Sasol New Signatures 2024: Take advantage of informative sessions

Sasol New Signatures 2024 winner, Nosiviwe Matikinca. PHOTO: Supplied

The Sasol New Signatures Competition has kick-started its search for artistic talent on 8 May 2024 and has served the visual arts community for 34 years.

It is known to be the longest-running competition of its kind in South Africa. The competition offers emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and gain exposure within the visual art ecosystem.

The Sasol New Signatures Competition is open to South African visual artists who are over the age of 18 and have not yet held a solo exhibition. This competition is an exciting opportunity for artists to get noticed.

Chairperson Pfunzo Sidogi, and Sasol Art Curator, Cate Terblanche, will be hosting four more sessions in 2024. The sessions are aimed at assisting prospective entrants in preparing their submissions, addressing common questions, and highlighting key areas of improvement noted by past judges.

The judges will be providing valuable insights and guidance because these sessions aim to ensure that submitted works are competition-ready and meet the high standard required for selection in the final exhibition and catalogue.

Sidogi encouraged all entrants to take advantage of these information sessions, including those from 2023, and to download the supporting factsheets from the website.

“These resources will not only enhance their chances in this competition but will also benefit them as they progress in their artistic careers,” Sidogi mentioned.

The 2024 information session videos will be aired once a week on Wednesdays, starting from 8 May 2024 and can be accessed on the Facebook pages of Sasol and the Association of Arts Pretoria, and on the Sasol New Signatures website.

Session 1:  What’s new this year? – 8 May

An overview of changes to the competition rules, submission points and types of art which can be submitted, including the use of AI.

Session 2:  Copyright and the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition – 15 May

Guest speaker Jenny Pienaar from Adams & Adams Attorneys will discuss the importance of understanding the copyright law for artists.

Session 3:  Why wasn’t my work selected? – 22 May

This session focusses on feedback from last year’s competition, with specific emphasis on reasons why works are disqualified.

Session 4:  What makes a winning work? – 29  May

In the last session, we look at some of the artworks by previous winners and discuss why they were successful.

Artworks can be submitted at one of several collection points around the country on Tuesday 4 June and Wednesday 5 June from 10h00 to 16h00.  A completed entry form and supporting documentation must be submitted along with the artworks.


Compiled by Abigail Visagie