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EMMA SMITH ART SCHOLARSHIP AWARD (article first published : 2006-11-29)

Founded in 1920 by the Hon. C G Smith in honour of his mother, the Durban University of Technology continues to host the annual Emma Smith Art Scholarship. Scheduled to open on November 21at the DUT Gallery, there are nine participating candidates nominated by Art and Design Departments from the Faculty of Arts. Participating design course are; Fine Art, Fashion and Textile, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Jewellery Design.

The Scholarship aims to give support to emerging artists in furthering their artistic skills after completing a course in any of the art courses. The nominees are selected by these departments according to merit and candidates eligible to enter must be in their final year of study.

A panel of judges comprises independent adjudicators recommended by the art and design departments representing each sub discipline. Adjudicators are also nominated by the University’s Executive Management and the Faculty of Arts Dean. The process of adjudication is strictly monitored by the University’s Academics’ Registrar to ensure that the process is transparent and fair.

The adjudication will take place during the day, later following the award ceremony in the evening. A virtual exhibition, displays by each candidate at the DUT gallery. The exhibition will encompass displays of artworks, model of designs and portfolios by all the participating candidates.

Participant of the 2006 Emma Smith Art Scholarship are Robertson Samantha (graphic design), Buhle Mthethwa (fashion & textile design), Roger Saint (fashion & textile design), Alicja Florys (interior design), Tarryn Cole (interior design), Christy Botha (Fine art), Lindsay Phillips (fine art), Michelle Pujol (jewellery design), Megan Evage (jewellery design).

The exhibition runs until December 15. The DUT Gallery is situated on the Steve Biko Campus in Mansfield Road. Further information from the curator on 031 204 2207 or email nontobekon@dut.ac.za




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