Blessing Ngobeni
Art Prize

Callout: 5 April 2019Launch: 30 April 2019, at Aspire Art Auctions


The Prize

Artist Blessing Ngobeni will once again be supporting a young, emerging artist (under 35 and not represented by a gallery) with a twelve-week studio residency and solo exhibition at the Everard Read Johannesburg gallery. The artist will be provided with studio space at Victoria Yards, as well as a small materials budget and monthly stipend.

This programme will begin on Monday, 3 June 2019 and run until Friday, 16 August 2019. The solo exhibition will in 5 September 2019 at Everard Read Gallery.

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 resdency.

What will a successful applicant receive?

  • A studio space.
  • A small materials budget for art production while in residence.
  • A monthly stipend towards transport and living expenses.
  • 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 or transport.


How to Apply

What must Applicants submit?

  • Representative portfolio of work produced in the past five years of at least 10 works and no more than 20 works
  • 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 brief letter of motivation, not more than one A4 page long, outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme and why specifically you wish to come to the Victoria Yards

How are the applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize Selection Committee.

Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

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About the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize

The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize is a self-funded initiative founded by the artist Blessing Ngobeni in 2016. The Prize aims to assist young artists to begin their careers. Tendai Mupita a Zimbabwean based artist was the first recipient of the prize. This was followed by a Blessing Ngobeni initiative where four young artists participated in several workshops and were part of a group show at the Room gallery. The 2018 prize winner was Simphiwe Buthelezi who was invited to SABC News show (Morning Live) to speak about work and recent exhibition at Bag factory. In 2019 the Prize will be officially launching with a group exhibition at Aspire Art Auctions.

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