Absa L’Atelier Art Competition for Visual Artists in Africa

Absa L’Atelier Art Competition for Visual Artists in Africa

  • The Absa L’Atelier art competition is one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. The competition, which has been running for 36 years this year, is hosted annually by Absa in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).


  • There are 12 countries that qualify to take part in the Absa L’Atelier art competition.

  • The 12 countries are randomly divided into three groups of four countries each.

  • Artists within each group compete against each other.

  • There is no competition among the three groups – artists compete within each group only.

  • Artists are required to submit one entry which consists of a portfolio of a minimum of four and a maximum of five artworks.

  • Submission of less than four and more than five artworks will result in the artist’s immediate disqualification.

  • Each group of four countries will have a different group of adjudicators.

  • A single winner will be selected from each of the three groups of four countries – one winner from Group A, one winner from Group B, and one winner from Group C.

  • Absa will then bring the entered artwork from each of the group winners to the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • The abovementioned winning artworks will make up the final exhibition, along with the Gerard Sekoto Award winner.

  • The winner of each group will be referred to as an Absa L’Atelier Ambassador.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Absa L’Atelier Art Competition for Visual Artists in Africa

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