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SASOL WAX FINALISTS (article first published : 2006-03-13)

After a frenetic week, which saw nominations pour in for the countries newest visual art accolade - The Sasol Wax Art Award - judges have selected ten artists to go through to the next round.

Selected as semi-finalists, from 121 nominations countrywide, are artists Manfred Zylla, Kim Berman, Pat Mautloa, Wim Botha, Andrew Tshabangu, Diane Victor, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Usha Seejarim, Alan Alborough and former Durban artist Jeremy Wafer.

The Sasol Wax Art Award was launched late last year to reward professional artists for their contribution to innovation and excellence in the visual arts. While there are many competitions for young and emerging artists, few opportunities exist to recognise professional career artists in South Africa.

According to the organiser, Carola Ross: "We received many more nominations than anticipated, given the strict entry criteria. The industry's response to, and support of, this project clearly indicates that we have filled a niche gap in the sector. There is no other award aimed exclusively at recognising professional artists with years of experience."

The semi-finalists were selected based on their career profiles. All of them demonstrated years of committed and consistently high quality activity within the sector. They now have a month to draft a proposal for a body work that features wax as its main component, as either process, medium or concept.

From these proposals, five artists will be commissioned to create works for exhibition, and one will stand in line to win the R130,000 purse. Sponsored by Sasol the world's largest producer of wax, the commissioned works will demonstrate either innovation or excellence (or both) in the application of wax in their work.

The highlight of the Sasol Wax Art Award will be the finalists' exhibition and announcement of the Award winner later this year in Johannesburg.

More information and nomination requirements available from the Award organisers, Carola Ross and Associates on 011 726 2502 or on e-mail hotmango@mweb.co.za




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