The Joan Emanuel floating trophy and cash prizes for first, second and third places are generously sponsored by the Key Foundation and the Joan Emanuel Trust.

  • 28 March 2024 - 28 April 2024
  • Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Park Gallery

KZNSA is excited to announce the theme for the 2024 Members' Award; a visual prose.

This theme draws inspiration from the vibrant cultural tapestry of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), a province steeped in the legacies of writers, poets, and artists. The exploration revolves around the intriguing dynamics of playing with words, prose, and language.
A homage to the literary contributions of figures like Mazisi Kunene, Mbongeni Ngema, Gcina Mhlope, Mafika Gwala, Kobus Moolman, and Lewis Nkosi, the theme delves into the rich storytelling landscape of KZN and South Africa. It is akin to an ode to the roots that define us as a province and the boundless imagination of artists.

a visual prose encourages a cross-pollination of disciplines and prompts the creation of imagery and art inspired by parables, prose, literature, and poetry. The theme seeks to create nuance, leaving space for sonic/audio/audio-visual and performance art, ensuring that the artistic expressions are not confined to the visual/traditional fine art realm.

Artists are encouraged to take any saying, proverb, cultural sentence, or parable and weave it into their artwork submission. 

Important dates:Exhibition Dates: 28 March - 28 April 2024.
Opening Event and Prize Giving: Thursday 28 March from 17h30.

Works to be submitted accompanied by a complete application form, available at the link. Alternatively, collect a hard copy at the gallery desk or email

Submission dates:
Thursday 21 March 2024 9am - 3pm
Friday 22 March 2024 9am - 5pm
Saturday 23 March 2024 9am - 12 pm

No late submissions will be accepted.



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