About the competition

The New Breed Art Competition

The New Breed Art Competition was established in 2016 by Bloemfontein law firm, Phatshoane Henney Attorneys as a unique visual arts competition for Free State artists. Now in its fourth year, the competition provides an excellent platform for Free State artists to showcase their talent and contemporary Free State art, and to benefit from the prizes and national exposure the competition provides.

The competition emerged from the firm’s shared passion for excellence and creativity which in turn demanded the recognition of these traits in other disciplines. So an art competition was born with art a universal medium through which boundaries and perceptions can be moved – of audience and artist alike - and challenging us to evolve. The New Breed Art Competition provides the platform for discovering and celebrating a new breed of artist and therein reminding us of the power of creativity.

As a Free State competition, the competition also celebrates our roots and affords opportunity for Free State artists to showcase their talent and art and stake a claim for national recognition.


Winners Group Exhibition


On top of the substantial prize money that competition winners will receive, an exciting feature of the competition is the Winners Group Exhibition to be held mid-2020. All competition winners, including Merit Award winners, automatically qualify for the Winners Group Exhibition which affords competition winners the opportunity to showcase a broader body of their work in an exclusive group exhibition format.


Public Choice Award


An innovative feature of the competition is the ability of the public to vote for their favourite competition artist with the artist getting the most votes at the close of the competition, receiving the Public Choice Award and R10,000 prize money. By creating the opportunity for the public to have its say as to who their favourite artist is, it creates greater opportunity for awareness, discussion, sharing and engagement.


Voting for your favourite artist


Once the selected entrants for the 2019 competition have been identified and the exhibition opens on 17 October 2019, any member of the public will be able to vote for their favourite competition artist by clicking on the VOTE button next to the artist’s profile or on any of the artist’s competition entries for 2018. Importantly, you can only vote once per artist, with a vote for the artist or any of his/her entries counting as a single vote towards that particular artist. You can however vote for more than one artist, but it’s again limited to one vote per artist. Voting closes on 11 November 2019.


Oliewenhuis Art Museum


The Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition is proudly presented in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Oliewenhuis Art Museum will receive entries and host the public competition exhibition and award ceremony. Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture.