Finalists’ artwork being showcased

2019-10-30 06:02

A total of 44 artworks shortlisted as finalists for the 2019 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition are showcased at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein.

The 44 artworks were officially unveiled for public viewing and voting at a function held on 17 October.

The shortlisted works by 36 artists were selected by the judging panel from 107 entries received from all over the Free State. The result is a broad variety of styles and mediums, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramic, and mixed media artworks on show and for sale until 24 November.

The five best artworks from the 44 shortlisted finalists will see the owners share in prize money worth R100 000 offered by the law firm Phatshoane Henney Attorneys. The first prize is R50 000, R20 000 for the runner-up and R10 000 for two merit award winners as well as R10 000 to the public choice award recipient as decided by the judges. The public choice award will go to the artist who receives the most online votes on the official art competition website (www.newbreedart.co.za), showing all the finalists for this year’s competition, as well as the respective artists’ profiles.

Category winners will be announced on 14 November. Now in its fourth year, the competition is presented by the law firm in association with the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, highlighted the significant role of all individuals involved in the competition the past years to grow it in stature. “Whether you participated as one of our expert judges, or whether you as New Breed artists entered the competition, you have all played an important role in cementing this art competition as a growing presence to be taken seriously, not only in the Free State, but also in the wider art space of South Africa.

“If you as art lecturer trained, developed and nurtured the talent of our artists to help them reach new heights, you too played an essential role,” said Louw.

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