Winners of New Breed Art Competition announced

The top five winners in the 2016 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition are Sandy Little, Mothobi Mefane, Toni Pretorius, Helena de Waal and Carmen van Staden. PHOTO: EYE POETRY

The winners of the 2016 Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition were recently announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
Toni Pretorius was annouced the overall winner of the competition for her work Amassing for our Carrion King. She created an exquisite piece of art from porcelain, wood, glass, vinyl, ink, and brass to address contemporary views on mortality, the brevity of life and human behaviour, showing technique and craftsmanship of the highest quality, supported by a sound conceptual foundation.
The Runner-Up Award of
R20 000 went to Helena de Waal for her magnificent ceramic creation entitled Name changing object, through which she interrogates the patriarchal societal system which regulates the assigned roles of men and woman. Using the everyday object of a wedding dress, she questions the notion that a woman has to take her husband’s surname upon marriage, thereby becoming his possession and an object to be used as he pleases.
The Public Choice Award attracted a lot of attention and votes. However, at the end Carmen van Staden pulled ahead to win the public’s vote as the favourite artist and claimed
R10 000 in prize money. Van Staden had two works which qualified for the exhibition, namely The Flier and Erupted Thoughts.
The recipients of the two merit awards valued at R10 000 each were awarded to Mothobi Mefane for Metsi, and Sandy Little for We are responsible for the image, for Ophelia, Reeva, Jade and Ayanda. The merit awards serve as an investment in the personal and professional development of artists in whom the judges see great potential and are overwhelmingly excited about. The merit awards are therefore an acknowledgement of two artists who show exceptional technical skill and whose work deal with some of the most pressing issues in our South African context.