/ PAST Exhibitions
14 March 2015 to 28 March 2015
A total of 12 Pretoria artists have been selected as regional finalists in the 2015 L’Atelier Art Competition. The artists were chosen out of 66 entries received in Pretoria. The level of entries received was extremely high and these finalists represent some of the top emerging artists in Africa today. The L’Atelier competition is to date one of South Africa’s most prestigious art contests, offering the winners exceptional exposure, outstanding growth opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime international art residency prizes. This year’s competition is even more noteworthy, as it sees its 30th year anniversary as well as its penetration into Africa to seek out talent across the continent. The L’Atelier art competition has had a significant impact in the lives of South African artists, and Barclays Africa is privileged to be able to continue this tradition and extend it to young and emerging artists from other African countries,” says Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum Curator. From 2015, artists aged 21 to 35 in South Africa as well as Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya were invited to take part in the art competition, which has carved a reputation for itself as a significant event in the lives of up-and-coming artists, providing an ideal springboard for any artist looking to further develop their career. The Pretoria finalists are Sophia van Wyk, Nelmarie du Preez, Daandrey Steyn, Franli Meintjes, Martli Steyl, Odette Graskie, Nina Kruger, Oliver Mayhew, Banele Khoza, Danelle Janse van Rensburg, Cedrick Kwata and Kai Lossgott.