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The piece titled Brave One by Abigail Barnard is one of the works of art shortlisted for the 2021 New Breed Art Competition. It is on exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, as well as online. Photo: Supplied
The piece titled Brave One by Abigail Barnard is one of the works of art shortlisted for the 2021 New Breed Art Competition. It is on exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, as well as online. Photo: Supplied

A total of 48 art pieces created by 40 emerging Free State artists have been short­listed for the 2021 New Breed Art Competition. An exhibition of these pieces officially opened on 5 October.

An online exhibition, which can be found at newbreedart.co.za, runs concurrently with the physical exhibition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein, showing all the finalists and their profiles.

Category winners are set to be announced on 4 November, and they will share in the R100 000 in prize money on offer.

This is the fifth time the competition is being presented by Bloemfontein-based law firm Phatshoane Henney Attorneys. It is done in association with the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

The competition aims to discover emerging artists, expose talent and provide opportunities to showcase their work. Previous success in doing so has attracted two partners, who come on board this year. They are the Art Bank of South Africa and the Free State Art Collective.

“Each entity is influential in its own right – and through their linking up with the competition’s vision of discovering new local talent, the benefit for artists in entering and exhibiting, as well as winning the competition, is no doubt multiplied,” said Lesley Mokgoro, chief executive officer of Phatshoane Henney.

The public can cast their vote for the artist they believe deserves to win the public choice award. The artist who receives the most online votes on the competition website is guaranteed R10 000 in prize money. Voting closes on 1 November.

Of the rest of the R100 000 in prize money, R50 000 will be awarded to the winner, R20 000 to the runner-up and R10 000 each to two merit award winners, as decided by the judges.

Artists selected for this year’s exhibition qualify for consideration and possible inclusion in the exclusive Free State Art Collective, founded and headed by Karen Brusch.

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