Exhibition showcases talent

2019-02-13 06:01
Phelindaba Township by Mothobi Mefane, which is on exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.Photos: Supplied

Phelindaba Township by Mothobi Mefane, which is on exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.Photos: Supplied

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Creative works by four talented Free State artists are among the 68 chosen for this year’s Art Bank of South Africa (Abosa) Free State exhibition.

Mothobi Mefane, Victor Ge­duldt, Daniel Ramontseng and Lazarus Ramontseng are among the 35 artists whose works are on exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Artworks from across seven provinces (none from the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga) are showcased.

Tswela Pele: New Acquisitions of the Art Bank of South Africa officially opened on Thursday (07/02) and closes on 10 March. It is supported by the national Department of Arts and Culture.

Sheryl Msomi, project manager of Abosa, said a panel chose 68 artworks out of 229 submissions by South African artists.

She said the month-long exhibition would showcase the best of contemporary South African art by emerging artists. Submissions were received in October 2018.

According to Msomi, the artworks on exhibition had been purchased by Abosa, with prices ranging from R1 500 to R52 000.

Five of Mefane’s is the biggest winner of the four FS artists having had five of his artworks were purchased for the exhibition.

“The vision of Abosa is to promote, foster and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art,” Msomi said.

“Once purchased by Abosa, is tasked with purchasing artworks from South African artists, particularly that of emerging artists. the artworks will be leased and sold to South African government departments, private companies and private indi­viduals.”

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

  • The Art Bank of South Africa is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture and forms part of the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy implementation. It is hosted by the National Museum Bloemfontein, an agency of the department.
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