Western Cape Regional Selection announcement: 17 Artworks were selected.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Astrid Gebhardt  | Christine Cronjé | Danielle Bischoff | Francois Knoetze (Congrats on having 2 works selected!) | Gaelen Pinnock | James Nilsen-Misra | Kirstie Nel |Miranda Moss| Nicola Fouché | Nora Kovats | Paul Senyol | Sethembile Msezane | Simphiwe Ndzube |Stephane Edith Conradie | Swain Hoogervorst | Zarah Cassim
And a big thank you to the Western Cape judges:  Luan Nel, Willie Bester, Liza Grobler and Barbara Wildenboer.

Barclays L’Atelier is one of South Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. Held annually, it is open to artists  aged 21 to 35. Historically, this award has not only ensured that South Africa’s young and emerging artists were recognised, but has also afforded them the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. A look through the list of previous winners will testify to this.

For the first time, the competition will be opened to some of our neighbouring countries across the African continent in 2015.

Online entries open on the Barclays L’Atelier website on 19 January 2015 and close 6 March 2015. Entrants can make their drop offs at their nearest collection point between 2 and 6 March 2015.



The Absa L’Atelier is South Africa’s most prestigious art competition and is held annually for artists between ages 21 to 35. This award not only ensures South Africa’s emerging artists of recognition, but also affords them the opportunity to develop their talents abroad.

The Absa L’Atelier art competition is run in conjunction with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

The 2014 Absa L’Atelier Western Cape regional selection was judged and exhibited at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in March 2014.

 Visit the website for more information.

Western Cape finalists:

  • Christine Cronje
  • Gaelen Pinnock
  • Kirsten Nel
  • Lize du Toit
  • Maryke van Rensburg
  • Nicolene van der Walt
  • Nina Liebenberg


Congratulations to Liberty Battson, winner of the 29th annual ABSA L’Atelier Award.

Pretoria’s Liberty Battson took the overall award and main prize for her artwork, “Odds of an artist like me”. The work is a diptych which was created using 2K automotive paint, with the paints having acted as a bar graph. Each stripe represented a statistic which related to artists – more specifically, the odds of an artist like Battson. With the top of the canvas representing 0% and the bottom 100%, the viewer is able to decode the artwork through the legend supplied at the base of the artwork. Intrigued by the chances, the artist aimed to represent statistics in a novel way by juxtaposing trivial, humorous statistics with those that are more serious.

Follow the link to a great behind-the-scenes video on Liberty Battson’s artistic process. The 2014 ABSA L’Atelier winner talks about the concepts, thoughts and production of her automotive paintings.