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BASA AWARD FOR PRINTS PROJECT (article first published : 2004-06-28)

The MTN Foundation’s Art Institute was announced a winner in the Single Project Sponsorship category for one of its flagship projects, Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints, at the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards 2004 event.

The Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints project is an annual art sponsorship established by the MTN Art Institute in 2000 and reclaims the history of the Fine Art School in Rorke’s Drift. The school was a highly influential art school for black South Africans during apartheid.

The project comprises an exhibition, book and education initiative intended to enlighten the South African public on this key era of our art history. The exhibition consists of 140 artworks assembled from collections in South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Simultaneously, the published book, Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints, was written by the exhibition curators, Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin.

Amongst the 200 images, the book contains rare photos from the archives of teachers and students and entries on 85 artists who worked at Rorke’s Drift as printmakers, providing the public with new information on South African artists.

The BASA Awards, established in 1997 as a Section 21 company, are a joint initiative between government and the business sector to secure the future of the arts industry in our country through increased corporate involvement.

‘Winning this BASA Award confirms that we are moving in the right direction in our efforts to reclaim our country’s rich cultural and artistic heritage and to improve the quality of life in the communities where we operate. To date the Rorke’s Drift exhibition has moved through seven cities and towns across the country and has attracted more than 150,000 visitors,” says Dr Yvonne Muthien, MTN Group Executive: Corporate Affairs.

The Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints exhibition will open at the Johannesburg Art Gallery on July 14.




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