Competition promotes new talent

2017-04-12 06:00
Acclaimed South African artist Willie Bester with the winners of last year’s Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition winners. From the left are Helena de Waal, Toni Pretorius, Sandy Little, Bester and Mothobi Mefane. Absent: Carmen van Staden. Photo: Kezia Gerber

Acclaimed South African artist Willie Bester with the winners of last year’s Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition winners. From the left are Helena de Waal, Toni Pretorius, Sandy Little, Bester and Mothobi Mefane. Absent: Carmen van Staden. Photo: Kezia Gerber

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The second edition of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, to promote new talent, returns to the calendar this year.

This exciting initiative was launched on 15 March, with prize money on offer for the winners.

This year’s launch follows the success of last year’s competition.

The much-anticipated 2017 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition is presented by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in association with the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Approximately 150 artists and interested parties who received pointers on competition preparation arrived for the launch, where they were exposed to exciting developments around the competition.

The developments included the roll-out of the competition in 2017 and an exciting new feature that has been added to this year’s competition.

Sam Moleko, director at Phatshoane Henney, announced Gallery on Leviseur as a new competition partner, who will be hosting the Winners Group Exhibition in the middle of 2018.

“All competition winners, including merit award winners, will automatically qualify for preparation support and the Winners Group Exhibition to be held at Gallery on Leviseur to showcase a broader body of the competition winners’ work,” he said.

This incentive to enter the competition is on top of the R100 000 in prize money that will be allocated to the competition winners, with R50 000 awarded to the winner, R20 000 to the runner-up and R10 000 each to two merit award winners, as well as R10 000 to the Public Choice Award winner.

Ester le Roux, curator at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, also expanded on the concept of new and emerging artists, emphasising that “new does not relate to age, but rather to your positioning as an artist.

This means that the only exclusion is if you are already an established artist with solo exhibition experience. Otherwise the competition is open for all and will hopefully uncover the next new breed of artist.”

She also emphasised that artists must make sure that they obtain a copy of the entry form and carefully read the submission requirements to ensure they prepare well and timeously to avoid late or incomplete submissions.

Submissions will be at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum from 4 to 10 September.

Acclaimed South African artist Willie Bester, who was the motivational speaker at the launch, gave attendees insight about the exciting world of art.

Bester, particularly well-known for his resistance art and installations made of found objects, called on local artists to “use art as a vehicle for change in this world.”

“Remember, art is the heartbeat of life that keeps reminding us of our roots and gives you a voice to change the course of life or society.

“Sometimes people may think that your ideas are ridiculous, but you should try and prove them wrong. Follow your passion and take control of your plan.”

Many of the young artists took the opportunity to talk to Bester about art and how they could better prepare for the competition.

For the entry form and more information, artists can visit the website at

Further enquiries can be directed to Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, at or Ester le Roux, curator at Oliewenhuis, at oliewen@­ or 051-011-0525.

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