Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize

Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize

The Prize

The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize is an award that is aimed at assisting young and emerging visual artists to launch their careers. The Award provides the nominated artist with a twelveweek studio residency and solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg. The artist will be provided with studio at Botho Project Space, as well as a fully funded research workshop in London coordinated by Infra – Afrika Advisory.

This programme will begin on Monday, 1 June 2020 and run until Monday, 31 August 2020. The solo exhibition will be on the 26th of September 2020 at Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg.

The artist is expected to:

Attend bi-weekly meetings with the administrators of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize.

Produce new and exciting works for a solo exhibition at the Everard Read gallery.

Complete a written report on their visit on completion of the residency.

Arrive on time and stay for the full period (12 weeks).

Participate on workshops that will be coordinated for the residency.

What will a successful applicant receive?

A studio space.

A small materials budget for art production while in residence.

A monthly stipend.

Fully funded one-week research workshop in London.

Bi-weekly workshops.

A funded solo exhibition at the Everard Read Johannesburg gallery.

Applicants should not expect to profit financially or expect to be able to fully sustain themselves financially from or during the residency, as this is a cultural development programme. Applicants will NOT receive accommodation. To qualify for the residency: the artist must be under the age of 35, not represented by a gallery, not have had a solo exhibition and must have a registered passport.

Submissions are now closed.

What must Applicants submit?

• A SINGLE PDF document including the following information: Representative portfolio of work produced in the past 2 years of at least 5 works and no more than 10 works, Artist Statement, Biography and a motivational letter that is not more than one page outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme and why specifically you wish to be part of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize.
• An exhibition outline / project outline, indicating what you will be working towards during your residency.
• Substantial Curriculum Vitae with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers.
• A Certified copy of your ID and PASSPORT

How are the applications assessed?

Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize Selection Committee


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