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Emerging Painting Invitational Prize 2019 launched in Harare, Zimbabwe

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Emerging Painting Invitational Prize (EPI) – an international art platform developed by the Emerging African Art Galleries Association (EAAGA) to support and recognise excellence of emerging painters living and working on the continent and to create new exciting opportunities for engagement with art and art centres in Africa for local and international collectors, art professionals and general audiences.

Through a selection process by the Nominating Committee made up by members of EAAGA and guest experts, 15-20 of the most promising painters under 35 from across Africa are invited to present works for an exhibition and consideration for a range of cash, residency and exhibition prizes, as well as an opportunity to attend the launch of the finalist exhibition, meet fellow artists and engage with international art professionals.

Artworks from the finalists.

Each year, EPI will be hosted by a different EAAGA member gallery, giving an opportunity to promote another African city as an art and culture destination.

The inaugural EPI will be launched in Harare, Zimbabwe, 26-28th of July 2019with an exhibition of finalists, attended by the artists. The launch is supported by a 3-day weekend programme of events including a symposium, studio visits, master classes and group visits to art and culture venues across Harare.

EPI Harare 2019 is being made possible with generous support of Strauss & Co, Africa First, Art Africa Magazine, Ngoma NeHosho, Emerging Africa Art Galleries Association, Pro Helvetia Johannesburg/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), The African Arts Trust, Prince Claus Ticket Fund, First Floor Gallery Harare, Oldenburg Wines, Latitude art fair, Rwandair, Latilla Consulting and Sandalwood Lodge Harare.

Welcome to our beautiful city Harare for the first edition of Emerging Painting Invitational!

Marcus Gora

List of Finalists:

Adonias Ocom (Uganda)
Amanda Mushate (Zimbabwe)
Arim Andrew (Uganda)
Catheris Mondombo (DRC)
Epheas Maposa (Zimbabwe)
Jonathan Okoronkwo (Ghana)
Kaloki Nyamai (Kenya)
Kimathi Mafafo (South Africa)
Sarufel Amare (Ethiopia)
Leayne Tilahun (Ethiopia)
Mohamed Saïd Chaer (Morocco)
Nelly Guambe (Mozambique)
Nelsa Guambe (Mozambique)
Nhlanhla Dumakude Nhlapo (South Africa)
Pebofatso Mokoena (South Africa)
Rory Emmett (South Africa)
Sarah Grace Fraser (South Africa)
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