Top 40 Exhibition

  • 15 February 2016 - 05 March 2016
  • Main Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

This February Durban art enthusiasts can look forward to the arrival of the Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40 Exhibition to be hosted at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts. The exhibition, which celebrates and showcases some of the best original portraiture in South Africa, includes the R100 000 prize-winning portrait, “After the Match” by artist John Pace and 39 of the top entries to the Sanlam Portrait Award.


“After the success of the Cape Town and Johannesburg exhibitions where many of the portraits were sold, we are excited for the exhibition to be showcased in Durban.” says Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam Private Wealth’s Art Advisory Service and curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.


It was KwaZulu-Natal artist Heather Gourlay-Conyngham that walked off with the top prize in the first Sanlam Portrait Award, held in 2013, for her nude male portrait entitled A Young Man (177 x 80cm, oil on canvas).

Following the Durban exhibition the Top 40 portraits, under the auspices of the Sanlam Art Collection, will tour around the country.


Opening date:   Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Closing date:     Sunday, 6 March 2016

Viewing times:    Tuesday – Friday from 09:00 – 17:00

                                Saturday from 09:00 – 16:00

                                Sunday and Public Holidays from 10:00 – 15:00

                                Closed Mondays

Contact:               Stefan Hundt, Curator Sanlam Art Collection 

083 457 2699 / 021 947 3359


Sumayya Rawat

031 277 1705


For more information regarding the Sanlam Portrait Award and the Top 40 artworks, kindly visit

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