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Barclays Africa launches the 2015 Barclays L’Atelier – In the 30th year of this prestigious art competition, the search is on for Africa’s top young artists, and they’re looking for you!

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The Barclays L’Atelier art competition is open to young African visual artists from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana and Zambia.

Over the past 30 years, the Barclays L’Atelier (previously known as the Absa L’Atelier) art competition has become renowned for inspiring, motivating and promoting young and emerging artists. Now, for the first time, the competition is open to young artists outside of South Africa.

Prizes are sponsored by Barclays Africa, the Alliance Française, the French Institute, the French Embassy and SANAVA, and include international residencies in New York, Paris and Johannesburg as well as mentorships by established artists. 


Who:        Artists aged 21 to 35 who reside in South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya or Zambia.

Where:     Enter online at lateliercompetition.com

When:      Entries are open from 19 January 2015 to 6 March 2015.

                 Artwork is to be delivered to collection points from 2 to 6 March 2015.


The Grand Prize: Three to six months’ residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, R150 000 in cash from Barclays Africa and a solo exhibition at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Merit Awards:

•   A two-month residency at the Sylt Foundation on the Island of Sylt, Germany

•   A one-month residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York, USA for South  

     African citizens and non-Ampersand Fellows only

•   A three-month residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa for

     non-South African residents only.

The Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising South African Artist: Three months’ stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, as well as nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French.

Top Ten Finalists: A ten-day art professionalism course in Johannesburg, South Africa and a 12-month mentorship.

For more information, including contact details, have a look on the website!

ENTER NOW! Entries close 6 March 2015.


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