Competition invites art lovers to join in

2016-11-02 06:02
Art patrons Namhla Lindazwe (left) and Bonolo Motshabi with artist Richard Bollers (right), whose work is among those selected for the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

Art patrons Namhla Lindazwe (left) and Bonolo Motshabi with artist Richard Bollers (right), whose work is among those selected for the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art competition. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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Members of the public who are passionate about art are encouraged to participate in the Pha­tshoane Henney New Breed Art competition.

The public can participate by voting online for the Public Choice Award from the 41 selected masterpieces of great artworks at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein. The voting process is underway and will close on 16 November, with the award function on 17 November. Voting for the public opened on 20 October, coinciding with the launch, which attracted approximately 50 art patrons who came to view a wide variety of great works produced by artists.

The works include paintings, mixed media, sculptures and drawings with each thought-provoking theme.

To vote, visit the website at, allowing easy viewing and sharing via social media. The competition, which is the online exhibition accompanying the physical exhibition, showcases all 41 artworks, as well as the profiles of the respective 35 artists who have entered the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition.

Artists will share in prizes worth R100 000. Prize money will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: first prize – R50 000; runner-up prize – R20 000; two Merit Award prizes of R10 000 each; and one Public Choice Award prize of R10 000.

Magdel Louw, competition co-ordinator and marketing manager at the law firm, said the top 41 works were chosen by the competition judging panel after having judged the 216 artworks entered from all over the province.

“The exhibition will run until 27 November for further public viewing and also to see prize-winning artworks,” she said.

“Exciting news is that all entrants will receive recognition with their exhibited works on other platforms. Competition winners and selected artists will also be featured in Phatshoane Henney Attorneys’ monthly newsletters reaching South Africa’s top corporate, institutional and governmental clients for 12 months, as well as in the 2017 calendar of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, circulated to its top clients.”

Works of competition winners and selected artists will also be exhibited for a period in the head office building of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, providing further exposure to the firm’s clients.

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