• 05 January 2021
  • Competitions

Announcing the 2021 KZNSA Members’ Competition theme - Masked.

While some masks are seen as a type of mediation with the spirit world, others disguise the identity of penitent worshippers, and the creation of all such masks are art-forms in their own right. Masks that obscure identity are not only used by activists, criminals and witnesses in court, as well as vigilante groups, but also occur in theatre, fashion and role play of various kinds.

While "mask" is both a noun and a verb, used to convey concealment, the origins of the English word are contested, and possibly derive from medieval Latin for “spectre or nightmare”, or alternatively a Spanish phrase meaning “added face”. Both terms hint at an interior aspect of masks that are linked to identity, psychology and to the different sides of our personalities which are brought to the fore depending on the context. 


Participants must be members of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts. Update Membership online here.

Medium: Work can be 2D or 3D and any medium, including digital, performance and sound.

Size: Dimensions of work cannot exceed 1.5 m in height, width or depth.

Date: Artworks must be made in 2021 in response to the theme for the KZNSA Members’ Competition.

Artist statement: Participants are to provide a written statement about their interpretation of the theme with their submission with a completed entry form.

Important Dates

Thursday 04 March and Friday 05 March 09.00 - 16.00
Saturday 06 March 09.00 - 15.00
No late submissions will be accepted.

Please note the KZNSA Exhibition sub-committee reserves the right to select work for the judges’ consideration.

Complete this entry form here and hand it in with your artwork. Please discuss with the Gallery Director any concerns that you feel may be a curatorial challenge i.e. installation, projections, conceptual work, performance etc.

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