joined forces with The Cape Leopard Trust and esteemed South African artist Fuz Caforio Wildlife Art to host a high-calibre fundraising event in support of the ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard and conserve its ever-decreasing natural habitat.


Sharon Sampson explores the cycle of life at Halifax Art

Posted on 6 July 2017

Moved by a series of incidents surrounding a well-nigh 100 year old oak tree in the artist's garden, Sampson explores the cycle of life - growth, maturity, decay, and most significantly, renewal and rejuvenation - occurring in nature in her new exhibition in Johannesburg.


David Koloane Mentorship Award Programme - Call for Applications

Posted on 22 June 2017

The David Koloane Award is a celebration of the life and career of Dr. David Koloane, internationally respected artist, curator, writer and founder of the Bag Factory Artists' Studios.


Fourthwall Books and Gallery MOMO announce the publication of first major retrospective book on Andrew Tshabangu

Posted on 26 April 2017

The new publication titled Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints is the first major retrospective book on the work of the acclaimed South African photographer.


Hannelie Coetzee presents the second Art/Science #FireGrazer performance at the NIROX Sculpture Park

Posted on 26 April 2017

Hannelie Coetzee will direct 'Locust and Grasshopper', the second Art/Science #FireGrazer performance, on 24 June 2017 with the live burning of new imagery onto the grasslands


Know the Show: Wits Art Museum Annual Lecture Series 2017

Posted on 12 April 2017

Following on the success of last year's lecture series, WAM presents in-depth insights from 19 April - 31 May 2017 into the various exhibitions, artists and artworks included in the 2017 exhibitions programme.


Norman Catherine artworks to be auctioned in Paris

Posted on 11 April 2017

Works by one of David Bowie's favourite artists - South African Norman Catherine - will go on auction at Piasa in Paris on 20 April 2017.


Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2017 edition launched

Posted on 10 April 2017

Discovering and promoting South Africa's artistic talent is at the very heart of Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. Entries for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition are now officially opened


Banele Khoza announced as winner of 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Posted on 6 April 2017

Banele Khoza wins the 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award with his work, Untitled (triptych), which comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity".


Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life

Posted on 27 March 2017

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.


Collen Maswanganyi film showcases life-changing opportunities of L'Atelier art competition

Posted on 22 March 2017

The power of the L'Atelier art competition to open doors for young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world, is highlighted in a new short film on L'Atelier Merit Award winner, Collen Maswanganyi.


2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition launches 15 March 2017

Posted on 10 March 2017

Following the success of last year's competition, Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum, will launch the 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.


Rivalry to revelry: 2017 art competitions in South Africa

Posted on 15 February 2017

The "juried process" of art competitions is a necessary career step for emerging artists who want to be considered as a serious artists. Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy cash and other prizes. Art.co.za takes a look at what 2017 art competition opportunities are available.


Jozi's Ornico City Launches with Art Auction to Benefit Education

Posted on 13 February 2017

Ornico marks its move from Sandton to the inner city by championing Johannesburg artists and raising funds for Malvern Primary School.


The Bag Factory Artists' Studios launches Non-Metropolitan Mentorship Programme

Posted on 13 February 2017

The Bag Factory Artists' Studios presents the Non-metropolitan Mentorship Programme aimed at young visual artists from areas outside of the traditional metropolitan 'art' centres of South Africa.


Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count - dealers, collectors, curators, agents, critics and the like. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2017.


London's Grosvenor Gallery exhibits works by South African Dumeni Feni at Frieze New York in May 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017

At Frieze New York 2017, Grosvenor Gallery will be exhibiting the work of South African artist Dumile Feni (1942-1991). Exiled from his homeland by Apartheid, he lived in London and New York, until his death there in 1991.


Art10K at Bowmans in Cape Town

Posted on 9 January 2017

Launched in 2015, art10K Projects will be hosting its third event back in Cape Town on the evening of Thursday 12 January 2017, at the prestigious law firm, Bowmans.


Studio Space at Greatmore Studios

Posted on 9 January 2017

Studio Space available at Greatmore Studios. Greatmore Studios has a long and proud history of supporting Art Making and the development of an artists' professional practice.


Registration and submission deadlines for L'Atelier 2017 announced

Posted on 9 January 2017

The registration and submission deadlines for 2017's L'Atelier have been finalised and young African artists hoping to participate in the continent's pre-eminent art competition are urged to note these dates and get their entries in on time.


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