Seeking Love Exhibition – Banele Khoza

Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth and the Bird Street gallery are proud to present you the Seeking Love Exhibition by 2017 Gerard Sekoto winner Banele Khoza on 1 August 2019.

The exhibition will run until 21 August 2019 at the Bird Street Gallery

Banele Khoza (1994) is a Swazi-born and South African-based visual artist. He first enrolled at the London International School of Fashion in Pretoria, but soon realized his passion was in the Fine Arts realm. Khoza holds a BTech in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.
In 2017 he won the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award and with it a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with the IFAS Culture. His solo exhibitions include Temporary Feelings at the Pretoria Art Museum (2016); Lonely Nights at Lizamore Gallery (2017), LOVE? at Smith Studio in Cape Town (2018), Seeking Love at Absa. Gallery (2019). Khoza also headlined the solo exhibition titled LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza as part of the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz MOCAA (2018). Khoza opened his studio and gallery in Braamfontein; BKhz. Where he offers space to other emerging artists and curators (2018).

This collection of works reflects the complex nature of love, how important it is to acknowledge the hearts’ desires and to also learn self-love – which he wants people to walk away from the exhibition thinking about.

“This exhibition is an open love letter to whoever is
watching or reading my work – also to God/All/The
universe. I am confessing that I am ready, and I am
letting go of the search.» said Khoza about ”Seeking Love”.


Join us for the first Chanson Française Competition in Port Elizabeth. Candidates are competing for a chance to win tickets to visit Paris, France !

Come see the Port Elizabeth competition, and help us judge the best performances ! Candidates selected will then go on to compete at the final in Johannesburg ! So it’s going to be filled with drama and excitement ! Do not miss!

The competition

It’s really easy: First of all, it’s free! You just have to sing a song in French, from any French speaking country!

What are the prizes?

The first prize is a flight to Paris! The second prize is a free semester to learn French and the third prize is a lunch at a fine French restaurant.

Who can perform? 

The competition is open to everyone older than 18, even to French-speakers. The criteria that will be assessed are the following: singing in tune, rhythm, pronunciation, interpretation, stage presence, and originality.

How do I register?

First read the Terms & Condition ! Fill in the online registration form Here and submit it (remember to upload a mp3 of you singing a song in French) if you need extra information, or wish to submit your candidacy by email, please contact, the cut off date is September 21st 2019.

Selection of the artists – regional final – national final

A jury will select 12 artists out of all the registered candidates. The candidates will be informed of their selection and rehearsals will follow with our band in preparation of their performance on stage on the Friday 25th October.

The winner will perform for the national final in Joburg, with all the other South African candidates at a future date. Winners stand a chance to win tickets to Paris, France.