Young artists called to ‘Give art life’ and enter 2018 L’Atelier art competition

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For thousands of artists across Africa whose creativity is their livelihood, art gives life. Now, the continent’s flagship visual arts competition for emerging artists, L’Atelier, is asking these artists to ‘Give art life’ as it calls for entries into this year’s contest.

This inspiring theme of the 2018 competition reflects the idea that the prestigious L’Atelier gives African contemporary art, and the talent behind it, a platform to thrive.

Eligible participating countries include South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and Mozambique, and all professional and self-taught emerging artists aged 21 to 35 from these countries, are invited to enter.

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For the main award winners, this includes a six-month art residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris and a cash prize of R330 000. The main award is open to all entrants from participating countries.

Similarly, the first Merit Award prize comprises a three-month art residency at the Bag Factory in South Africa; the second Merit Award, a two-month art residency at the Sylt Foundation, on the island of Sylt in Germany, and the third Merit Award, a one-month art residency with the Ampersand Foundation in New York, USA. All entrants are eligible for the Merit Award prizes.

All Top 10 finalists in the competition are also placed on a two-day art professionalism course to assist them in managing their careers – a vital aspect in helping young artists turn their talent into profitable businesses.

To enter the 2018 competition, artists simply need to visit the L’Atelier website at, click on the ‘enter L’Atelier 2018’ button, and complete the required information.

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