A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

visual arts
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

BKAA SELECTORS HIT TOWN (article first published : 2004-06-7)

Selectors for the second annual Brett Kebble Art Awards (BKAA) have begun a country-wide road-show to decide who eligible for the country's premier art award.

Selectors will be visiting the larger South African centres of Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Bloemfontein, as well as a host of smaller centres such as Port Elizabeth, Giyani, White River and Umtata, areas which are often not targeted by competitions of this nature.

The team will spend just under a month touring the country and making their choice. Those art works selected will be transported to Cape Town to take part in one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary art ever seen in South Africa.

Last year the BKAA received 1,600 submissions, a record by South African standards. This year's entries topped that figure, with more than 1,800 works being entered for consideration for the Kebble.

"Apart from the fact that the patron has generously doubled the prize money, we have gone to great lengths to inform artists about the awards and to make it convenient for them to submit entries,” said Gavin van den Berg the curator of the Brett Kebble Art Awards. “From a contemporary art perspective, the fact that this award places absolutely no technical or size restrictions on entries is very exciting. It's the first time that such an exhibition has been held in South Africa and provides unique opportunities for artists working particularly in installation and new media to be contenders for the award.”

The Awards will profile works entered in six categories; craft - both traditional and contemporary, new media and installation, painting and mixed media, printmaking and photography. According to van den Berg, the categories merely serve as a guideline to artists, but the seven Awards and additional merit Awards will not be made in particular categories. Artists work may straddle any and all categories, and no size or scale restrictions have been placed on entries.

"We will create an exhibition space in one of the Exhibition Halls of the Cape Town Convention Centre that is custom designed for the selected artworks, " says van den Berg, " As a result of this the selectors and judges hope to be faced with the unexpected. We want artists to chart new emotional and physical territory and break stereotypes."




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart