Wealth of entries excite

2016-09-21 06:00

A TOTAL of 216 artwork have been entered into the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, the brainchild of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys.

Artists from all over the Free State handed in their work at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein in time to meet the deadline last week.

A wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and multimedia artwork, has been entered by artists young and old from as far as Welkom, Harrismith, Bethlehem and Clarens.

Several entries were also received from art students at educational institutions, such as the University of the Free State (UFS), the Central University of Technology (CUT) Free State, and the Motheo Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College.

“The interest from the public has been overwhelming,” said Yolanda de Kock, education officer at Oliewenhuis.

“It has been truly fantastic to meet so many art enthusiasts from all over the province, who have shown interest in getting involved in our other local art workshops and exhibitions.

“With this being a unique Free State art competition, it has clearly encouraged our local talent to jump at the opportunity to enter, and stand the chance of not only winning, but benefiting from the valuable exposure it offers.”

Magdel Louw, competition co-ordinator and marketing manager at the law firm, expressed similar excitement at the large number of entries received.

“We are now even more confident that we will reach our goal of discovering excellent new and upcoming Free State artists, and thereby providing them with a platform from which to launch promising careers in art.”

The public is invited to participate by voting for their favourite artist online, playing an active role in which artist will finally receive the public choice award.

The exhibition featuring the top artists in line to win their share of the total prize money of R100 000, opens on 20 October at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, as well as on the competition website, www.phinc.co.za/art.

The winners will be announced on 17 November.

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