June 24, 2015, 10:40am



Aspiring artists are encouraged to enter the Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) 30x30 art competition, which was launched last month.

The competition, which aims to discover new and fresh talent in Namibia requires artists to translate their creative ideas into any medium on a 30x30 cm stretched canvas.

“Entries are streaming in from artists of all age groups all over the country. Some artists have already submitted their final complete works, which was not supposed to be the case. Artists are therefore reminded that the competition consists of two phases. The first phase is only to complete the entry form and to provide a short description of the idea that they intend to develop on the canvas. This can be supported by visuals such as preliminary sketches, collage, photomontage etc., intended materials and/or written text.  Get to your nearest Bank Windhoek branch, NAGN offices or download the entry form from our website to enter”, said Riaan van Rooyen, Head: Corporate Communication and Social Investment at Bank Windhoek.

The deadline for submission for the first phase of the competition is 13 July 2015.

The judges will then select the best 300 ideas (150 Secondary school learners and 150 amateur artists). The selected artists will receive 30x30 cm stretched canvas to complete the second phase of the competition.

The competition consist of two categories, namely a School Category for secondary school learners (Grade 8 to 12 and age 14 to 19 at the time of submission) and an Amateur Category for artists who do not have any tertiary art qualification and have not had a solo exhibition or participated in a curated exhibition.

 The judges will select the top 15 best artworks from each of the two categories. These artworks will be bought for N$750 in the School Category and N$1 000 in the Amateur Category.

The rest of the participants will receive a certificate of recognition and their artworks will be displayed at an exhibition where they will be on sale to the public for N$500.

An exhibition catalogue will also be printed. The catalogue can be used by the participating artists as part of their art portfolios and to promote themselves as independent artists. 

Entry forms can be submitted at any Bank Windhoek branch or agency countrywide and at the NAGN in Windhoek.

Below are important dates of the competition:

-          The deadline for submission of entry forms and ideas:  13 July 2015.

-          300 Finalists will be announced at the end of July 2015

-          Deadline for submission of final artworks: 2 October 2015

-          Prize-giving ceremony and official opening of exhibition: 16 October at 18h00

-          Closing date of exhibition: 31 October 2015.

For more information, contact Roelien Zwart, at Tel: (061) 299 1278 or Email: Enquiries can also be directed to Selma Kaulinge at the NAGN at Tel: (061) 231160 or Email: