SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
March 2017
Avi's notes

It is time for Barclays L'Atelier 2017!

Launched recently, the competition invites entries until Friday, 28 April.

Completed artworks must be submitted to the nearest collection point.

"Compared to previous years, these timelines give artists more time to complete the high-quality submissions the adjudicators are looking for," says Dr Paul Bayliss, Absa Art and Museum Curator.

L'Atelier, hosted in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts, enters its 32nd year and is aimed at young, up-and-coming contemporary visual artists aged 21 to 35. The competition aims to nurture young talent and serves as a platform for emerging artists to make their mark in the African art arena.

The competition is open to artists in the ten African countries where Barclays Africa has a footprint – South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and, for the first time in 2017, Mozambique.

Registration will be online (artists can submit up to a maximum of three artworks), with works being physically delivered to collection points for initial adjudication. Physical works will not be accepted at the collection points if artists have not completed their online registration.

Independent adjudicators will select the works that will go forward to the final adjudication round, which will be held in Johannesburg in June 2017.

There are five prizes for the 2017 competition – the first prize, three merit award prizes and the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist.

The top ten finalists will all be placed on a two-day art professionalism course to assist them in managing their careers. Each finalist will also be paired with a mentor who will work with them for a year.

SANAVA is once again proud to be associated with the Barclays L'Atelier which benefits particularly young artists on a broad level.

For more information, visit

Meanwhile, bookings at the Cité have stabilised after the upheaval with the appointment of the 'weekend minister of finance' late in 2015 and the exchange rate playing havoc with the South African currency. We managed the cancellations of Cité bookings – some made two years before – purely because it became too expensive to visit the Cité. We turned a blind eye to the donation of an artwork for stand-in residents to the Cité during that time. However, we will now again apply the rule and prospective visitors are requested to donate an artwork to SANAVA before they leave for Paris.

The secretariat had discussions with the Lotteries Commission regarding a project which it will hopefully fund. We are awaiting the commission's feedback.

Our auditors are busy compiling our year-end financial reports – thanks to Fanie Martins and his competent team. We will report on SANAVA's financial standing at the Annual General Meeting – the date and venue will be announced soon.

Enjoy SANAVA Matters and continue sending us information to share with colleagues – until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
Detail of Walter Battiss - Melle (is Honey...) | c.1975, oil on canvas, 51 x 60 cm, courtesy of Nina Lieska
Exceptional art at Aspire's inaugural Cape auction

Aspire is the first auction house in South Africa to pay living South African artists royalties on the resale of their works.

The release of Aspire Art Auctions' catalogue will accompany the upcoming inaugural Cape auction, to be held on 27 March at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.

With reproductions of each upcoming work and contributions from 20 of the country's finest arts writers, journalists and academics, the catalogue showcases the incredible range of art work on offer.

The auction of 182 lots consists of work by twentieth century practitioners, as well as examples of contemporary art – ranging from artists such as JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning and Gregoire Boonzaaier, to Peter Clarke, Albert Adams and Louis Maqhubela, to Athi-Patra Ruga, Mohau Modisakeng, Igshaan Adams and Nandipha Mntambo.

Aspire is the first auction house in South Africa to pay living South African artists royalties on the resale of their works. This long-awaited implementation of the Artist Resale Right is an investment back into the industry, acknowledging the value of authorship and ensuring the support for artists.

Auction 2017
Monday, 27 March 2017 – day sale 16:00, evening sale 20:00

Friday, 24 March10:00 to 19:00
Saturday, 25 March 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday, 26 March 10:00 to 16:00

Exhibition walkabouts
Saturday, 25 March and Sunday, 26 March 11:00

For more information visit,, 011 243 5243.
Iván Navarro, Victor - The Missing Monument for Washington DC – a proposal for a monument, 2008. Fluorescent light, metal fixtures, glass, posters for the video, and electric energy, 68.58 x 71.12 x 152.4 cm.
Artist Pension Trust offers works at auction for the first time

Natalie Hegert /mutualart

As part of its contemporary curated sale in New York, during Armory Week, Sotheby's offers the first public sale of works from the Artist Pension Trust collection.

Mutual Art reports that the trust was founded in 2004 as a mutual assurance programme providing long-term financial security for its member artists who deposit artworks with the trust over a 20-year period, and share the net proceeds from the sales.

With 13 000 works by 2 000 member artists, it is the largest private collection of global contemporary art in the world. Over the last year the trust has begun selling artworks through private sales. The Sotheby's New York sale will be followed by a London sale on 12 April.

The exhibition features well-known artists Analia Saban, Iván Navarro, Adam Pendleton, Y.Z. Kami, Douglas Gordon, Nate Lowman, Michael Joo, Keltie Ferris, Alec Soth, Huma Bhabha, Scott Reeder, Josh Smith and Matt Connors. The selected works range from $5 000 for a print by Alec Soth, to upwards of $20 000 for works by Iván Navarro, YZ Kami and Analia Saban.
Ashleigh Christelis is Potter of the Month @ Arts Association, Pretoria

Ashleigh Christelis' exhibition is on at the Arts Association in Pretoria until 29 March.

The opening of the exhibition coincided with the association's monthly Pretoria Art Meander.

For more information phone Nandi Hilliard on 012 346 3100.
Teresa Lizamore & Associates back from Cape Town Art Fair

The Teresa Lizamore art agency has just returned from the Cape Town Art Fair after a very successful exhibition.

Artists have all produced outstanding works.

For more information contact 011 880 8802,
Workshops @ Pumpkin House

Various workshops will be held at The Art Square studio/gallery at the Pumpkin House in Langebaan on the West Coast.

On 18 March it will be pastels with Rosemary Hornsby, urban sketching with Fawa Conradie on 22 April, on 20 May Lenel Oosthuisen will introduce life drawing and Rosemary Hornsby will offer a mixed media course on 3 June.

Accommodation is available at the studio.

For more information contact Hanli Theron on 082 853 8187,
Petro Groenewald exhibits @ Art.b

Petro Groenewald's latest exhibition is on at Art.b in Bellville until 22 March.

The paintings, created by this Durbanville businesswoman to lighten up her downhearted spirit, are gaining fame abroad.

Not only were two of Petro's paintings included in a book by Jeannette Slavinsky, a professional actress, producer and teacher affiliated to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, they also recently featured in a BBC exhibition by Slavinsky.

This - despite Petro's suffering from several medical conditions including fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, and macular degenerating eye disease claiming her sight. She also suffers from a heart condition.

The exhibition is on until 22 March.

For more information phone 021 917 1297.
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