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MXOLISI SITHOLE WINS START (article first published : 2006-07-11)

NIVEA and the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts Gallery are hosting an exciting exhibition featuring 20 of KZN’s most talented, undiscovered artists.

Now in its second year, Beiersdorf’s START. The NIVEA Art Award 2006 is a collaboration that seeks to create a platform for development in the field of visual art in KZN. This year, 20 finalists were selected from a pool of entries and these artists were then commissioned to produce the works that are now on display at the KZNSA Gallery.

At the exhibition opening, the three winners were announced. Taking the top accolade was Mxolisi Sithole (20) of Umlazi, who won R20,000 cash and a three-week solo exhibition in the soon to be opened NIVEA Gallery at KZNSA. Second place went to Sicelo Ziqubu (31) of Newcastle, who took home R10,000. In third place was Mfanukhona Dladla (46) of Vryheid.

Although the financial injection is important, it is the process that is most beneficial to artists. The commissioned artists worked closely with the judges and were required to submit three progress reports before submitting their final artwork. The judges were available to the artists throughout their process of creation so as to give guidance when required. This year’s panel of judges comprised Sfiso KaMkame, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Julia Meintjes, Anthea Martin, Gabi Nkosi and Nathi Gumede.

The other talented finalists were Niall Bingham, David Buchler, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Adrienne D'Aeth, Russell Stark, Thulani Mbokazi, S'bonelo Kunene, Lalelani Mbhele, Joseph Manana, Anet Norval, Witty Nyide, Liezel Prins, Abednego Shandu, Selbourne Shangase, Lolette Smith, Liz Speight and Mfundo Xaba.

Beiersdorf’s START. The NIVEA Art Award 2006 runs until July 16 at the KZNSA Gallery.

This project is fully funded by Beiersdorf under the expert guidance of judges Anthea Martin and Storm Janse van Rensburg, as well as KZNSA Curator, Nathi Gumede.




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