More time for Artists to submit Art concepts concepts in the Bank Windhoek and NAGN 30x30 Art Competition

July 8, 2015, 2:18pm



Artists have until 13 August 2015 to submit their artwork for the Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia’s (NAGN) 30x30 Art Competition, which was launched in May this year.

Selma Kaulinge, Public Relations Officer at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) said the deadline was extended from 13 July 2015 to 13 August 2015 following requests from artists and schools to give them more time to submit their concepts.

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.

“This is the final chance for aspiring artists to prepare and submit their concepts. In the first phase of the competition, artists must complete the entry form and provide a short description of the idea that they intend to develop on the canvas. Artists can also support their ideas with preliminary sketches, collage, photomontage etc., intended materials and/or written text.  Entry forms are available at the NAGN offices, Bank Windhoek branches countrywide and can also be downloaded from the Bank Windhoek website.”

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.

Selma urged teachers in secondary schools across the country to encourage learners who are gifted in visual arts to enter the competition. This is an opportunity for them to be discovered and have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks at the National Art Gallery of Namibia.

Roelien Zwart, Communication Practitioner at Bank Windhoek appealed to artists to follow the theme of the competition, which is ‘Fresh’. “The theme basically means coming up with something new, fresh and original. Your concept should relate to the theme of the competition, or we have no other choice, but to disqualify the application.  A maximum of three concepts per artist may be submitted.”

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

The judges will then 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 August 2015.
  • 300 Finalists will be announced on 21 August 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: