50 top artworks in line for New Breed

Lesley Mokgoro, CEO of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys and the newly appointed competition spokesperson

A total of 48 artworks by 40 new and upcoming Free State artists are now being showcased as part of the 2021 New Breed Art Competition Exhibition at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein.

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

“I can safely say 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, exhibiting, as well as winning the competition, is no doubt multiplied,” said Lesley Mokgoro, CEO of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys and the newly appointed competition spokesperson.

At the opening on 5 October, Mokgoro reflected on the fact that the 2020 New Breed Art Competition had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. “However, what is especially encouraging, is that the amount and quality of entries received this year clearly show that Free State artists have come back hungry and inspired to create bold new works in lieu of the pandemic.”

For the first time this year, digital/video artworks were also allowed to be entered for the competition, which also notched up the excitement by a couple degrees.

A broad variety of styles and mediums, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed and digital media artworks are on show and for sale until 14 November 2021.

An online exhibition is running parallel to the physical exhibition on the New Breed Art Competition website at www.newbreedart.co.za, showing all the finalists for this year’s competition, as well as the respective artists’ profiles.

The public also plays an active part in determining one of the five competition winners. The Public Choice Award, plus R10 000 in prize money, will go to the artist who receives the most online votes on the official art competition website. 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.

The winners will be announced on 4 November 2021.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin