REPLICA is a juried art competition and curated group exhibition open to artists of all levels of skill. Are you able to reproduce the famous works of Old Master or classical artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vermeer, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre Renoir, Paul Cezanne, William Bouguereau, or Turner? If so, now’s your chance to shine.

Technique and an eye for capturing the specific expression, movement, or play of light, as well as, exact textures, brushstrokes, colour matching, and extreme attention to detail make reproductions virtually indistinguishable from the originals. Do you have what it takes?

Winners receive cash prizes, representation by The Studio Art Gallery, and more. 

COMPETITION RULES

This document contains everything you need to know about submitting, exhibiting, and selling your reproductions. Please read through it carefully before submission.

WHO CAN SUBMIT?
  • The competition is open to all emerging and established artists residing in South Africa who are at least 18 years old.
  • The Studio Art Gallery’s staff and affiliates are not eligible to participate in the competition, however, they may submit reproductions for exhibition purposes only.
SUBMISSION RULES
  • It is legal to reproduce any painting as long as the artist has been dead for more than 70 years. The only way to legally copy an artwork of an artist who is still alive or has recently passed away is to ask their permission (if they are still alive) or ask the artist’s estate. Without this permission, only artworks by artists who have died before 1952 may be copied for this competition.
  • Replicas reproduced may be in any medium and from any time in the artist’s past.
  • A 1:1 scale between the original and replica is preferred but not required.
  • There are no size restrictions, however, artists should keep in mind that the selection committee will select artwork according to exhibition space available at the gallery.
  • Artists may reproduce all or only part of the original painting.
  • No digital or photographic processes may be involved in the reproduction process.
  • Artists may reproduce the Master’s signature as it appears on the original.
  • Write your signature, title, and master’s name on the back of the canvas/pannel with a permanent black marker. For example, ‘The Kiss,’ after Gustav Klimt, by Marc Alexander.
  • Artworks on paper must be submitted framed behind glass and ready to hang, only paintings on stretched canvases don’t need to be framed, but the canvas edges should be neatly painted.
  • Sculptures must be submitted with their appropriate plinths.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
RETAIL PRICE & ARTIST’S PRICE
  • All entries must be for sale.
  • If a diptych or triptych is submitted, it will be sold as a unit and not separately.
  • The Studio Art Gallery retains reproductions on consignment once accepted onto the Replica Competion/Exhibition 2023.
  • The artist must provide the artist’s price, which is the amount the artist will be paid upon sale of the artwork. i.e 60% of the retail price.
  • The artist’s price must be consistent with past sales and current pricing in other galleries, artist’s website, etc. i.e. All submissions must be for sale at a market-related price.
  • The Studio Art Gallery, as the appointed agent, will take a commission of 40% of the retail price.
  • The Studio Art Gallery is not VAT registered and therefore VAT is not added.
  • The Studio Art Gallery’s appointment will automatically terminate when the work has been returned or sold.
ENTRY FORM, VENUE, DATE & FEE
  • Each reproduction will require its entry form.
  • Reproductions submitted must have been created by the entrant and it will remain his/her property for the duration of the exhibition until it is collected by the artist after the exhibition or sold.
  • Entries must be accompanied by the artist’s biography no longer than 250 words.
  • Completed entry forms, 250-word bio, and a copy of the artist’s ID book or driver’s license must be handed in at submission or emailed to admin@studioartgallery.co.za – do not attach it to the artwork.
  • The personal data supplied on the submission form will only be used in the process of administering and by submitting reproductions for this competition/exhibition, the artists hereby consents to the disclosure of his/her personal information.
  • Submission venue – The Studio Art Gallery, Shop 31 GF, Harbour Bay Mall, Cnr Main and Diddo Valley roads, Simon’s Town.
  • Submission dates – 8 or 9 August between 09:00 am to 17:00 pm daily.
  • There is an administration fee of R 250 for each artwork submitted. Payments can be made via EFT or cash. See details below.
DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS
  • The Studio Art Gallery will accept digital submissions up until 5 pm on Monday 1 August.
  • High-resolution jpeg images not more than 3MB and proof of submission fee payment must be emailed to admin@studioartgallery.co.za.
  • Sculpture should be photographed from at least 4 different angles to capture the artwork’s main features.
  • You will be notified via email on Tuesday 2 August of the outcome of the digital selection.
  • If your reproduction is approved for the Replica competition/exhibition, you will need to deliver your artwork to The Studio Art Gallery on 8 or 9 August between 10:00 am to 16:00 pm daily.
EFT PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO:
  • FNB: The Studio Art Gallery,
  • Account number: 62938155670,
  • Branch Code: 260300,
  • Reference: Initials & Surname
  • Please send Proof of Payment to admin@studioartgallery.co.za
PACKAGING & TRANSPORTATION
  • All artworks whether hand-delivered or couriered must be packaged in appropriate packaging, i.e. bubble wrap, cardboard boxing or crating and will be repackaged if not selected for exhibition or sold during the exhibition in the same packaging. The packaging must be clearly labelled with the artist’s name and artwork title.
  • Please use handy-wrap instead of packaging tape on bubble wrap.
  • The artist is responsible for all delivery costs to the submission venue and returning from the gallery at the end of the exhibition.
SELECTION PROCESS
  • The directors of The Studio Art Gallery together with at least 3 independent ‘art experts’, will make up the selection committee. The selection committee will select from all entries the reproductions for the competition/exhibition. Entries that are not suitable, including those that do not comply with entry requirements and show inadequate craftsmanship, will not be included in the exhibition.
  • The selection committee’s decision is final and will not engage in any correspondence regarding their selection. The selection committee members will only be made known at the opening event.
  • Winning reproductions will be chosen based on adequate likeness, presentation, use of material, artistic skill and available exhibition space. There will be a first, second, and third-place winner, as well as five merit prizes.
  • The first-place winner will receive R??? ??? in cash (amount to be confirmed) and representation by The Studio Art Gallery.
  • The second-place winner will receive R ??? ??? cash (amount to be confirmed) and the third-place winner will receive R ??? ??? cash (amount to be confirmed).
  • Winners will be announced at the opening event on 13 August at 5:15 pm.
  • The Studio Art Gallery will inform artists of the outcome of the final selection on Thursday 10 August. Artists must, if possible, attend the opening event on 13 August.
  • Artists whose reproductions have been selected and winners will be announced on The Studio Art Gallery’s website and Facebook page.
  • The Studio Art Gallery reserves the right to disqualify a reproduction if the artist has not adhered to the above rules as stipulated, even if the artwork was selected for the exhibition.
  • The Studio Art Gallery reserves the right to accept or decline any reproduction submitted to the Replica competition/exhibition.
  • The Studio Art Gallery reserves the right to not accept reproductions The Studio Art Gallery considers inappropriate. Examples include, but are not limited to, reproductions depicting sexual acts, pornographic content, racism, offensive to religious beliefs, portraying extreme political views or demeaning older or disabled persons.
UNSELECTED REPRODUCTIONS
  • Artworks that are not selected may be collected by the artist on Wednesday 17 – 21 August from The Studio Art Gallery between 10 am to 5 pm daily. Any artworks not collected by 21 August will be disposed of and the artist hereby indemnifies The Studio Art Gallery from any loss or damage suffered by such disposal.
  • Artists will be required to show their ID documents or driver’s license when collecting their artwork.
SELECTED REPRODUCTION
  • Selected reproductions must be available for exhibition until September 10, 2023.
  • The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, lies with the artist. Artists are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against all risks.
  • The Studio Art Gallery, as the organizer of the Replica competition/exhibition, shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
  • The copyright of all reproductions exhibited remains the property of the artists. By submitting reproductions, the artist agrees, on an irrevocable basis, that The Studio Art Gallery may reproduce any exhibited work, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing and promotion.
SPONSORS

To be confirmed.