• 19 June 2019 - 22 June 2019

Held annually, in proud partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, this prestigious competition is open to all South African visual artists who are 18 years and older and have not yet held a solo exhibition. Artists can submit their artworks in all artistic mediums – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video and installations. 


The focus of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is to shine the spotlight on South African artistic talent and create opportunities to showcase undiscovered artists.  Being the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, Sasol New Signatures has over the years provided a platform for unknown artists to break into the mainstream.


Said Professor Pieter Binsbergen, National Chairman, underlining the importance of entering for anyone committed to a career in art:  “To win is great, but that is not the sole objective here. Artists who enter this competition should do so to benchmark their skills and abilities against their peers and contemporaries at a national level. To be a finalist or a ‘top 100’ new signature is winning in its own right.”

Contemporary, innovative and emerging visual artists with winning aspirations are invited to submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country from 10h00 to 16h00 on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on Wednesday 21 August 2019 at a gala event, after which the winning works will be displayed at the prestigious Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday 22 August 2019 to Sunday 29 September 2019.

The winner will receive R100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition, with the runner up winning R25 000 and the five merit award winners receiving R10 000 each.   

To enter, please visit http://www.sasolsignatures.co.za and download the entry form.


The National Chairperson will be at the various collection points after the selection process to discuss with the entrants as to why certain entered works were accepted and others rejected.   Entrants are strongly advised to attend the Feedback Sessions.



Information for KZN artists submitting work


Drop off

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 09h00 – 16h00

KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

Tel: 031 277 1705


Exhibition of submissions

Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 June 2019

KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban


Feedback Session with judges

Saturday 22 June 2019 at 12h00

KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban


Collection Date

Monday 24 June 2019, 09h00 - 12h00

KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban

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