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BASA FOR BRETT KEBBLE (article first published : 2004-06-12)

Entrepreneur and art patron, Brett Kebble, was recognised recognised tonight for his contribution to the development of the visual arts sector in South Africa by his patronage of The Brett Kebble Art Awards, the largest visual art award in the country.

At the seventh annual BASA (Business and Art South Africa)/Business Day Awards, an event recognising the partnership between arts and business through honouring exceptional projects, Kebble together with MTN topped fellow nominees Cell C, Truworths and SAMRO, to walk away with top honours in the category Single Project, which highlights an outstanding sponsorship or a series of projects with one organization.

Kebble created the art awards in 2003 as a personal initiative, as a platform to give artists from various disciplines the opportunity to showcase and be recognized for their work on a scale never seen before in South Africa. One of the prime objectives of the Award is to highlight the investment potential of South African art, and thereby focus on the mutually beneficial opportunities that arts patronage can provide to both artists and investors.

Nicola Danby, CEO of BASA says the The Brett Kebble Art Awards are a shining example of how an effectively communicated sponsorship may bring real benefit to the arts, both by placing artists centre stage, and properly rewarding them . Says Danby: "We hope that the awards established by Brett Kebble will encourage greater meaningful engagement from South African companies - large and small, in city or country, town or township - with all the arts, in ways that offer mutual and sustainable benefit."

Said Kebble; "I am overwhelmed by having the Brett Kebble Art Awards chosen for its contribution to the arts. I like to set myself goals and my goal with the Kebble is to stimulate the art market and recognize artists; the BASA award means that the most prestigious business art organisation in the country shares my vision. I also want to say that the success of the 2003 awards was beyond my expectations but just wait until you see what the 2004 Kebble Awards has waiting for South Africa in October when the next winners are announced."




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