Absa L’Atelier Art Competition

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The Absa L'Atelier Art Competition is a South African annual art award for South African visual artists between the ages of 21 and 35. The competition is run in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

History[edit]

The art award was originally known as the Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition and was established in 1986 and kept this name up to 1998 (when Volkskas was incorporated into the Absa Group). From 1999 to 2001 the award was known as the Absa Atelier competition.

From 2004 the Gerard Sekoto award was added to the competition, to support the most promising artist taking part in the competition with an income of less than R60 000 per annum. This award is supported by the French Embassy, the French Institute and Alliance Française.

In the early 1980s SANAVA acquired three atelier apartments at the Cité Internationale des Arts from where the name Atelier Competition has its origin. These assets are held in trust in terms of an Occupational Rights Agreement by the SANAVA Cité des Arts Trust, valid until 22 March 2060.

Previous Winners and Merit Awards[edit]

1986[edit]

Winner Penny Siopis

Merit Award Winners Deborah Bell, Andrew Breebaart, Dennis Purvis and Simon Stone

1987[edit]

Winner Clive van den Berg

Merit Award Winners Andries Botha, Philippa Hobbs, Tommy Motswai and Karel Nel

1988[edit]

Winner Diane Victor

Merit Award Winners Kay Cowley, Guy du Toit, Johann Louw and Margaret Vorster

1989[edit]

Winner Hennie Stroebel

Merit Award Winners Caroline Jones, Walter Oltman, Giulio Tambellini and Jeremy Wafer

1990[edit]

Winner Barend de Wet

Merit Award Winners Andrew Breebaart, Jean Bruwer, Guy du Toit and Judy Woodborne

1991[edit]

Winner Virginia McKenny

Merit Award Winners Nicole Donald, Ruth Mileham, Johann van der Schijff and Pierre van der Westhuizen

1992[edit]

Winner Paul Edmunds

Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker, Marc Edwards, Dominic Thorburn and Minette Vári

1993[edit]

Winner Dominic Thorburn

Merit Award Winners Siemon Allen, Diek Grobler, Adam Letch and Russel Scott

1994[edit]

Winner Jonathan Comerford

Merit Award Winners Andrew Putter, Kevin Roberts, Henk Serfontein and Alastair Whitton

1995[edit]

Winner Kevin Roberts

Merit Award Winners Moses Ceywayo, Gordon Froud, Diek Grobler and Peet Pienaar

1996[edit]

Winner Isaac Khanyile

Merit Award Winners Hanneke Benadé, Wim Botha, Semkelo Bunu and Berco Wilsenach

1997[edit]

Winner Ilse Pahl

Merit Award Winners Lucas Bambo, Cecile Heystek, Kim Lieberman and Richardt Strydom

1998[edit]

Winner Karl Gietl

Merit Award Winners Wayne Barker, Hanneke Benadé, Jean Brundit and Peter Rippon

1999[edit]

Winner Ryan Arenson

Merit Award Winners Brad Hammond, Fritha Langerman, Albert Redelinghuys and Vanessa van Wyk

2000[edit]

Winner Brad Hammond

Merit Award Winners Joni Brenner Natasha Christopher, Colbert Mashile and Nigel Mullins

2001[edit]

Winner Stefanus Rademeyer

Merit Award Winners Marco Cianfanelli, Daniel Hirschman, Brent Meistre and Merryn Singer

2002[edit]

Winner Marco Cianfanelli

Merit Award Winners Natasha Christopher, Alastair McLachlan, Benninghoff Puren and James Webb

2003[edit]

Winner Sanell Aggenbach

Merit Award Winners Retha Bornmann, Natasha Christopher, Patricia Driscoll and Berco Wilsenach

2004[edit]

Winner Conrad Botes

Merit Award Winners Stephen Hobbs Pieter Hugo, Lize Muller and Robert Rich

2005[edit]

Winner Berco Wilsenach

Merit Award Winners Katherine Bull, Lawrence Lemoaona, Patrice Mabasa and Mikhael Subotzky

Gerard Sekoto Winner Lawrence Lemoaona

2006[edit]

Winner Ruth Sachs

Merit Award Winners Nathani Lüneburg, Riason Naidoo, Anet Norval and James Webb

Gerard Sekoto Winner Nomusa Makhubu

2007[edit]

Winner Pierre Fouché

Merit Award Winners Nina Barnett, Wayne Matthews, Lyndi Sales and Jaco Spies

Gerard Sekoto Winner Nina Barnett

2008[edit]

Winner James Webb

Merit Award Winners Christiaan Hattingh, Lunga Kama, Alhyrian Laue and Antonia Steyn

Gerard Sekoto Winner Retha Ferguson

2010[edit]

Winner Ilka van Schalkwyk

Merit Award Winners Abri de Swardt, Philiswa Lila, Collen Maswanganyi and Hanje Whitehead

Gerard Sekoto Winner Bongumenzi Ngobese

2011[edit]

Winner Ian Grose

Merit Award Winners Amber-Jade Geldenhuys, Alice Gauntlett and Sarah Spring

Gerard Sekoto Winner Isabel Mertz

2012[edit]

Winner Elrie Joubert

Merit Award Winners Sibiya Bambo, Mandy Johnston, Heidi Janice Mielke and Nina Liebenberg

Gerard Sekoto Winner Sibiya Bambo