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SAS FOUR TOP YOUNG ARTISTS (article first published : 2001-11-18)

The winners for the 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were recently announced. They are Brett Murray for Visual Art; Gregory Vuyani Maqoma for Dance; Prince Kupi for Music and Sello Maake ka Ncube for Drama.

All the recipients will appear on the main programme of the 2002 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The winners each receive substantial backing for their Festival participation, whether the mounting of an exhibition or the staging of a production. In addition the Young Artists each receive a cash prize.

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards celebrated its 20th year at a glittering ceremony held at the Sandton Theatre on the Square with entertainment provided by a host of past award-winners. On looking at the list of 63 past winners many have been recognised as giants of the South African arts landscape such as Richard E Grant, Janice Honeyman, Paul Slabolepszy, Sidwell Hartman, Sibongile Khumalo, William Kentridge, Robyn Orlin, Andrew Buckland, Johnny Clegg, Deon Opperman and Boyzie Cekwana.

Established in 1981, the Young Artist Awards recognise South Africans of a relatively young age who have demonstrated artistic promise within their discipline but who have not yet achieved national exposure or acclaim. The Awards are designed to encourage the winners in the pursuit of their careers.

Says Mandie van der Spuy, Standard Bank Arts Sponsorship Manager: " We are very proud to once again sponsor the Young Artist Awards and in doing so, play an active role in the development and promotion of our country's young and upcoming artists."

The awards ceremony also celebrated 20 years of the Young Artist Awards. On stage were Sibongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Andrew Buckland, Debbie Rakusin and David Matomela, with direction by Janice Honeyman. All of these artists are past winners of the Young Artist Award.

The National Arts Festival runs in Grahamstown from June 29 to July 6, 2002.




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