Top 102 artists selected

2015-04-30 17:01

A TOTAL of 102 young artists from different regions within Africa and South Africa have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 L’Atelier Art Competition.

The artists were chosen out of more than 773 entries received from across the country and continent, and represent some of the top emerging artists in Africa today.

The L’Atelier competition is South Africa’s most prestigious art contest, offering the winners exceptional exposure, outstanding growth opportunities and international art residency prizes.

This year’s competition is even more noteworthy, as it sees its 30th year anniversary as well as its pe-netration into Africa.

“The L’Atelier Art Competition has had a significant impact on the lives of South African artists, and Barclays Africa is privileged to be able to continue this tradition and extend it to young and emerging artists from other African countries,” says Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum curator.

From 2015, artists between the ages of 21 to 35 years in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya were invited to take part in the art competition.

The artists were selected as finalists following the recent regional exhibition round, during which all their pieces were on public display.

“As in previous years the level of entries received was exceptionally high, which made the adjudication process even harder.

“We believe that the artists who experience these residen-cies will gain much knowledge and experience from the international exposure that will ultimately benefit them and the visual arts in their home country,” says Bayliss.

To find out more about this year’s competition and the pri-zes, please visit

The 2015 L’Atelier Art Competition finalists will be announced at a glittering event on Wednesday, 15 July, at the Absa Art Gallery in Johannesburg.

The L’Atelier Art Competition is run in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (Sanava), which sponsors the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies.

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