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The competition is open to artists of 21 years and older who work in any media, with the exception of lens-based media. Unlike many portrait competitions around the world that restrict entries to two dimensional tradition media, SPI’s competition is open to three dimensional works as well.

“The competition should attract a diversity of approaches to the subject of the portrait and I look forward to artists that are prepared to interrogate the concept and push beyond the normal and accepted,” says Stefan Hundt head of the SPI Art Advisory service and co-ordinator of the judging panel for the competition.

The judges for the competition are:

  • Judith Mason, celebrated South African artist who has proved herself in a diversity of media and continues to contribute inspired images into the current art world.
  • Hayden Proud, curator for Historical Painting and Sculptures at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town. Proud an accomplished portrait painter in his own right brings and experienced artist's and curator’s eye to the panel.
  • Vulindlela Nyoni a lecturer in printmaking at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch brings a youthful and cutting edge perspective on image making and printmaking to the adjudication process.

“We are particularly pleased with the make-up of the panel of judges, as they are independent, experienced artists in their own right and together they bring a more than 150 years of knowledge of the mediums and history, to this process” says Monica Ross curator at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville host of the SPI National Portrait Award for this year.

The winning portrait will be awarded a R 100 000 prize and a selection of about 40 works will be touring the country. Exhibitions are planned in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Knysna, George and Bloemfontein.

Salient Dates and Information:

  • Final submission date for entries 19 August 2013.
  • Announcement of the winning portrait 27 August 2013 at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville.

Enter using the entry forms available for download at / or contact Monica Ross at or 021 976 4691

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On behalf of:
Stefan Hundt
Head: Art Advisory Service
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