Who May Enter

  • Artists living in South Africa over the age of 21 may enter the Spier Contemporary (proof of identity must be attached to the entry form, this can take the form of any positive photographic identity document e.g. green ID book, passport, drivers licence or Section 22 asylum seekers document).
  • Employees of the Africa Centre and any associated company, their families and their agents are not permitted to enter.

Decisions by the Curators and Judges

  • Decisions taken by the curatorial team and the judges are final and no correspondence regarding these decisions will be entered into.
  • The curatorial team may, at their own discretion, reject or accept artworks submitted.

Fees and Awards

  • If an artwork is selected for the exhibition (”Selected Artwork”), the artist will be paid a fee of R4,000.
  • Between 5-7 awards, worth up to R800,000 will be made to selected artists by the judges.
  • All the awards made will be for career development opportunities.
  • The career development opportunity will be negotiated between the selected artists and the exhibition organisers.
  • The awards are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.


  • Should an artist submit a proposal for consideration, and should such proposal be selected for the exhibition, the Spier Contemporary will not cover any of the costs required to produce the proposal selected.
  • The Spier Contemporary will cover all the costs of transporting and insuring artworks selected for the exhibition from the selection centres to Cape Town and then back to the artist or buyer upon completion of the exhibition tour.
  • The Spier Contemporary will pay for all costs associated with mounting the exhibition.


  • Selected Artworks will be insured by the Spier Contemporary from the time that they are selected, throughout the exhibition period (including travel) until the artwork is either sold or returned to the artist.
  • Should the artwork be stolen, damaged or lost in that time, the artist will be entitled to compensation up to the insured amount, which is equal to the replacement cost of the artwork. Artists must provide quotes to prove replacement or repair costs where applicable.
  • If upon the conclusion of the exhibition an artist believes their artwork was damaged during the course of the exhibition the artist must submit a claim, in writing, to the Africa Centre within one month of the artwork being returned to the artist. In the event that an artist fails to submit a claim within such period, the artist shall be deemed to have waived their right to claim for such damage.

Committed Availability of Artwork

  • Selected Artworks must be made available to the Spier Contemporary, on an uninterrupted basis from the date of selection until 31 March 2011.
  • The exhibition will open in the Western Cape in March 2010. It will travel to Johannesburg and Durban thereafter in the course of 2010.
  • Dates and venues for the exhibition are, at Spier Contemporary’s sole discretion, and subject to change at any point before the end of the contracted period (i.e. 31 March 2011).

Sales of Artworks

  • The Artist hereby consent to the sale of the artworks exhibited during the Spier Contemporary to third parties.
  • All artists must determine the selling price for their own artwork.
  • The Spier Contemporary shall not be entitled to a commission on any sales. The entire selling price is payable to the artist.
  • Sold artworks must remain available for exhibition purposes until the end of the contracted period (31 March 2011).
  • Artists shall receive payment for all artwork sold directly from the purchaser.

Exhibition of Artworks

  • All artwork submitted to the Spier Contemporary must not have been previously exhibited. Any artwork selected which is discovered to have been previously exhibited will be excluded from the exhibition, the artist will also be liable for all transportation and insurance costs regarding its return and be responsible for repaying the R4,000 artist fee.


  • The artists hereby warrant that they are the creators and owners of the submitted artworks and that all copyright therein vests in the artist (that no other persons have any copyright of the submitted artwork).
  • The artists hereby indemnify the Africa Centre/Spier Contemporary from any claims for copyright infringement by third parties.
  • Selected artists agree to their artworks being catalogued. The catalogue will be available at the launch of the exhibition in March 2010. The catalogue will subsequently be for sale at no commission to the artist.
  • Artists agree to have photographs of themselves and their artworks as well as statements about themselves and their artworks published for the Spier Contemporary catalogue and related publicity purposes.
  • The Spier Contemporary reserves the right to publish and reproduce artworks for marketing purposes and as part of the event’s public relations and advertising without compensation to the artist.


  • Artists may be asked by the Spier Contemporary to make themselves available for publicity and (film or television) documentary purposes.
  • Artists’ names and artworks may be used for publicity and media purposes.


  • The artists hereby indemnify the Africa Centre/Spier Contemporary and its associated companies, and their employees, agents or volunteers and hold each of them harmless from any and all loss, liability, claim or damage (whether direct or consequential, special or general, contractual or otherwise) arising from or in respect of the Spier Contemporary exhibition.