ABSA/SANAVA L’Atelier Art Competition for African Artists 2024

ABSA/SANAVA L’Atelier Art Competition for African Artists 2024

The Absa L’Atelier is a Pan-African art competition. The Absa L’Atelier is about affording the winning artist(s) with the relevant skillset to develop and thrive as an artist in a forever changing world.

The Absa L’Atelier is hosted annually by Absa in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). This year with be the 38th edition of the Absa L’Atelier.

Every year emerging visual artists from across Africa are given the opportunity to showcase their talents through the Absa L’Atelier. Additionally, the competition offers them a platform to explore themes and contemporary issues, while setting the stage to bring their possibilities to life. One only has to look at the past winning artists who have become Ambassadors, to see how winning the Absa L’Atelier has helped to launch their careers and ultimately to grow their craft on a global stage.

ABSA/SANAVA L’Atelier Art Competition

Application DeadlineJune 16, 2024
Funding TypePartially Funded
GenderMen and Women

Benefits of ABSA/SANAVA L’Atelier Art Competition

The prizes

There are four prizes for the competition:

  • The main prize for the winner of each Group; and
  • The Absa Latelier Gerard Sekoto Award for a South African entrant that continues to demonstrate growth in their art production.

Main prize

The winner from each of the three groups will receive the following:

  1. The Ambassadors to take up their prize concurrently.
  2. Each Ambassador to be provided with a new laptop or equivalent with Windows and MS Office Package.
  3. Ambassadors attend ten online 120-minute Masterclasses over a three-month period with leading global authorities.
    • MC1: Mental wellness
    • MC2: Financial wellness
    • MC3: Legal wellbeing
    • MC4: Conflict Resolution
    • MC5: Developing your career as an artist and brand
    • MC6: Media training and presence.
    • MC7: Building and managing an art portfolio
    • MC8: Fundraising and proposal writing
    • MC9: Art professionalism
    • MC10: Artist residencies
  4. The Ambassadors are paired with a local leading authority from their respective country within the visual arts who will mentor them over a four-month period.
  5. The subsequent year to been awarded the prize, the three Ambassadors concurrently attend a two-month international residency (i.e., if winning in 2024, they will take up the residency in 2025).
    • This residency will take place in one of the 12 Absa countries in Africa.
    • The residency would not be in one of the Ambassadors winning countries.
    • While on residency the Ambassadors will attend online Masterclasses, have at least four mentoring sessions with their mentor (one session bi-weekly) and be exposed to the countries art scene.
    • Two of the Masterclasses (Mental Wellness and Artist Residency), in preparation for the residency, will take place prior to the Ambassadors taking up their residency.
  6. Each Ambassador has an option for a solo exhibition within two years of winning the Award (i.e. if winning in 2024, they will take up the exhibition in 2026). The exhibition with either take place in the artist’s home country, at the Absa Gallery, or an alternative venue as decided upon by Absa and its partners. The Ambassador attends the opening and is awarded up to R100,000 for material costs towards the exhibition. All artworks would be available for sale with all proceeds thereof going to the artist. The masterclass, mentoring and collaborative exhibition to take place in 2025.

Requirements for ABSA/SANAVA L’Atelier Art Competition

Artists, aged 21 to 40, who are citizens, permanent residents and residing in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, are eligible to enter for the competition.

Selection Process


  • Each artists is permitted one single entry.
  • The entry submission needs to be a portfolio of artworks consisting of a minimum of four, and a maximum of five different artworks.
  • Adjudication is done on the portfolio of work entered.
  • All entries must be submitted via the Absa L’Atelier online competition portal.
  • The Absa L’Atelier competition portal will open for uploading entries on 1 April 2024.
  • Entries close on 16 June 2024 at 16:00 (CAT).
  • No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Adjudication of submit is done via the online portal.
  • When registering online and uploading artwork, it is essential that all fields are completed. Failure to complete all fields will result in an entry being disqualified.
  • Any artist aged 21 to 40 years may enter the competition.
  • All previous entrants will be required to reregister on the portal.

Application Deadline

June 16, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to ABSA on to apply

For more details,visit Absa website

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