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AARTVARK AWARD (article first published : 2000-11-15)

Fine arts at last took up its rightful place as part of South African arts festivals when sculptor Willem Boshoff won the Aartvark Award at this year’s Aardklop National Arts Festival held in September in Potchefstroom.

The Aartvark Award rewards the most innovative contribution to the festival and was instituted last year by Plus, arts and entertainment supplement to Beeld. Boshoff won a trophy as well as R5,000 for his installation (B)Reachings in which he investigates different divination practices in Africa and Europe.

The Aartvark for 2000 was designed by Abrie Pieterse, third year student at the Technikon Pretoria. Beeld approaches a different tertiary institution's undergraduate arts students each year to design the trophy. The winning entry receives R3,000. This is part of the vision that drives the Aartvark project. Not only has an award been created which rewards innovation in the arts, but fine arts students are also encouraged in their efforts.

For more details on Aartvark, call Dirk Jordaan at (011) 713-9695 or e-mail: djordaan@beeld.com




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