South African artists are invited to submit their contemporary artwork to be considered for acquisition by the Art Bank of South Africa (ArtbankSA). The ArtbankSA annually considers acquiring special pieces of art for its own growing permanent collection.

The ArtbankSA is tasked with purchasing artworks from South African artists, particularly that of emerging artists in order to lease and sell the artworks to South African government departments, private companies and private individuals. It is a national programme of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation and is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. The vision of the ArtbankSA is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art.

The ArtbankSA will achieve this vision by:

– Curating a definitive collection of contemporary South African visual art.

– Promoting financial sustainability for the artists and Art Bank of South Africa through the leasing of art.

– Nurturing emerging South African artists by expanding the market for their work and providing skills development opportunities.

– Fostering an appreciation for contemporary art by making art accessible to the broader public in their workplaces and shared spaces.


Criteria for submissions

Submissions can be sent via email or post. Artists are required to meet the following criteria:

– A detailed submission form is required with each submission. Submission forms can be found on the Art Bank of South Africa social media platforms and the website and requested from
– Artists may submit a maximum of five original artworks for consideration.
– Artwork of any medium can be submitted.
– Artwork must have been created in the period 2020/2021.
– Artwork must be of a superior quality and representative of South African contemporary art.
– The artist/artist representative will be required to register on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) and be SARS tax compliant.

The decision of the Acquisitions Committee will be final and ONLY successful applicants will be contacted about collection and couriering of artwork to the exhibition venue in due course.

– Three- dimension artwork submissions must be accompanied by images which sufficiently portray the artwork in all its dimensions.
– Clearly indicate the sale price of the artwork including VAT (where applicable) and any other costs.
– Permission for the use of images of the artwork in promotional and educational materials i.e. website, catalogues etc. will be required.

Non-adherence to the above criteria will result in the application becoming disqualified. Only original, ready for purchase, artwork will be considered.

The ArtbankSA Acquisitions Committee
The nine- member Acquisitions Committee will oversee the selection process; approve and make recommendations of artworks for purchase.

Closing Date
The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Friday, 3 September 2021. All completed submissions must be emailed to NO PHYSICAL ARTWORKS ARE TO BE SENT.

For more information visit the ArtbankSA
Queries must be submitted in writing to the

Download the application form

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