The competition is fierce in this year’s Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition for which a staggering number of just over 130 entries has been received.
From these entries a final 54 artworks will be showcased during an exhibition at Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein, which will officially open this evening.
According to the competition coordinator, Magdel Louw, this is the largest number of artworks being selected to form part of the official competition exhibition since the competition’s inception in 2016. This only toughens the competition, as of these only five artists can emerge as the 2018 competition winners.
The 54 works were selected after the judging panel narrowed down the just over 130 entries. The result is a real treat, with a wide variety of paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramic, cement and mixed media artworks being on show at Oliewenhuis Art Museum from 18 October to 25 November 2018.
“The physical exhibition will also be accompanied by an online exhibition on the New Breed Art Competition website at www.newbreedart.co.za, showing all 54 artworks and the respective artists’ profiles.
“The public will also play an active part in determining one of the five competition winners. The Public Choice Award will go to the artist who receives the most online votes on the official art competition website. He or she will receive R10 000 in prize money,” said Louw.
Of the rest of the R100 000 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. – Pieter Delport