High School Art Competition


Open to all high school students across South Africa
Entries close: 23 rd September 2022

The Sacred Heart College Art Competition was born out of a need to provide art students with a  greater sense of community, opportunities to develop their artistic practice and exhibition experience. A platform of artistic excellence as well as broadening the awareness of the necessity for the arts in education. The theme TRANS/FORM/ATION challenges these young artists to tease out the deeper concepts, meanings and relevance of these words and expressions. Sacred Heart College positions itself as a place of true inclusion, diversity and transformation. This competition allows artists to grapple with these notions.

F.A.Q's and T's & C's

Who is this exhibition for?  
Any high school students in South Africa

What is the theme?  
You can choose how you break apart and assemble these words into different configurations
to generate meaning to inform your work.

Are there age group categories? 
There is a category for age 13 – 15 and one for 16 – 18

What kind of artwork can I submit? 
Your artwork can be any visual art medium excluding performance or installation.

How big can my artwork be? 
Your artwork may not be bigger than 50cm x 50cm x 50cm

Can I enter more than 1 artwork?
Your entry is limited to 1 artwork.

How do I enter? 
Fill in the entry form and submit this with your proof of payment and a high res photograph of
your work

When do entries close? 
The 23rd of September 2022

How much does it cost? 

When is the exhibition opening? 
12th of October

What is the selection process?
The judges will select the best 10 works in each category that fulfill the brief of the competition. The judge’s decision is final.

What happens if my work gets selected? 
You will be notified via email by the 29th of September. Your work will need to be couriered
or delivered to Sacred Heart College by the 4th of October. Your work must be ready for
exhibition either mounted or framed. The final 3 in each category will be announced at the
opening of the exhibition.

Where will the exhibition take place? 
The exhibition will be held at Sacred Heart College, 15 Eckstein Str, Observatory,
Johannesburg. There will be an online exhibition running concurrently.

What are the prizes? 
PNA and Heritage Paints have sponsored hampers for the top 3 in each category:
1st place over R1000
2nd place over R700
3rd place over R400

Can I copy another artist’s work? 
If your work infringes on someone else’s copyright, or if your work copies another artist’s
work, your work will immediately be disqualified.

Will Sacred Heart College have rights to my images?
By entering the competition, you give Sacred Heart College permission to use your image
and your work in its marketing material and publication of the exhibition. However, the
artworks remain your property, and must be collected from the school within 30 days after
the conclusion of the exhibition.

How do I pay my R100 entry?
The school bank details are as follows:
Name of account: Sacred Heart College
Bank and branch: First National Bank, Eastgate
Account number: 5039-1755-442
Branch code:  257-705 (250-655)
Reference: 40059 Name Surname

Who can I send my questions to?
Contact Kaolin Thomson, the curator of the competition at

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