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GRAND-PA’S 90TH BIRTHDAY (article first published : 2007-03-24)

The Grand-Pa Art Competition, celebrating the 90th birthday of Grand-Pa Headache Powders & Tablets, is underway on 13 University campuses nationwide. The competition encourages students to visually capture 90 years of fast pain relief. Over 1,000 keen entrants have registered via their SRC offices and online at www.studentvillage.co.za with each of them working feverishly to complete their works of art.

Following the phenomenal response, the organizers of the Grand-Pa Art Competition have decided to extend the submission deadline to March 27, 2007, to allow students time to ensure that their masterpieces are of the very highest quality.

After the closing date, selected art pieces will then be displayed at on-campus exhibitions at University of Johannesburg (WITS Tech), Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria Tech), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (PE Tech) and DUT (Durban University of Technology).

There are five R10,000 prizes up for grabs for the artwork which best illustrates Grand-Pa’s contribution to fast pain relief over the last 90 years. The entry categories are: Painting (watercolour or oil), Sculpture, Drawing (any medium), Motif (fabric print), Mosaic, Street Art, Collage, Wire Design (and beadwork) and Weaving, Knitting or Crochet.

Heribert Voss, General Manager & VP Consumer Healthcare Southern Africa, eagerly awaits submission of the final art pieces. “We’re really excited to see the quality of work which we’re sure will pour in over the next few weeks”, he says, “Grand-Pa is a brand with a long history in South Africa, and we are interested to see what kind of art will be produced to honour this legacy”.

HOD of Studio Arts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, David Jones, is one of judges in the Grand-Pa 90th Birthday Art Competition. “This project partnership of Universities and Grand-Pa is an exciting opportunity for all students involved in the Creative Visual Arts. The prize money is attractive and the scope for expression is wide, he says, “I look forward to the exhibition to see a younger take on pain and its traditional South African cure”.

Visit www.studentvillage.co.za/grand-pa for regular updates on the progress of the competition, or mail grandpa@studentvillage.co.za for more information.




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