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BRETT KEBBLE ART AWARDS (article first published : 2004-05-14)

Artists have until the end of May to submit work for the second annual Brett Kebble Art Awards, South Africa's premier accolade aimed at recognizing excellence among the country's artists.

Artworks submitted by photograph or e-mail must be submitted by 12 noon on May 21 while all other entries should reach the regional selection points between May 24 and 12 noon on May 31. Details of the regional selection venues are available from the organizers at 021 761 0549 or via e-mail from art@barritt.co.za, and on the entry forms.

Following the success of the 2003 awards which attracted a record 1,600 entries, from which 167 were selected as finalists, the organizers restructured the submission process in order to significantly expand the reach of the awards and make it easier for rural and urban artists to submit work for selection. While photographic submissions are still welcome, artists may now submit their entries at strategic venues in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg, Giyani, Bloemfontein and White River.

Another first for an art award in South Africa is that entry forms for the 2004 Brett Kebble Art Awards are available in seven of the country's official languages, including XiTsonga and Venda.

With double prize money in 2004, six top works will each receive R60,000, whilst the recipient of the overall winning award will receive R200,000. In addition there will be merit awards of R10,000 to be allocated by the judges at their discretion.

According to Clive van den Berg, curator of the 2004 awards, it is anticipated that the wider spread and influence, and increased interest and awareness of the Awards, will result in an even larger number of submissions for the 2004 event.




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