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Sasol New Signatures 2024

Do you have what it takes to create a winning artwork?

 
The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, the longest-running competition of its kind in South Africa, is back, offering emerging artists a platform to showcase their talent and gain exposure within the art ecosystem. Open to all South African visual artists over 18 years who have not yet held a solo exhibition, this competition is a exciting opportunity for artists to get noticed.
 
Building on the success of the online tutorial sessions in 2023, the Chairperson of the competition, Pfunzo Sidogi, and Sasol Art Curator, Cate Terblanche, will be hosting four more sessions in 2024. These sessions aim to assist prospective entrants in preparing their submissions, addressing common questions, and highlighting key areas of improvement noted by past judges. By providing valuable insights and guidance, these sessions aim to ensure that submitted works are competition-ready and meet the high standard required for selection in the final exhibition and catalogue.
 
"We strongly encourage all entrants to take advantage of these information sessions, including those from 2023, and to download the supporting factsheets from the website," said Sidogi. "These resources will not only enhance their chances in this competition but will also benefit them as they progress in their artistic careers."
 
The 2024 information session videos will be aired once a week on Wednesdays, starting from 8 May 2024 and can be accessed on Sasol and the Association of Arts Pretoria's Facebook pages and the Sasol New Signatures website. Artists are encouraged to tune in to gain valuable insights and improve their chances of success in the competition.
 
Session 1:  What’s new this year? – 8 May
An overview of changes to the competition rules, submission points and types of art which can be submitted, including the use of AI.
 
Session 2:  Copyright and the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition – 15 May
Guest speaker Jenny Pienaar from Adams & Adams Attorneys will discuss the importance of understanding the copyright law for artists.
 
Session 3:  Why wasn’t my work selected? – 22 May
This session focusses on feedback from last year’s competition, with specific emphasis on reasons why works are disqualified.  
 
Session 4:  What makes a winning work? – 29  May
In the last session, we look at some of the artworks by previous winners and discuss why they were successful.
 
The videos, including those from 2023, will be available for ongoing viewing on the Sasol New Signatures YouTube channel which can be located at www.sasolsignatures.co.za .
Artworks can be submitted at one of several collection points around the country on Tuesday, 4 June and Wednesday, 5 June from 10h00 to 16h00.  A completed entry form and supporting documentation must be submitted along with the artworks.   
 
The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will receive R100 000 and the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition. The runner up will receive R25 000, and the five merit award winners will each walk away with R10 000.  Approximately 100 artworks will be selected to be featured in the official Sasol New Signatures catalogue for 2024 and be included in an exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum from Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 3 November 2024.
 
Follow Sasol ( https://www.facebook.com/SasolLTD) and the Association of Arts Pretoria (https://www.facebook.com/pretoriaartsassociation ) on Facebook.
 
The following topics were covered in 2023:
 
General conditions - Why enter? Who can enter? Type of works including visual art and performance art.  Dates and selection points.
Understanding the entry form
Preparing your art - Delivery of art, framing, displaying art, signing work and the Pretoria Art Museum’s hanging system.
Supporting documentation:  CV’s, Biographies, Synopsis, etc.
What makes a winning work? - Judging process and what the judges look for, previous winners and their works.

Click on the resources tab on the Sasol New Signatures website to access the topics that were covered in 2023.
 
Or contact:
 
Nandi Hilliard from the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, 083 288 5117 or artspta@mweb.co.za.
 
Social Media hashtag: #SasolNewSignatures
 

Entries open for Sasol New Signatures 2024
 
The search has begun for South Africa’s new artistic talent in the annual Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2024.  The competition has served as a symbol for unrestricted creativity and artistic exploration in the country's Visual Arts community for 34 years. 
 
The slogan for the Sasol New Signatures 2024 campaign is Articulate.  The concept celebrates the universal human desire for self-expression and connection and showcases how art can transcend barriers of language, culture, time, and background, allowing emerging artists to express their ideas and connect with others in infinite ways.
 
The competition welcomes entries from all South African artists of 18 years and older who have not yet had a solo exhibition. Artists who have had a solo exhibition for academic purposes (such as a Master’s degree exhibition) are also eligible to enter.  Entries are accepted in various artistic mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video art, and installations. Artists are invited to submit artworks crafted in unique styles and unconventional techniques that defy traditional boundaries and expectations.
 
An exciting development for 2024 is the addition of a new collection point in Potchefstroom. This will give emerging artists from the greater North-West Province region an avenue to showcase their talent and underscores the competition’s commitment to developing and celebrating the visual arts in all parts of the country.
 
Potential entrants are encouraged to access the wealth of knowledge and information available on the Sasol New Signatures website to ensure that competition requirements and standards are met. Over the coming weeks, Pfunzo Sidogi (Chairperson) and Cate Terblanche (Sasol Art Curator) will host informative online sessions in which they discuss various important aspects relating to the competition, and artmaking in general. Accompanying downloadable fact sheets and other resources are available on the website to assist entrants in submitting their artworks.
 
The winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition will be announced on Wednesday, 4 September 2024. The winner will receive R100 000 and the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at next year’s exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. The runner-up will receive R25 000, and the five merit award winners will each walk away with R10 000.
 
Entries for the 2024 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition can be submitted at one of several collection points across the country on Tuesday, 4 June and Wednesday, 5 June between 10:00 to 16:00.
 
Bloemfontein
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
Tel: 051 447 9609
Email: education@nasmus.co.za

Cape Town
Art B Gallery, Library Centre, Carl van Aswegen Street, Bellville, Cape Town
Tel: 021 444 6500
Email: artb@artb.co.za

Durban
KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban
Tel: 031 277 1705
Email: gallery@kznsagallery.co.za
  
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
Art on Target, 2 Target Kloof Road, Essexvale, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
Tel: 041 373 3334
Email: info@artontarget.co.za
 
Johannesburg
Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Wierda Valley, Sandton
Tel: 010 344 5000 (Sasol Place Main Reception)
Email: art@sasol.com
 
Polokwane
The Polokwane Art Museum, Library Gardens, corner Grobler & Hans van Rensburg Street, Polokwane
Tel:  015 290 2578/9
Email: AmosL@polokwane.gov.za
 
Potchefstroom
Potchefstroom Museum, C/o Sol Plaatjie & Wolmarans Street, Potchefstroom
Cell: 071 331 7029 / 082 397 9367
Email: potchkuns@gmail.com

Pretoria
Pretoria Art Museum, corner Francis Baard and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park, Pretoria
Tel: 012 358 6750
Email: artspta@mweb.co.za
 
For more information
www.sasolsignatures.co.za or contact Nandi Hilliard from the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, 083 288 5117 or artspta@mweb.co.za

#SasolNewSignatures 
 

Gqeberha student Nosiviwe Matikinca wins 2023 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition

Nosiviwe Matikinca, a third year student from Gqeberha has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.  Matikinca won the coveted title for her work titled Ndiziphiwe -They were given to me,  a ceramic installation about underprivileged learners who wear school shoes that are handed down to them by their older siblings or family members.  By immortalising these shoes through the ceramic slip-casting method, they have been given a new purpose. This process also enables the artist to capture the essence of the used shoes, including every mark, scratch and hole.  As ceramic sculptures, the shoes have been symbolically restored, but are also very fragile and breakable. This fragility is a metaphor for the precarity of the public schooling system of our country, where black South African learners are subjected to sub-standard education.

Themba Mkhangeli from Cape Town was crowned runner-up for his work entitled Amawele.  The portrait of twin sisters, who reside in the artist’s neighbourhood, pays homage to their beauty and innocence, embodied through the unerasable process of ink pen drawing. Although  gender-based violence inserts unerasable marks on women that hurt and scar them, the unerasable mark-making used in this drawing does the opposite, because it celebrates and honours the beauty of women. The diamond shape between them is the symbol of beauty which  he always finds in women, it also creates a balance between the two figures. 

The 5 Merit award winners are:
 
Matthew David Blackburn
Suffocation
Acrylic on hardboard
 
Michelle Czarnecki
There is still time I
Ribbon thread on linen
 
Ofentse Letebele (King Debs)
Bina & Neo
Mixed media – acrylic paint on MDF
 
Thabo Treasure Mofokeng
Restoration
Acrylic paint and glass
 
Taryn Emily Noppé
Vertigo
Ink and graphite on Fabriano










 
Overall winner 2023

Nosiviwe Matikinca
Ndiziphiwe – They were given to me
Ceramics
(10) 8,5 cm x 10 cm x 13 cm

Runner-Up 2023

Themba Mkhangeli
Amawele
Ballpoint on paper
92,5 cm x 136 cm

Merit Award 2023

Matthew David Blackburn
Suffocation
Acrylic on hardboard
60 cm x 70 cm

Merit Award 2023

Michelle Czarnecki
There is still time I
Ribbon thread on linen
66,5 cm x 66,5 cm

Merit Award 2023

Ofentse Letebele (King Debs)
Bina
Mixed media – acrylic paint on MDF
91,3 cm x 60,8 cm

Merit Award 2023

Ofentse Letebele (King Debs)
Neo
Mixed media – acrylic paint on MDF
91,3 cm x 60,8 cm

Merit Award 2023

Thabo Treasure Mofokeng
Restoration
Acrylic paint and glass
180 cm x 152 cm

Merit Award 2023

Taryn Emily Noppé
Vertigo
Ink and graphite on paper
107,5 cm x 83 cm

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