Vuleka, meaning “open” in isiXhosa, is a competition initiative of the Arts Association in Bellville. It is held annually at the Art.b Gallery, a space administered and managed by the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Tourism, Events, and Marketing and Marketing.

Vuleka was established by Art.b Gallery in 1963, making it the oldest continuous art competition in South Africa. Celebrating its 58th birthday this year, the competition is aimed at inspiring creativity and artistic vision amongst emerging and established South African artists. It’s open to all artists who have not held a solo exhibition in the past three years, are South African citizens and 18 years or older.

According to the historical records of Art.b, the competition has drawn entries from now prominent artists over the years including William Kentridge, Sue Williamson, Christo Coetzee, Pippa Skotnes, Andries Gouws and many more. Last year the competition drew close to 300 entries of which a selection of 67 works were on display at the gallery.

Entries are open and those interested can visit to obtain the forms. The winners will be announced at the exhibition, which takes place from August 19 to September 11 this year.

Entry fees are affordable at R120 for members and R150 for non-members.

Exhibition Opens: August 19, 2020; 6:30 for 7pm

Exhibition Closes: September  11, 2020

Venue: Art.b Gallery, Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Rd, Bellville.

For more information, please contact the gallery manager at [email protected] or 021 917 1197, or visit the website at

Picture: Facebook / Art.b Gallery – Tiaan van Deventer


Date: August 19
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: R120 - 150


Art.b Gallery
Bellville Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Rd, Bellville.
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