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With the online entry dates edging ever closer, the 2021 Portrait Award competition is just one month away. If you still want to stand a chance to win some amazing prizes, best to start cracking on the making!

A new panel of adjudicators have accepted the challenge of selecting this year’s winning portrait. The winner will walk away with a monetary prize of R 150 000. The judging panel for 2021 consists of Robyn Cedras-Tobin, Lucia Burger and Stefan Hundt.


Robyn Cedras-Tobin is a cultural worker – in research, the curatorial, and as a producer of figurative sculpture. Robyn achieved her BA (Hons) in Fine Art (University of Cape Town) as well as her Masters in Heritage and Public Culture with distinction from the Centre of African Studies (University of Cape Town). Her experience owing to her work with the Iziko Museums of South Africa’s social history and art collections as well as her work at the District Six Museum and Beneficiary Trust has been focused on the visual arts and heritage.

As director of the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, she manages the Rupert, Rembrandt van Rijn and Huberte Goote Foundations private art collections. Dedicating her time since 2018 to the Rupert Museum’s re-envisioning of the space as an art museum and cultural centre; placing accessibility, education and public programming at its heart, while broadening curatorial engagement with the collection it houses.


Lucia Burger has been involved in various aspects relating to art over the past 40 years. The emphasis has been on art education and she has worked as an art teacher and lecturer, curator and writer of art reviews and articles on art and artists for various magazines and academic publications. She served on many Boards and Committees and was the art advisor for Sasol, Sandton City Council and the Department of National Education. She was also a Trustee for the Johannesburg Art Gallery for many years.

Lucia initiated the Institute of Contemporary Art in Johannesburg that later became the Civic Gallery. She has been part of many adjudication panels for competitions around the country and has travelled extensively, visiting art galleries and art museums worldwide. She has attended many Biennales and Documenta in Kassel regularly over many years. She holds a B.A. Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Free State, as well as a three-year art diploma from the Pretoria Teachers Training College.


Prior to his appointment at Sanlam, he served as curator for the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, a satellite of the National Museum in Bloemfontein. He continues to practice as an art historian publishing articles on corporate collecting and catalogues featuring the Sanlam Art Collection and selected artists. For the past 30 years he has played an active role in the South African art world, 23 of which have been dedicated to expanding Sanlam’s investment in its art collection.

Hundt holds a BA in Fine Arts with honours from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and studied History of Art at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Planning to enter the Portrait Award competition this year?

Online Entries open between 1 and 12 June 2021 ( Besides the enticing R 150 000 winning prize, a second prize of R 30 000 and third prize of R 20 000 are also up for grabs. As an added bonus, one lucky entrant could win a residency to Spain at the Blue Cactus Artist Residency, sponsored by The CoArt. The Italian Art Shop is sponsoring Sennelier Art Hamper prizes and a young artist between the age of 18 and 25 will be eligible for Portrait Zoom Sessions with Andrew James from the Royal Portrait Society in Britain.

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