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 entering its second year, the competition continues to provide an excellent platform for Free State artists to showcase their talent and contemporary Free State art, and to benefit from the 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


In addition to the substantial prize money that competition winners will receive, an exciting new element being introduced with the 2017 competition is the addition of a Winners Group Exhibition to be held mid-2018. All competition winners, including Merit Award winners, will automatically qualify for the Winners Group Exhibition to be held at Gallery on Leviseur and which will allow competition winners to showcase a broader body of their work and gain further exposure from their involvement with the competition.


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 2017 competition have been identified and the exhibition opens on 5 October 2017, 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 2017. 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 again limited to one vote per artist.


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 art exhibition and award ceremony. Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture.


Gallery on Leviseur


Galley on Leviseur will host the Winners Group Competition in mid-2018. We are proud to have Gallery on Leviseur as an official partner of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition 2017.