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New artists from the African continent shine at 2018 Absa L'Atelier Awards

Marguerite Kirsten, a fine artist from Cape Town, was the winner of the 2018 Absa L'Atelier awards for her installation Embodiment.

Art Exhibitions Opening This Week: 17 September 2018 - 23 September 2018

Posted on 17 September 2018

Your weekly guide to art exhibitions happening around South Africa.

Artist View: Inside Artists Studios

A weekly feature taking you inside our favourite artist's studio/workspace.

Nurturing Nature - Works on paper by John Moore exploring the fusion of African spirituality and mysticism in wildlife

Posted on 14 September 2018

Throughout his career, John Moore has explored the sacredness of wildlife and harmony seeking continuous inspiration from Khoisan iconography.

2018 Absa L'Atelier awards winners announced

Posted on 13 September 2018

The Absa L'Atelier awards winners feature exceptional woman artists exploring autobiographical experiences.

Rosendal Gallery presents the first annual small printmaking award

Posted on 10 September 2018

Rosendal Art and Framing is delighted to announce the first annual small printmaking competition featuring a first prize of R10 000 cash.

Deconstructed copper microorganisms by Ingrid Bolton

Posted on 6 September 2018

Bolton converts the thick black rubber and colourful strands of recycled copper cables into intricate and detailed works exploring the issue of cable theft.

Sasol New Signatures 2018 winners announced

Posted on 30 August 2018

The 2018 edition of the national art competition features 94 shortlisted works exploring lived experiences and collective identities.

2018 Sasol New Signatures winner explores histories of space and land

Posted on 30 August 2018

Stellenbosch-based artist, Jessica Storm Kapp, whose work Mapping Time investigates experiences of home and space touching on current issues and thoughts on land reform, was announced as the winner of this year's edition.

Meet the artists, buy their art, at the August House Open Studio Art Affair

Posted on 16 August 2018

South African art lovers and buyers who relish the opportunity to meet their favourite contemporary African visual artists in their private workspaces and personally engage the artists about their creative process will be delighted to hear August House is hosting its popular Open Studio event on Sunday, 2 September 2018.

Call for Applications: Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize

Posted on 14 August 2018

Artist Blessing Ngobeni will be supporting a young, emerging artist (under 35 and not represented by a gallery) with a twelve-week studio residency and solo exhibition at the Bag Factory Artists' Studios.

Tshepiso Mabula announced as 2018 recipient of Tierney Fellowship

Posted on 26 July 2018

The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation is excited to announce Tshepiso Mabula as the 11th recipient of the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.

Numbers: A multi-disciplinary exhibition curated by Keneilwe Mokoena

Posted on 19 July 2018

Throughout history, humans have associated symbolism to numbers. This exhibition at Hazard Gallery Johannesburg initiates a dialogue of the phenomena behind numbers through an immersive installation alongside a range of collectible artworks.

Studio visit with John Moore

Posted on 10 July 2018

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see John Moore, South African Master Printmaker, in his studio. Observe how he creates his work and see new images he is currently working on.

Call for Applications: David Koloane Award 2018

Posted on 21 June 2018

To celebrate the achievements and contributions of artist Dr David Koloane, one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, they are calling for applications for the 2018 David Koloane Award.

Applications open for inaugural State of the Art Gallery Award 2018

Posted on 24 May 2018

StateoftheART is delighted to announce the launch of the StateoftheART Gallery Award, a visual arts prize aimed at uncovering emerging South African talent.

Acclaimed Artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv returns to Johannesburg

Posted on 4 April 2018

The Melrose Gallery is pleased to present a captivating solo exhibition, the din of daily life by acclaimed artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv.

Is that a drawing? Hyperrealistic art that looks like photographs

Posted on 22 March 2018 found some South African and African artists who have mastered their skill.

Jenny Nijenhuis explores identity archetypes through sculpture

Posted on 22 February 2018

South African artist Jenny Nijenhuis uses her sculpture to explore identity archetypes.

Three dimensional paper cut sculpture by Daniel du Preez

Posted on 8 February 2018

Daniel du Preez transforms flat sheets of paper into three dimensional hypnotic patterned artworks inspired by unseen organisms, cells and atoms that surrounds us in our daily lives.

Exploration of the human condition by Maritha van Amerom

Posted on 1 February 2018

South African artist Maritha van Amerom uses her fascination in the human body/human condition to create mixed media artworks using oils, paper, feathers, inks, cotton etc.

Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2018

Posted on 18 January 2018

A handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2018.

Rivalry to Revelry: 2018 Art Competitions in South Africa

Posted on 11 January 2018

Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy prizes.

Highly detailed pastel portraits by Helena Hugo

Posted on 3 August 2017

After working for ten years almost exclusively in oils, she made a transition to the more direct medium of pastel creating highly detailed portraits of people - mostly South African labourers.

Three-dimensional insect sculptures by Retha Buitendach

Posted on 24 May 2017

Retha Buitendach creates small sculptures assembled from sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.

Ruan Huisamen creates hyper-realistic drawings with technical expertise and artistry

Posted on 3 November 2016

Self-taught artist Ruan Huisamen's charcoal portraits show a mastering of the human form.

Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Posted on 6 October 2016

Audrey Anderson began sketching to "up-grade" her skills. Using her sketchbooks, she took her drawing outside the studio.

Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria

Posted on 29 September 2016

The Noise We Make at the Association of Arts Pretoria features plaits of various shades of purple fabric creating an image that will resembles that of a sound wave.

Allen Laing creates a series of mixed media sculptural inventions

Posted on 11 August 2016

His interactive artworks made from everyday objects function as a new means to execute menial tasks, such as listening, seeing, smoking and taking a leak.

Majak Bredell creates hybrid figures of Mary Magdalene

Posted on 4 August 2016

Who was Mary Magdalene? Bredell answers this question through repeatedly re-creating and re-imagining her figure on various canvases, folio artist books and sketches.

Beautiful Imperfections in the Sculptures of Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Posted on 28 July 2016

He models his sculptures from everyday people, each figure containing imperfections that draws one closer, creating works that are real and human.

The Singing Rocks - Artist Jenna Burchell turns ancient rocks into songsmiths.

Posted on 23 June 2016

She repairs ancient, fractured rocks found in the Cradle of Humankind combining "golden joinery" with technology and sound, creating site-specific golden sound instruments.

Unusual Ways to Showcase Sculpture at Home

Posted on 28 April 2016

Adding original sculpture to your home can take your interiors to another dimension but can sometimes be difficult to integrate into your existing decor. suggests six ways to add sculpture to your home.

Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016

There is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. reviews 8 art apps.

South African Artists on Instagram You Should Follow

Posted on 14 April 2016

A list of the best South African artist Instagram accounts who offer streams filled with insights into the daily life of a professional artist.

South African Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Posted on 30 March 2016

We took a look at a group of independent South African artist project spaces recasting what a traditional gallery can be.