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Are you the next winner of the Sasol New Signatures art competition? Two weeks to go until entries close!

Johannesburg, South Africa –  There are just over two weeks to go until the entries close for the Sasol New Signatures art competition, which is aimed at South African artists above the age of 18.

The prestigious contest is the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa and a platform to unearth and showcase local artists to the art-loving public.

Launched in April entries for this challenging competition close on 30th June 2017and judges are looking for works that make a strong statements and exude superior  quality of craftsmanship and technical skill.

National Chairman, Dr Pieter Binsbergen said he is excited about this year’s contest and stated:

“I look forward to seeing the magnitude of talent the competition will uncover in 2017. This is truly an amazing and exciting journey and I urge you all to enjoy the ‘visual arts road trip’ with us”.

Works must reveal skilled handling of materials and techniques and be presented in such a way that convinces the judges that the artist was mindful of the work having to stand in its own right as an artwork. Artists are also advised to consider professional presentation so that talent and good work are not marred by lack of planning and bad presentation. And most importantly works must be display-ready when entered.

To enter, please visit:

Final submission dates are Thursday 29 June 2017 and Friday 30 June 2017

From: 10h00 to 16h00 at the following collection points:

Feedback Sessions:

The National Chairperson will be at the 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.

Feedback Sessions: 

Johannesburg – Monday 3 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

Pretoria – Tuesday 4 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Francis Baard (Schoeman) and Wessels Streets,

Arcadia Park, Pretoria

Bloemfontein – Wednesday 5 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

Cape Town – Thursday 6 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

WHOW Studios, 2 Ixia Street, Durbanville, Cape Town

Port Elizabeth – Monday 10 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

Quad Gallery, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, School of Music,

Art & Design, Faculty of Arts, North Campus, Summerstrand, University Way,

Port Elizabeth

East London – Wednesday 12 July 2017, 13h30 to 15h00

Ann Bryant Art Gallery, 9 St Mark Road, Southernwood, East London


For more info:


Issued by:

Marina Smithers–Carlaw

Marina Smithers Public Relations

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About Sasol:

Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and expertise of our 30 100 people working in 33 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity.

Notes to editors:

The Association of Arts Pretoria celebrates its 70th year of existence on Wednesday 27 September this year.  The first New Signatures Competition (Nuwe Handtekeninge) were held in the Old Netherlands Bank Building from 10 to 22 July 1967 and was opened by Linda Goodman.  The aim of the competition was to encourage young artists.  Awards were given to seven artists for the categories of painting, sculpture and printmaking.  The winners were Michael Heyns, Annette Besaans and Rika Roux (painting); Andrew Todd (sculpture); and Dalene Marais, Julian Motau and Maurice Kahn (printmaking).

Information Sessions


Monday 24 April 2017 at 11h00

Room C21 Ground Floor (next to the faculty office), Department of Fine Art and Jewellery Design, Durban University of Technology (City Campus), Anton Lembede Street, Durban

Tel:  031 373 6600

East London

Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 11h00

Ann Bryant Art Gallery, 5 St. Marks Road, Southernwood, East London

Tel:  043 722 4044



Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 14h00

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

Tel:  051 447 9709



Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 18h30

WHOW Studios, 2 Ixia Street, Durbanville, Cape Town

Tel:  021 976 6784



Thursday 4 May 2017 at 11h00

Artist Proof Studio, the Bus Factory, No 3 Helen Joseph Street (formerly President Street), Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg

Tel:  011 492 1278



Tuesday 10 May 2017 at 14h00

Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria

Tel:  012 346 3100


Limited seats are available so booking is essential for these sessions.