Unbound City: Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Announcement and Reception

13 February 2024
18:00 – 20:00
Norval Foundation
Steenberg Road 4, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa

Norval Foundation and the Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) will be hosting the 3rd annual Norval Sovereign African Art Prize (NSAAP) on 13 February 2024.

The Prize celebrates and rewards the practices of contemporary Artists whilst raising funds for Norval Foundation’s Educational and Artistic Programming. The artworks of the 30 shortlisted finalists will be presented in an exhibition that will open on this evening. The 30 finalists were shortlisted by a panel of five global art specialists; Ashraf Jamal – Writer and Researcher, ArtBankSA and University of Johannesburg; Heba El Kayal – Chief Curatorial Consultant, Norval Foundation; Marie-Ann Yemsi – independent Exhibition Curator and Contemporary Art Consultant; Ngaire Blankenberg – Founder and Director, Institute for Creative Repair; and Sean O’Toole – Writer, Editor and Curator. 

On this evening, a Grand Prize Winner will be named, winning USD35,000 in cash, an opportunity for an Artist Residency in London and a future solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation. The 29 artworks, other than the winning work will be sold via an online benefit auction hosted by Sotheby’s. Proceeds from this auction will be equally split between the Artists and the Norval Foundation’s Learning Centre.



Norval Foundation is dedicated to the research, understanding and care of twentieth and twenty-first century visual art from Africa and its diasporas. We realise this commitment through our exhibition, education, publication, and public programming as well as our stewardship of the Homestead Collection. We aim to be a catalyst for contemporary practice through our commissioning of major works by living artists. The Sculpture Garden and outdoor amphitheatre are situated within an indigenous garden and protected wetland. Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, Norval Foundation’s unique setting is intrinsic to its character. The Gerard Sekoto Foundation is based at Norval Foundation, as are the Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive.


The Norval family founded Norval Foundation, a registered not-for-profit organisation, in 2018. Their ongoing aim is to make art widely available to the public through the creation a self-sustaining centre for art. The proceeds from capital donations are used to secure the Foundation for future generations.


Norval Foundation
Steenberg Road 4, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa
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