A total of 54 artworks have been shortlisted for this year’s Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition. These artworks will be showcased at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein from Thursday (18/10) to 25 November. Over 130 quality artworks from across the Free State were received for this year’s edition of the competition sponsored by law firm.The 54 entries were selected from, and the 54 best works were chosen. Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, said this is the largest selection to form part of the official exhibition since the competition’s inception in 2016. “This toughens the competition, as only five artists can emerge as the winners. The 54 works were selected after the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition judging panel narrowed down the just over 130 entries received from all over the Free State.“The exhibition is a real treat, with a wide variety of paintings, drawings and sculptures, and ceramic, cement and mixed media artworks to be on show at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.”The physical exhibition will also be accompanied by an online exhibition on the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition website at www.newbreedart.co.za, showing all 54 artworks and the respective artists’ profiles. Entries receivedfor this third edition of the competition are deemed as outstanding, according to the law firm, which sponsor the competition to the tune of R100 000. “It is clear that artists from the Free State heeded our call to ‘be brave, be bold and enter’”, Louw said.“Entries were received fromhaving been received from all over the province, and from educational institutions such as the University of the Free State, the Central University of Technology and the Motheo TVET College.” The public will play an active part in determining one of the five competition winners. The Public Choice Award will go to the artist who receives the most votes on the official art competition website, and will receive R10 000 in prize money. Of the rest of the R100 000 prize money, R50 000 will be awarded to the winner, R20 000 to the runner-up and R10 000 each to two merit award winners, as decided by the judges. The winners will be announced on 8 November.