A total of 102 young artists from different regions within Africa and South Africa have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 L’Atelier Art Competition. The artists were chosen out of more than 773 entries received from across the country and continent and represent some of the top emerging artists in Africa today.
The L’Atelier competition is to date South Africa’s most prestigious art contest, offering the winners exceptional exposure, outstanding growth opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime international art residency prizes. This year’s competition is even more noteworthy, as it sees its 30th anniversary as well as its penetration into Africa to seek out talent across the continent.
"The L’Atelier art competition has had a significant impact on the lives of South African artists and Barclays Africa is privileged to be able to continue this tradition and extend it to young and emerging artists from other African countries," says Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum curator.
From 2015, artists aged 21 to 35 in South Africa as well as Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya were invited to take part in the art competition, which has carved a reputation for itself as a significant event in the lives of up-and-coming artists, providing an ideal springboard for any artist looking to further develop their career.
The artists were selected as finalists following the recent regional exhibition round, during which all their pieces were on public display.
Free State artists that were selected to go through to the final round are Johandi du Plessis with her work titled Process rendered visible, Jonette Erwee with Coin, Miné Kleynhans with Fountain of aid and Adelheid von Maltitz with Threshold.
In 2012 Free State artist Elrie Joubert won this sought after prize and the following year local artist Pauline Gutter won it. One can only hope that one of province’s finalists will walk away with the prize once again.
This year’s L’Atelier Art Competition finalists will be announced at a glittering gala evening on 15 July 2015 at the Absa Art Gallery in Johannesburg.