The Absa L’Atelier art competition rewards young visual artists, aged 21 to 40, with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. This is clearly evidenced by the previous winners and the benefits and experience they attained by participating.
There are 12 countries that form part of the 2019 Absa L’Atelier. The 12 countries are randomly divided into three groups of four countries each. Artists within each group compete against each other. There is no competition between the three groups – artists compete within each group only. The winner of each group will be referred to as the Absa L’Atelier Ambassador.
The artist is required to submit one entry which consists of a portfolio of a minimum four and a maximum of five artworks. Submission of less than four and more than five artworks will result in the artist’s immediate disqualification. Each group of four countries have a different set of adjudicators.
A single winner will be selected from each group of four countries (i.e. one winner from Group A, one winner from Group B, one winner from Group C). Absa will then bring to the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg the winners entered artwork from each Group. The abovementioned winning artworks will make up the final exhibition with the Gerard Sekoto winner.