1-31 October 2023


With the objective of fundraising for the renovation of apartments at the Cité Internationale des Arts, SANAVA is hosting an online auction of artworks of members of SANAVA.

About the Cité

In the early 1980s SANAVA acquired three atelier apartments at the Cité for the benefit of South African visual artists who have been members of a branch of the association for at least two immediately preceding years. Founded in 1965, the Cité is today the largest artist residency centre in the world. Since its opening it has accommodated more than 18 000 artists from all over the world. Located at 18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville in the heart of the Marais district, residents at the Cité use their time there to produce art and develop creatively further. Residencies can last from 2 to 12 months. The complex also houses galleries where artists can exhibit their works. Read more:

The Member Auction

To be eligible for participation in the member prestigious auction, you need to be a SANAVA member in good standing. This means being a member of an Arts Association that is affiliated with SANAVA. From the total submissions, 500 works will be shortlisted for auctioning, selected by Gordon Froud, SANAVA Vice-President, artist, curator and the current Head of Department of Visual Arts at the University of Johannesburg; and Elfriede Dreyer, SANAVA Vice-President, artist, curator and Extraordinary Professor in Art at Unisa.


  • Submit your entries from 15 to 30 August 2023 to Ané du Plessis at
  • Maximum TWO entries per artist in any medium or size.
  • Images should be in 72dpi format and total size should not be bigger than 3 Mb per image. All images should be labelled with the artist’s name; title of the work; date of the work; media of the work; its dimensions in cm; the SELLING PRICE of the work (SANAVA will take 30% commission on works sold in order to raise funds); and an indication of whether it is framed/unframed. Unlabelled images will be rejected for entry.
  • Entry fee: Non-refundable R200 per work.

When work has been auctioned/sold, buyers are responsible for the transport cost from the artist to the buyer.

Full information on the SANAVA website at

Auction curator: Prof. Elfriede Dreyer

Contact and more info: SANAVA secretary: Ané du Plessis,


Inside the apartments, Cité


View over Paris


Place des Vosges, Paris


Pompidou Centre in Paris


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