Across a selection of genres, the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards is an annual award programme for artists who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen field.  The awards, established in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, is a sought-after accolade. It is both a badge of honour and a golden opportunity; a recognition of creativity, originality, talent, hard work, ambition and imagination – and a platform on which to build in pursuit of new artistic achievements.  Winners are deliberated over by the Festival Artistic Committee.  The winners are also given the opportunity to showcase their work at the National Arts Festival, with financial support provided through Standard Bank.

The Standard Bank Young Artists for 2023 will be announced before the end of the year. They will present new work in 2024