New Breed Art Competition at display

Philo Nel (Director: Phatshoane Henney Attorneys), Sam Moleko (Director: Phatshoane Henney Attorneys), Ester le Roux (Curator: Oliewenhuis Art Museum), Magdel Louw (Competition Coordinator) and Yolanda de Kock (Education Officer: Oliewenhuis) at the opening of the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Exhibition at Oliewenhuis.

The Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Exhibition, comprising works of 35 top Free State artists, is currently on display at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
The works that form part of the exhibition have been selected to be in line for the winning prize of the New Breed Art Competition. After having judged the 216 artworks entered from all over the province, the judging panel of the New Breed Art Competition chose 41 exciting artworks to be exhibited here. A wide variety of high quality artworks, among others paintings, sculptures, drawings and mixed media are on show.
Works by Adam Truscott (Harrismith), Kobus Lotz (Bloemfontein), Adéle Opperman (Bloemfontein), Lana Combrinck (Virginia), Adelheid von Maltitz (Bloemfontein), Lele Sentso (Virginia), Amor Roelofse (Bloemfontein), Mandi-Anne Bezuidenhout (Bloemfontein), Baba Tjeko (Bloemfonetin), Mandie Cronjé (Bloemfontein), Cari Niehaus (Bloemfontein), Mariëtte Pretorius (Bloemfontein), Carmen van Staden (Bloemfontein), Martie Bitzer (Bloemfontein), Cecilia van Vuuren (Bloemfontein), Miemie du Toit (Bultfontein), Darren Clarke (Welkom), Mothobi Mefane (Bloemfontein), Diedré van Straaten (Zastron), Motseokae Klas Thibeletsa (Thaba Nchu), Dienka Staal (Kroonstad), Moeketsi Phalatsane (Thaba Nchu), Dina Grobler (Bloemfontein), Petra Schutte (Bloemfontein), Helena de Waal (Bloemfontein), Richard Bollers (Thaba Nchu), Jano Myburgh (Bloemfontein), Sandy Little (Bloemfontein), Johandi du Plessis (Bloemfontein), Teboho Mosala (Botshabelo), Johannes Botma (Bloemfontein), Thabo Raliile (Bloemfontein), Jonette Erwee (Bloemfontein), Toni Pretorius (Bloemfontein) and Kara Schoeman (Bloemfontein) can be seen as part of this exhibition.
In his opening speech, Sam Moleko, director in the commercial department at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, remarked that he is especially excited as he believes the competition has achieved exactly what it set out to do – which is to uncover emerging Free State talent. “I am sure you will agree with me after viewing the works that we have a wonderful variety in our opening competition to provide the judges some grey hairs in having to make their final judging decisions!”
He also highlighted a unique feature to the competition, which is the online exhibition accompanying the physical exhibition, showcasing all 41 artworks as well as the respective artists’ profiles on the Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition website at – allowing easy viewing and sharing via social media.
In addition, the public will play an active part in deciding on the winner of the Public Choice Award by voting online for their favourite artists. “By voting and sharing your favourite artist and works, we hope to extend the reach of the competition beyond the walls of Oliewenhuis and involve a far wider audience,” Moleko said.
The exhibition will run till
27 November 2016 with the final prize-giving taking place at a formal award function on
17 November where R100 000 in prize money will be awarded for the best entries in the following categories: First prize of R50 000, runner-up prize of R20 000, two merit awards with prize money of R10 000 each and one public choice award with prize money of R10 000.