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NO KEBBLE AWARDS (article first published : 2005-10-20)

It was announced today that the Brett Kebble Art Awards, planned for February 2006, would not go ahead.

"The Kebble family informed me today that after a family conference they had decided not to go ahead with the Awards. They say that it is too difficult emotionally for them to continue at this time, so soon after Brett's death" said David Barritt, producer of the Awards.

David Barritt said the family had not ruled out a version of the Awards continuing at some point in the future. He added that the family wished to thank all the artists who had submitted work and the curatorial team who had worked on the Awards.

He said the family had promised to return to the artists all their work already in Cape Town after being selected for the finalists' exhibition.

"In their first two years the Brett Kebble Art Awards had made a significant contribution to the art community and South Africa will be poorer for their loss," said David Barritt. "The late Brett Kebble created South Africa's biggest, boldest and most inclusive art awards. Because of him artists like Doreen Southwood, Tanya Poole and Phillip Rikhotso sprang to national prominence and many other artists gained a wider audience to appreciate their work."

The Awards curator Clive van den Berg said, "The Brett Kebble Art Awards will not be easily replaced. For many contemporary artists they provided a unique platform. We were very excited about the quality and range of work submitted this year. It is an enormous loss."

More information from David Barritt on 082 603 3981.




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