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IGALELO LIKA MAKHOBA (article first published : 2004-10-7)

The BAT Centre is hosting an arts competition honouring the late Trevor Makhoba who was one of the finest and powerful modern painters to have emerged in recent times from KwaZulu-Natal.

The competition seeks to promote and cultivate the talent of young artists of KZN and is one of the ways the BAT Centre supports and encourages artists working with the medium of painting. It is open to artists of the ages between the 18 and 35. Prizes to be won are from R5,000 to R2,000, as well as consolation prizes.

Artists working beyond the Ethekwini region are also invited take part in the competition as neighbouring institutions have agreed to be part of this initiative. Artists working in areas like Port Shepstone, Pietermaritzburg, Empangeni, etc, can submit their paintings to the following institutions; Margate Art Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery and Indonsa Art Centre. The Arts Competition is open to local artists (fine art painters) and aspiring artist to submit their paintings to the above-mentioned institutions. This project also seeks to compliment the Retrospective exhibition on Trevor Makhoba to be held at the Durban Art Gallery in December this year.

“This great artist made his mark as a modern South African painter as his works educate, show remarkable artistic skill and provoke thought through the subjects he uses in his works,” says the BAT Centre’s Nontobeko Ntombela. “Trevor Makhoba was a self-taught artist who worked mostly with oil on card and later canvas. Despite the fact that this market would have limited his scope, he produced significant work that made it into many national and international galleries. He received rewards for his magnificent skill and the BAT Centre would like to embark on the platform he has created for many artists.

“So many young aspiring artists have been encouraged by this remarkable art ideology and BAT has seen this opportunity to celebrate and encourage new ideas, new skill and new subject matter so as to instill Trevor's start in bringing a new languages into South African galleries and changing perspectives about South African art.”

This competition has been made possible by kind sponsorship from The Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Application forms can be acquired from the BAT website at www.batcentre.co.za, or can be collected from the BAT Centre, Indonsa Art Centre, Tatham Art Gallery, Margate Art Gallery, Empangeni Museum and local art institutions.

Further information from Nontobeko Ntombela on 031 332 0451.




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