Sasol New Signatures 2021 - call for entries

Jun 1 - Sep 8 2021    
Sasol New Signatures is one of South Africa's most prestigious art prizes for young emerging artists, and also one of the longest-running art competitions of its kind.  After having to be cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid crisis, the annual competition for emerging South African artists returns in 2021. The closing date for entries is September 8, 2021.

Held under the tagline 'the art of innovation' the New Signatures award is renowned for launching the careers of many exciting contemporary young artists, some of whom have gone on to international acclaim, such as 2012 winner Mohau Modisakeng who later co-led an installation at the South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

The finalists and winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday November 10 and all the winning works by this year's finalists go on display in a special dedicated exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum from November 11, 2021 to January 9, 2022. The winner of the Sasol New Signatures 2021 award will receive R100,000 and a solo exhibition, the runner-up R25,000 and the five 'merit award' winners R10,000 each.


The competition is open to all South African artists aged 18+ who have not yet hosted their own solo exhibition, artists can submit up to two artworks for consideration in any artistic medium including photography, performance art, video and installations. 

On Tuesday September 7 and Wednesday September 8 artists are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Gqeberha (PE), Pretoria and Polokwane.

For more on how to submit works to Sasol New Signatures visit


Jun 1 2021 - Sep 8 2021
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