What May Be Entered

Any original artwork, in any media, which has not been previously exhibited. There are no restrictions other than the artworks must not physically endanger anyone.

Who Can Enter

Any person living in South Africa over the age of 21.

How To Enter

Artists may submit artworks or a proposal for an artwork. Artists are allowed to submit up to a maximum of five artworks or proposals per person. A separate entry form must be filled out for each individual artwork. There are three ways to enter:

  • Artworks and proposals can be delivered to one of the selection centres located throughout the country (see the selection centres below);
  • Proposals or photographic representation of artworks can be posted to the Africa Centre – Africa Centre, PO Box 137, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, 7603; and
  • Proposals or photographic representation of artworks can be submitted online.

Please click here to enter online or download the pdf of the entry form, which includes the terms and conditions. Fill out the form electronically. Email to to submit your artwork.

When To Enter

All entries must be received by 30 October 2009.

The selection centres will be accepting entries ONLY between 26 – 30 October 2009. Online and postal entries may be submitted before this time but must reach the organisers by 30 October 2009. No artwork will be considered after this date.

Entry Forms

Each piece submitted to the Spier Contemporary 2010 will require a separate entry form. Entry Forms will be available towards the end of June 2009.

Selection and Return Process

Once all entries have been received by 30 October 2009 the curatorial team will travel to the selection centres and consider the submitted artworks and all posted and online entries.

An initial selection of work will take place and all short-listed artwork will be transported to Cape Town for the final selection. Short-listed artists will be informed of their selection by email or phone.

Artwork not selected will need to be picked up by the artist from the selection centre they submitted the work to.
Once the final selection has been made, all artists will be informed of their selection in writing. Short-listed work that is not selected will be returned to the selection centres for collection.

All artwork selected for the show will tour all three cities Cape Town – Johannesburg – Durban. Once the Durban show is complete (roughly December 2010), all artworks sold will go to the buyers and the remainder will be returned to the participating artists

Exhibition Sales

All artworks in the exhibition will be for sale, unless otherwise instructed by the participating artists. The artist will determine the sale price. The Spier Contemporary will not take a commission on artworks sold.

Competition Prizes

Up to 100 artists will be selected for the exhibition. Each artist selected for the final exhibition will receive an artist fee of R4,000 (cash payment by EFT on final selection) regardless of how many of their artworks are selected. Any submissions from artist collectives will only receive one artist fee.
Five to seven awards will be made. These award winners will share up to R800,000 in prize money for career development.

Selection Centres and Regional Co-ordinators

The 13 selection centres were strategically placed to allow all artists across South Africa to submit their work. The submissions centres were only able to accept work during the week of 26th-30th October 2009. They were not able to accept work before this time. It was possible for artists to submit work before this date using the online entry form.