L’Atelier is looking to award visual artists between age 21 and 35 the opportunity to develop their art abroad in an art competition titled Give Art Life.
Established in South Africa 33 years ago, L’Atelier is one of the longest-running and most prestigious visual art competitions in Africa. It has now opened invitations to other African countries for the first time since its inception to include Nigeria and Namibia.
“We are very excited to welcome Namibian and Nigerian artists on board, and to see them join so many other artists from across the African continent in taking up the opportunities presented to them through this competition,” says Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum Curator.
Other participating countries include South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and Mozambique.
Winners in the competition are to be awarded a six-month art residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and a cash prize of R330 000.
In addition, there are opportunities for merit awards. The first merit prize is a three-month art residency at the Bag Factory in South Africa, the second merit prize, a two-month art residency at the Sylt Foundation, on the island of Sylt in Germany, and the third merit prize, a one-month art residency with the Ampersand Foundation in New York, USA.
All top 10 finalists in the competition will be placed on a two-day art professional course to coach them on managing their careers.
To apply for the 2018 competition, click the following link. www.lateliercompetition.com
Deadline – April 27 2018, 16:00 (CAT)
Image: Mothers and Others, Installation, Maral Bolouri – Kenyan Artist (via lateliercompetition.com)