L'Atelier is one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. It rewards young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. A look through the list of previous winners will testify to this.

Building on the platform created over the past two years, the competition is continuing to expand across Africa, opening in a number of countries, where Barclays Africa has a presence. Artists who are permanent residents of and residing in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles are invited to enter.

The L’Atelier art competition is run in conjunction with our partner, the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

For more details you can contact Dr Paul Bayliss on paulbay@absa.co.za. For further information on SANAVA, visit www.sanava.co.za

Online entries open on the L’Atelier website on 20 February 2017 and close on 28 April 2017 at 16:00 (CAT). Entrants can make their drop offs at their nearest collection point between 24 and 28 April 2017. It is essential after registering online that the physical artwork be delivered to your nominated collection point. Failure to deliver artwork to the collection points between 24 and 28 April 2017, at 16:00 (CAT) will result in disqualification.


Partners and Sponsors

Primary Partners Regional Partners
Barclays Africa Botswana National Art Gallery
SANAVA Kenya Kuona Trust
  Uganda Africa Art Gallery
Sponsors of the Gerard Sekota Award Seychelles National Art Council
Alliance Française Mozambique FLC Foundation
French Embassy Absa Art Gallery
French Institute in South Africa National Art Gallery, Iziko Museums
  Ghana Nubuke Foundation
Merit Award Partners Zambia Henry Tayali Art Gallery
Syit Foundation Mauritius pArtage
Ampersand Foundation Tanzania Nafasi Art Space
Bag Factory Johannesburg  

The prizes

There are five prizes for the 2017 competition; the first prize, three merit award prizes and the Gerard Sekoto Award. The top 10 finalists will all be placed on a two-day art professionalism course.

First prize

6 Months in Paris

R300 000 and a return ticket to Paris

The prize money must be used for a study term of between three and six months in the studio apartment at the Cité Internationale des Arts, purchased specifically for this purpose. The prize money will be made available when the winner leaves for Paris. The date of the residency is January to June 2018.

1. Merit award prize

3 Months in Johannesburg

Bag Factory Artists’ Studio

One merit award winner will win a prize consisting of a three-month residency in Johannesburg, at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studio, a return flight to Johannesburg and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is June to August 2018.

2. Merit award prize

2 Months in Sylt

The Sylt Foundation Residency

This prize includes a return flight to Germany and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is September to October 2018.

3. Merit award prize

1 Month in New York

The Ampersand Foundation Residency

The prize includes a one month residency at the Ampersand Foundation in New York. You’ll be a Fellow of the Ampersand Foundation and have access to the American Association of Museums (AAM) card that allows free access to most museums in New York City. The prize includes return flights to New York City and a monthly stipend. The date of the residency is January 2018.

Gerard Sekoto award

3 Months in Paris

The Alliance Française, the French Institute and the French Embassy are sponsoring the Gerard Sekoto Award for a South African artist who has demonstrated continual improvement in the quality of their entry year-on-year in the L'Atelier with an income below R60 000 p/a. This prize consists of a return flight ticket to Paris, three months’ stay in the Cité Internationale des Arts, nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French language lessons. The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris residencies are made available by SANAVA. The Gerard Sekoto Award is made possible by the Alliance Francaise, the French Institute and the French Embassy in South Africa. The date of the residency is May to July 2018.