We promote the visual arts and further international cooperation in visual arts

The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) evolved from the Cape Fine Arts Society established in 1851.

SANAVA is a national non-governmental association that is the oldest and most representative entity promoting the visual arts in South Africa.


What We Offer


Museum Cards

SANAVA’s membership to the International Association of Art means we can issue museum cards to branch members travelling abroad. The process has now been streamlined and the cards are made available on demand.


Absa L’Atelier

The Absa L’Atelier Art Competition is one of South Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. It rewards young visual artists with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad.


Cité Internationale des Arts

The Cité Internationale des Arts provides a stay of limited duration to professional artists who wish to develop their artistic skills in France. It has been a public benefit foundation since 1957 and is linked to a vast network of partners and associates worldwide.

Become a member



SANAVA does not offer individual membership. Rather you are welcome to join any of our branches which automatically makes you a member of SANAVA.



Branches have their own membership procedures. Branch membership automatically renders you membership of SANAVA.



Affiliates to SANAVA are independent organisations that share SANAVA’s vision. We aim to share news, competitions and exhibitions between our affiliates.   

SANAVA Matters

Read the latest issue of our monthly newsletter, SANAVA Matters. We want to bring you fresh news from all the art fronts and tell you about exciting art competitions and opportunities for artists. You can also read previous issues.

Get In Touch

Contact Details

Ané du Plessis
Mobile: +27 82 839 8834
Email: info@sanava.co.za

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.