2009-06-18 00:00

TWENTY-THREE rising stars of the art world will be showcasing their work at Durban’s KZNSA Gallery later this year.

The work of Pietermaritzburg’s Ross Passmoor will join artworks from Kloof’s Robert Infanti, Michelle Silk and Leanne Frisinger; Westville’s Ann Buss, Amy-Jo Windt, Mariek Petzer; Glenwood’s Veronica Huber; Durban North’s Lara Mellon, Deborah van Niekerk and Diana Maroun; KwaMashu’s Sbusiso Zondo; Umlazi’s Zama Mthiyane; Ashley Jewnarain (Reservoir Hills); Angie Arbuthnot (Everton); Albina Mitchell (Gillits); Janet Solomon (Durban); Cynthia Msibi (Newcastle); Bheki Gumbi (Nongoma); Kim Bagley (Glenmore); Tony Buckland (Hillcrest); Robyn Cook (Berea); (Durban North) and Jane Oliver (Cowies Hill).

All the artists were selected for Start The Nivea Art Award 2009, an initiative sponsored by Nivea in association with the KZNSA Gallery.

The competition provides the opportunity for one of the artists to win R20 000 cash, a sponsored art studio and art materials for six months and a solo exhibition at KZNSA Gallery.

In addition, the second and third prize winners will take home R10 000 and R5 000 cash respectively at a ceremony to be held on July 14.

Meanwhile, the finalists have each received R1 500 from Beiersdorf to create a unique, commissioned artwork, within a three-month time frame, on the theme, “Beauty Is ...”. Each finalist will be mentored by a well-known South African artist and their artworks will be exhibited at the KZNSA Gallery from July 14 to August 8.

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