Sanlam Portrait Award 2017 Top 40 Exhibition

The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery will be hosting the Sanlam Portrait Award 2017 Top 40 exhibition, from 07 February to 07 March 2018. The biannual competition, now in its third iteration, showcases some of the best, two-dimensional portraiture in South Africa.

The winning portrait, “Genna and Felix”, a double portrait in oil by Kate Arthur, is accompanied by 39 additional works selected by an independent panel of judges, which includes Peter Monkman from the UK (winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award presented at the National Portrait Gallery in London). He was assisted by Nkule Mabaso, curator of the Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town, and Pretoria-based retired lecturer, Carl Jeppe.

There were some 1 400 entries to the Sanlam Portrait Award in 2017 – almost double the 2015 number of entries. The award is organised by the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville, Cape Town, and offers a prize of R100 000, sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth

The exhibition commences its countrywide tour with a showing at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery from 07 February to 07 March. The exhibition will also be seen in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Knysna and George throughout 2018. The tour is organised and supported by the Sanlam Art Collection.

The opening event takes place on 07 February 2018 at 18h30 (for 19h00). The opening speaker is Stefan Hundt, convener of the Sanlam Portrait Award judging panel, and curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.

DATES 07 February – 07 March 2018

TITLE Sanlam Portrait Award 2017 Top 40 Exhibition

ARTIST(S) Top 40 portrait finalists

OPENING Wednesday 07 February, 2018; 18h30 for 19h00

Please RSVP to

GALLERY HRS Mon – Fri: 09h00 – 16h00

Closed weekends and public holidays

WALKABOUTS 10, 14 and 28 February 2018

LOCATION APK Campus, Cnr Kingsway/University Rd, Auckland Park

CONTACT UJ Art Gallery: 011 559 2099 or

Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection on 021 947 3359 or at


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