In  a world where women are systematically disadvantaged, it is important for brands to provide platforms for women to help them break into certain industries in order to level the playing field. And one brand doing this necessary and essential work is South African photography giant Orms.

Orms strongly believes that belonging to a network of women can be a re-affirming and powerful form of increasing visibility for women artists. Which is why this month, they will be launching a  programme which will give one young female-identifying artist the platform to break into the art industry, by giving them access to facilities to help them create a body of work to be exhibited in collaboration with Orms in February 2020.

Orms Circle is a collective of creatives and industry professionals including Haneem Christian, Tyra Naidoo, Toby Orford and Savannah Feeke and will be spearheaded by Anelisa Mangcu – a curator and growing force in the art community, who will mentor the selected artist in a variety of fields. Orms Circle will provide the artist with not only a strong support system imparting a flow of industry insight, knowledge and guidance to everyone involved, but will also give them the opportunity to create and exhibit their first solo exhibition, hosted at FORM – Orms’ new creative space.

Orms Circle will also grant the artist the opportunity to create a body of work with the support of the mentors, as well as their first solo exhibition which will be hosted in the new Orms building and curated with the help of Anelisa Mangcu. This will include studio space, lighting and gear as well as printing and framing services, and other additional requirements. The criteria for entry includes a portfolio submission and motivational essay by the interested artist, which will be used during the selection process

Submissions are open from today until 13 September 2019 and the winner will be announced at an event to mark the launch of the mentorship programme beginning on September 2019. To submit, click here.

It is also important to note that applications are open to South African residents who are already actively pursing  a photography career but if the winning applicant is not based in Cape Town, they will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.