The Athenaeum is hosting an exhibition titled “21 Years of Democracy in the 21st Century”

The word democracy comes from two Greek words: demos which means “people” and kratos which means “power.” In other words, at its roots, democracy is about people’s power. During the struggle against apartheid, “Amandla awethu” (power to the people) was the rallying cry that resounded at meetings and marches. In essence, this was a call for democracy, for the people to govern.


As much as South Africa’s successful struggle for freedom and democracy is one of the most dramatic stories of our time. This exhibition is to encourage artists to take the stand and actually exercise their power and express their views on What does the 21 years democracy mean to each individual?


Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works on what the 21 years of Democracy means to them through any medium or material. This will be an open exhibition as the Athenaeum would like to allow everyone Freedom of entry and expression without being selected upon.



  1. South African Residents Artists of all ages working in any medium may enter this exhibition.

  2. Artists/collectives are allowed to submit a maximum of 3 artworks. A R20 hanging fee per artwork will be charged.

  3. A single work with all its components may not exceed 1.8m by 1.8m and the total weight of the work must not exceed 10 kg.

  4. Artworks of all media will be accepted and must be submitted “ready to hang” or display in the case of multi-media submissions.

  5. The work must have not been exhibited before and not older than 1 year.

  6. All works must be for sale, unless otherwise agreed. A 30% commission will be deducted from the selling price of the works.

  7. If the work requires assembly or maintenance, clear instructions must be provided and if it is fragile it must be indicated so.

  8. Submissions must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.

  9. Works must be delivered to the Athenaeum Building, 7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port Elizabeth Tuesday 21 until Friday 25 September 2015 at 4PM.

  10. The exhibition will open Tuesday 29 September at 17:30 for 18:00, unsold works must be collected by Friday 30 October 2015. Works not collected will be disposed of at the discretion of the organisers.

  11. Organisers and appointed administrators will not be held liable for any work damaged, howsoever caused.

  12. Organisers and appointed administrators have the right to reject works that does not meet above criteria.