Inspired by the long-standing, UK-based annual international portrait competition, the BP Portrait Award, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville, Cape Town launched the Sanlam Portrait Award in 2013 – with generous sponsorship from Sanlam Private Wealth.
The competition is based on anonymous judging: all the works entered are unsigned, thereby levelling the playing field and ensuring that the three judges select the top 100 portraits purely on technicality, narrative and emotional appeal.
Each year, a panel of three judges, consisting of one international and two local judges, select what they deem the best 100 portraits from the entries received. From these, the Top 40, Top 5 and winning portrait are selected.
In addition to the Top 40 works exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville, the remaining 60 portraits will be exhibited at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, under the title PORTRAIT 100, giving the public the opportunity to view 100 of the country’s best portraits in one City. Collectable catalogues are printed to commemorate the Top 40 Portraits.
How To Enter ?
All entries must be submitted digitally on www.rust-en-vrede.com/sanlam-portrait- award
A digital entry form for each artwork entered is to be completed. A fee o R250 is payable for each entry. Payment can be made by EFT or cash deposit to:
Bank: ABSA, Durbanville
Branch code: 632 005
Account no: 929 545 0310
Candidates may download the Dummy Entry Form below to start testing the entry form, so that you are ready when the online entries open on the 1 May 2019.
This competition will be judged over two rounds. The first-round entries are to be submitted digitally on the Rust-en-Vrede website. The second-round selected artists will be invited to send their original work to Rust-en-Vrede Gallery.
SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES: 1 MAY 2019 TO 31 MAY 2019 (closing at 23:59). PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO ENTER!
JUDGING FIRST ROUND: Digital images only FROM 18 JUNE 2019 TO 30 JUNE 2019
JUDGING SECOND ROUND: Actual work only FROM 29 JULY 209 TO 2 AUGUST 2019
COLLECTION OF UNSELECTED WORK FROM RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY: 5 TO 10 AUGUST 2019
COLLECTION OF UNSELECTED WORK FROM STUTTAFORD VAN LINES DEPOTS: Rust-en-Vrede Gallery will inform the artists as soon as the work arrives at the depots.
TOP 40 EXHIBITION PUBLIC OPENING AND AWARD CEREMONY: @ RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY in Durbanville on Friday 23 August 2019 at 19h00
(on show until Wednesday 23 October 2019)
PORTRAIT 100 EXHIBITION OPENING: @ AVA Gallery in Cape Town on Saturday 24 August at 11:00
For more information go to : www.rust-en-vrede.com