DUT art scholarship winner announced

2009-12-04 00:00

THIRD-YEAR graphic design ­student Kevin Goss-Ross was awarded the Durban ­University of Technology (DUT) Emma Smith Art Scholarship Award 2009.

The R60 000 prize was presented after a long day of interviews and the judging of exhibits ­displayed by the 10 participants.

Goss-Ross said this about his work, an exploration of music photography: “I believe that music is the major force moulding and ­shaping youth ­culture, while ­music photographers are ­pro­ducing the dominant visual form of stimulation for fans who want to see who they are ­listening to.

“I want to document the struggle of South African musicians ­trying to get national and inter­national attention, trying to make it in a country that doesn’t do enough for its local talent,” the art student said.

Goss-Ross said that he intends to use the money to travel with the Durban band, Contrast the Water, on their planned 2010 tour of ­Europe. During the trip, Goss-Ross will continue to take photographs to use as part of his B.Tech research.

Since 1920 DUT (then Technikon Natal) has been running the Emma Smith Art Scholarship Award competition for the arts and design faculty.

Over 88 winners have received funds to continue their studies overseas, take part in community-based workshops, do further study in South Africa or on the African continent, undertake international internships or projects that further their chosen practices, or to put together solo exhibitions.

The other students who took part in this year’s competition were Zanale Ncane, Lusanda Mgugudo, Christy-Anne Bestwick, Nicole ­Erasmus, Amy-Jo Windt, Rob Garrett, Charles ­McCarthy-Dale, Matthew De Beyer, and Luke ­Cannon.

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