The Absa L’Atelier is a leading Pan-African art competition. The Absa L’Atelier, which has been running for 36 years, is hosted annually by Absa in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

Every year, dynamic, inspiring and young visual artists from across Africa are given the opportunity to develop their talents abroad through the Absa L’Atelier. Additionally, the competition offers them a platform to explore themes and contemporary issues that will bring their possibilities to life. One only has to look at the past winning artists who have become the competition’s ambassadors, to see how winning the Absa L’Atelier art competition has helped to launch their careers and ultimately to grow their craft on a global stage.  

Artists, aged 21 to 40, who are citizens, permanent residents and residing in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, are eligible to enter for the competition.

For more details, kindly contact Dr Paul Bayliss at gallery@absa.africa. For further information on SANAVA, visit www.sanava.co.za

Partners and Sponsors

Primary partners

Absa Group Limited
South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA)

Sponsors of the Gerard Sekoto Award

Alliance Française in South Africa
The French Embassy in South Africa
Institut Français Afrique du Sud

Message from Avitha Sooful, National President, SANAVA