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Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2019 - Last call for entries

28 May 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa – With just 3 weeks to go until entries close, now is the time to get your entry ready for submission.

Held annually, in proud partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, this prestigious competition is open to all South African artists who are 18 years and older and have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, visual art, video and installations.

The focus of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is to shine the spotlight on South African artistic talent and create opportunities to showcase undiscovered artists.  Being the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, Sasol New Signatures has over the years provided a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream.

Said Professor Pieter Binsbergen, National Chairman, underliningthe importance of entering for anyone committed to a career in art: “To win is great, but that is not the sole objective here. Artists who enter this competition should do so to benchmark their skills and abilities against their peers and contemporaries at a national level. To be a finalist or a ‘top 100’ new signature is winning in its own right.”

Contemporary, innovative and emerging artists with winning aspirations are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country from 10h00 to 16h00 on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 and Wednesday, 19 June 2019.

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on 21 August at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the prestigious Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 22 August 2019 to Sunday, 29 September 2019.

The winner will receive R100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition, with the runner up winning R25 000 and the five merit award winners receiving R10 000 each.   

To enter, please visit: http://www.sasolsignatures.co.za and download the entry form.

Read our blog on Info Sessions Unpacked for more advice from our Chairman: https://www.sasolsignatures.co.za/blog/2019-info-sessions-unpacked

The National Chairperson will be at the the various collection points after the selection process to discuss with the entrants as to why certain entered works were accepted and others rejected. Entrants are strongly advised to attend the Feedback Sessions.


Drop off points on 18 June &, 19 June 2019.



Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

Tel: 051 447 9609

Cape Town

AVA (Association for Visual Arts Gallery), 35 Church Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 424 7436


KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

Tel: 031 277 1705

East London

Ann Bryant Art Gallery, 9 St Mark Road, Southernwood, East London

Tel: 043 722 4044


Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

Tel: 010 344 5341


The Polokwane Art Museum, Library Gardens, corner Grobler & Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane

Tel: 015 290 2579/8

Port Elizabeth

Quad Gallery, Nelson Mandela University, North Campus, University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

Tel: 041 504 3256


Pretoria Art Museum, corner Francis Baard (previously Schoeman) and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park, Pretoria

Tel: 012 358 6750

Feedback Sessions and Collection Dates:


Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 13h00

Sasol Place Works not selected must be collected before 16h00


Friday, 21 June 2019 at 13h00

Oliewenhuis Art Museum Works not selected must be collected before 16h00


Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 12h00

KZNSA Gallery Works not selected must be collected before 16h00

Port Elizabeth

Monday, 24 June 2019 at 13h00

Quad Gallery Works not selected must be collected before 16h00

East London

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at 13h00

Ann Bryant Art Gallery Works not selected must be collected before 16h00

Cape Town

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 at 13h00

AVA (Association for Visual Arts Gallery) Works not selected must be collected before 16h00


Monday, 1 July 2019 at 13h00

The Polokwane Art Museum Works not selected must be collected before 16h00


Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 13h00

Pretoria Art Museum Works not selected must be collected before 16h00


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