About

The Absa L’Atelier art competition is one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. The competition, which has been running for 35 years this year, 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 afforded 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 and permanent residents of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia (and who reside in the these countries), are eligible to enter the competition.

For more details, kindly contact Dr Paul Bayliss at gallery@absa.co.za. 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
French Embassy in South Africa
Institut Français Afrique du Sud

Message from Avitha Sooful, National President, SANAVA
Message from Mtunzi Jonas, General Manager Sponsorship, Absa