Rust-en-Vrede Gallery and Clay Museum in Durbanville, Cape Town, will be launching two exciting new national competitions for 2024 – introducing The Clay Awards and The Junior Portrait Award 2024.


The Clay Awards

As November is traditionally Ceramic month, we are implementing a biennale CLAY AWARDS at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum from November 2024.

The Rust-en-Vrede Clay Museum was recently nominated to become an affiliate member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) – an honour which we gladly accepted.

Our aim is to bring exceptional ceramics to the attention of local and international collectors and lovers of clay!

This Awards exhibition is open to all South Africans 18 years and older. Entries will be online and will be selected from the images supplied. It is therefore crucial that the images provided should be of a high standard. Local and international selectors, all authorities in the field of ceramics, will choose from the images supplied, the most exceptional works ranging from functional to sculptural to the decorative. These works will be exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum in November and part of December 2024.

The online entries open in July 2024.

What makes these Awards unique is that the sponsored prize money will be equally shared between the creators of the chosen clay pieces – which can be thrown, hand-built or sculpted in porcelain, earthenware or stoneware.

Rules of the Clay Awards and a draft copy of the entry form will be posted on the website in February 2024.

Be sure to read the rules, make exceptional work, photograph it carefully and enter at the end of July 2024.

Malini Mistry, Happier, 29.7 x 42 cm, Acrylic on Board, 2023 (detail)

Junior Portrait Award 2024

After the excitement of the local Junior Portrait Award, initiated in 2023, we have decided to grow this into a permanent national exhibition on our art program. The first Junior Portrait competition was won by Malini Mistry.

Every two years we will host a national Junior Portrait Award, to encourage all young artists 16 to 18 years of age to enter an artwork online. A selection of works will be made from the online entries and these works will be sent to the gallery to be displayed.

The first national Junior Portrait Award will be held in 2024!

Rules regarding this competition will be published on the website in February 2024.

We encourage all creative youths to enter.

Rules of the competition

  1. You will have to submit a copy of your ID with your entry. You have to be 16, 17 or 18 years old when you enter this competition,
  2. You may use any medium – pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic, water colour or mixed media on art paper or stretched canvas.
  3. The work need not be framed.
  4. The work should not be signed on the front in order for the work to be selected anonymously.
  5. The portrait should be of someone you know who has given you permission to use them as a model. It may also be a self-portrait. You may only work from photographs that you have taken of the person or persons.
  6. It is important to convey a mood, feeling or story with your portrait.


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