Young artists celebrate ecosystems through art

At the prize-giving were from the left, back: Nonto Msomi, Project Manager at the Art Bank of South Africa, Kayla Fourie, Luhan Opperman, Divan Albertyn, Georgia Truscott and Chloè Truscott; front: Cherise Louw, Marike Strydom, Wilhelm Herbst, Ester le Roux, Curator at the National Museum, and Yolanda de Kock, Education Officer: Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

The Free State Young Artists Competition is a great opportunity to get your work out there, and I would encourage others to enter because of the exposure it gives you,” this is according to Chloè Truscott, one of the winners of this year’s competition.

The museum gave awards to a total of nine learners at its annual awards ceremony. The art competition was introduced by the museum with the aim to highlight the importance of creative activities within arts and culture to children’s cognitive and emotional development.

Ester le Roux, curator at the institute, said that this competition has become an annual event that celebrates and encourages the creativity of their budding Free State artists. “Children view art from a unique perspective, which broadens their horizons and develops their innate curiosity about our world, said Le Roux. She added that this competition also exposes youngsters to the museum and gives them an opportunity to think about the theme of the year, which in turn educates them on a subject.

The competition was open to all learners in the province and had more than 50 entries this year. The prize-giving ceremony took place on Saturday, 23 October at the National Museum auditorium.

Entering for the second time in the competition, Georgia Truscott told Bloemfontein Courant that she has learned a lot through the competition. First time entrant, Divan Albertyn, said that it was truly a nice experience and he enjoyed this year’s theme and is looking forward to entering again next year.

Pierce van Heerden