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Patrick Rulore, winner of Sasol New Signatures 2019 encourages emerging artists to pursue their dreams and enter the 2023 competition

Patrick Rulore, Winner of Sasol New Signatures 2019. Courtesy of Sasol New Signatures.

Patrick Rulore, winner of the prestigious Sasol New Signatures Art Competition in 2019, has shared the impact the competition has had on his life and career. Since his victory, Rulore’s career has experienced a significant boost, affirming his artistic journey and providing him with numerous opportunities. One notable milestone is his second solo exhibition hosted by the Bag Factory Artist Studios which has now travelled to the Sasol Art Gallery. The exhibition can be viewed by appointment until 11 July, as well as during regional submissions for Sasol New Signatures 2023 on 6 & 7 June. To make an appointment to view the exhibition, email art@sasol.com

“Winning the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition was a life-changing moment for me. It provided the confirmation I had been seeking in my career and opened doors to incredible opportunities. I am humbled to have become an inspiration to upcoming artists in South Africa” said Rulore.

With submissions just a week away, Rulore emphasised the importance of self-belief, originality, and perseverance in pursuing an artistic career. He acknowledged the challenges artists face and urged them to remain patient and open to learning. Rulore stated, “Being an artist is not an easy road, but it is a journey worth pursuing. Stay true to your vision, be open to new experiences, and have the endurance to overcome obstacles along the way.”

The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, which is presented in collaboration with the Association of Arts Pretoria, continues to provide a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent, gain exposure, and connect with the art community. The competition’s rich legacy spans over three decades, and it has played a pivotal role in nurturing artistic excellence and launching careers.

Artists wishing to submit their work can do so at designated collection points nationwide on Tuesday, 6 June, and Wednesday, 7 June, from 10:00 to 16:00. Along with the artworks, a completed entry form and supporting documentation must be included.

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on Wednesday, 6th September 2023. The winner will be awarded R100000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition. The runner-up will receive R25000, and five merit award winners will each receive R10000.

Drop off points for artists’ work: 

  • Bloemfontein: Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street
    Tel: 051 447 9609
  • Cape Town: Art B Gallery, Library Centre, Carl van Aswegen Street, Bellville
    Tel: 021 444 6500
  • Durban: KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
    Tel: 031 277 1705
  • Johannesburg: Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Wierda Valley, Sandton
    Tel: 010 344 5000 (Sasol Place Main Reception)
  • Polokwane: The Polokwane Art Museum, Library Gardens, corner Grobler & Hans van Rensburg Street
    Tel: 015 290 2579/8
  • Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth): NMU Bird Street Gallery – Nelson Mandela University, Bird Street Campus, 20 Bird Street, Central
    Tel: 041 504 3293
  • Pretoria: Pretoria Art Museum, corner Francis Baard and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park
    Tel: 012 358 6750

For more information on competition www.sasolsignatures.co.za

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