Vuleka, meaning “open” in isiXhosa, is a competition initiative of the Arts Association in Bellville. It is held annually at the Art.b Gallery, a space administered and managed by the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Tourism, Events, and Marketing and Marketing.
Says Anne Wells of Art.b Gallery: “Vuleka was established by Art.b Gallery in 1963, making it the oldest continuous art competition in South Africa. Celebrating its 58th birthday this year, the competition is aimed at inspiring creativity and artistic vision amongst emerging and established South African artists. It’s open to all artists who have not held a solo exhibition in the past three years, are South African citizens and 18 years or older. This important event is without a doubt the barometer for the future of art in our region.”
According to the historical records of Art.b, the competition has drawn entries from now prominent artists over the years including William Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Christo Coetzee, Pippa Skotnes, Andries Gouws and many more. “The popularity of this competition is growing rapidly. Last year the competition drew close to 300 entries of which a selection of 67 works were on display at the gallery,” adds Wells.
Entries are open and those interested can visit www.artb.co.za to obtain the forms. The winners will be announced at the exhibition, which takes place from 19 August to 11 September this year. Entry fees are affordable at R120 for members and R150 for non-members.
Wells concludes: “We want to give artists the opportunity to showcase their work, introduce them to a culturally diverse creative platform, obtain positive publicity and receive a financial reward to pursue their artistic careers.”
Exhibition Opens: 19 August 2020; 6:30 for 7pm
Exhibition Closes: 11 September 2020
Venue: Art.b Gallery, Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Rd, Bellville.
photography: Jeanine Bresler