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Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, in partnership with Durbanville’s Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, the award offers a significant monetary prize of R100 000 and a viewers’ choice prize of R20 000 . The closing date for entries is 23 July 2015.

The first Sanlam Portrait Award, held last year, attracted a staggering 1 783 entries. KwaZulu-Natal artist Heather Gourlay-Conyngham walked off with the top prize for her nude male portrait entitled A Young Man (177 x 80cm, oil on canvas).

The competition is open to artists of 18 years and older who are residents of South Africa. Work entered should be based on a sitting, or study from life, and the human figure must predominate. No sculptures, photographs and works created using software or other digital means will be eligible. All works will be judged anonymously by a panel of three independent judges. They will identify the winning portrait and select 39 other entries to tour the country as part of an exclusive exhibition. The panel will be convened by Stefan Hundt, head of the Sanlam Private Wealth art advisory service and curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.

Daniël Kriel, CEO of Sanlam Private Wealth, says "Many of our clients have a passion for art, and invest in art as part of a balanced portfolio. We launched the first Art Advisory Service in South Africa in 2010 and it is a platform that has always been a strong part of our business. Partnering with Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery on the Sanlam Portrait Award was a natural fit for us and we are pleased to be continuing this initiative."

Kriel says the outstanding quality and standard of the entries received in last year’s competition was testament to the range and depth of talent South Africa has to offer. “We are looking forward to seeing entries that push beyond the normal and accepted for the second competition.”

The name of the overall winner will be announced at a gala event to be held at the Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery on 27 August 2015.

For more information on the competition, entry forms and competition rules, please go to www.sanlamportraitaward.co.za or www.rust-en-vrede.com.

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