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Africa’s Prestigious Art Competition is Taking Submissions

Registration for the 2017 Barclays L’Atelier art competition opens on 20 February 2017 while all artworks must be completed and submitted to their nearest collection point between 24 and 28 April 2017.

The registration and submission deadlines for next year’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.

“Compared to previous years, these timelines give artists more time to complete the high quality submissions the adjudicators are looking for,” said Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum curator.

L’Atelier 2017– hosted in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) – enters its 32nd year and is aimed at young, up and coming contemporary visual artists aged 21 to 35. The art competition aims to nurture young talent, and serves as a platform for emerging artists to make their mark in the African art arena.

The competition is open to artists in the 10 African countries where Barclays Africa has a footprint, namely, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and, for the first time in 2017, Mozambique.

Registration will once again be online (artists can submit up to a maximum of three artworks), with works being physically delivered to collection points for initial adjudication. Physical works will not be accepted at the collection points if artists have not completed their online registration.

Independent adjudicators at the collection points – to be announced when registration opens on 20 February 2017 – will select the works that will go forward to the final adjudication round, which will be held in Johannesburg in June 2017.

The L’Atelier completion has been instrumental in launching many significant careers in the visual arts and next year will once again feature a string of highly coveted art residency prizes for the top two winners and top three merit award recipients, in addition to a significantly increased cash prize of R300 000.

Full competition details can be found at

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