Kickstart your art career

2016-05-11 06:00

SUCCESSFUL completion of an information session about the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition has set the challenge for unknown artists to master their craft for showcasing to the world. An overwhelming number of artists X more than 130 X attended the information session about the competition’s entrance process at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein last Tuesday (03/05).

Potential entrants came from as far as Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, Qwaqwa, Bethlehem, Smithfield and Philippolis. The information session followed the official launch early in April.

Sam Moleko, director at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, and Ester le Roux, curator at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, addressed the potential entrants and also answered their questions.

Completion of information sessions have paved the way for artists to take part in the challenge to master their craft ahead of the submission period from 5 to 11 September this year.

Aimed at discovering new and emerging Free State-based artists, it will provide broad corporate and public exposure to showcase contemporary art by artists within the Free State.

The competition is open to all South African artists that reside in or are primarily resident in the Free State and who are 18 years or older. Entrants may not have already held a solo exhibition at a commercial gallery involving more than 20 works.

After first-round shortlisting, selected artists’ work will be exhibited at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum and will also be profiled on the website from 20 October.

An independent panel of judges will conduct a final-round evaluation of the works for the prize-giving ceremony on 17 November.

The art competition offers R100 000 in prize money to five artists whose works will be chosen as the best out of hundreds of entries.

The prizes are as follows: 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.

Competition winners and selected artists will be featured in Phatshoane Henney Attorneys’ monthly newsletter for 12 months following the competition. The newsletter reaches South Africa’s top corporate, institutional and government clients.

Competition winners and selected artists will also be featured in the 2017 calendar of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, which is distributed to its top clients.

Works of competition winners and selected artists will be exhibited for a period of 12 months in the head office building of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, providing exposure to the firm’s key clients.

For more information, visit the website at or contact competition coordinator Magdel Louw at


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