'Moveable artwork' brings fine art to you

2015-11-19 09:09
Tshepo Mosopa (Supplied)

Tshepo Mosopa (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Forget moveable feasts. This is “moveable artwork”.

Fine artists have taken to using minibus taxis as their canvas as a way to showcase their work.

The idea was sparked by the SA Taxi Finance's non-profit wing, the SA Taxi Foundation, which first began the project in 2014.

Suen Muller, one of the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award's project managers, said the idea for the competition stemmed from a need to bridge the gap between the world of fine arts and the public.

"Fine arts in South Africa is kept to a gallery space which isn't always accessible. Part of the innovation behind the award is [that] we want to take fine arts to a different audience, which isn't necessarily exposed to fine arts," said Muller, adding that the taxi would become a 'moveable artwork'.

"And it's publicity for the artist as well."


The moving art. (Photos supplied)

Tshepo Mosopa was announced as the 2014 winner in April this year. He was part of a group of six finalists who made the cut.

Part of the entry requirements included submitting an original artwork as well as a design for a decal (wraparound) for a taxi that should contain elements from the original artwork.

Out of nearly 100 entrants last year, Mosopa and five others were selected as finalists. 

All six finalists had their work showcased on a fleet of 10 taxis each for the duration of six months.

"So essentially there are 60 taxis with six different artworks," Muller said.

The taxis were selected based on where the artists were based.

"If the winner is Joburg-based then the taxis drive around in Joburg. If the winner is Cape Town-based, then the fleet will drive around in Cape Town or Durban or Polokwane - or wherever the winner is from," she said.

The winner received a R50 000 cash prize and the finalists each received R10 000. 

The winner for 2015 would be announced in April next year, Muller said.

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