The Spier Contemporary Competition and Exhibition

The Spier Contemporary competition and exhibition has been conceived to provide a platform for visual and performance artists to show their work, uncompromised by the limitations of technology, space and access.

Artists in South Africa work under extremely varied conditions and see from radically different perspectives.

The core project of the Spier Contemporary is a national competition that will culminate as an exhibition of up to 100 artists.

The competition is open to all art forms including, but not exclusive to, the traditional mediums (e.g. painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture) and newer languages (e.g. installation, new media, film or performance).

There are genuinely no limitations.

The exhibition draws work from a national submission process, is selected by a team of curators and then launched in Cape Town as an exhibition in over 3,000 square metres of space.

After Cape Town the exhibition will travel to Johannesburg and then Durban.

The Spier Contemporary will provide an extraordinary opportunity to showcase artists who work in diverse media from a broad range of cultural contexts.

Artists living in South Africa are invited to reflect their experiences, lives, hopes and fears through new work, which can be submitted to the Spier Contemporary.

It is through these submissions and the work selected for the exhibition that we hope new voices and the languages to speak them will emerge, which can help us read and understand who and what we are as a nation.


  • Any person living in South Africa over the age of 21.


    Up to 100 artists will be selected for the exhibition.

  • Each artist selected for the final exhibition will receive an artist fee of R4,000 (cash payment by EFT on final selection) regardless of how many of their artworks are selected.
  • Any submissions from artist collectives will only receive one artist fee.
  • Five to seven awards will be made.
  • These award winners will share up to R800,000 in prize money for career development.

    Deadline: 30th October

    For more information and application, visit: The Spier Contemporary Competition and Exhibition Website

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