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START: THE NIVEA ART AWARD 2008 (article first published : 2008-07-19)

Beiersdorf and KZNSA Gallery present the final exhibition of the 25 finalists of START: The Nivea Art Award 2008 competing for substantial prize money. This arts upliftment initiative, now in its fourth year, is aimed at developing aspiring artists who have great potential. Selected from hundreds of entries from throughout KwaZulu-Natal, these up-and-coming talents have participated in a mentorship programme, and have created a commissioned artwork.

Local emerging self taught artist Bheki Khambule has won START: The Nivea Art Award 2008, receiving R20,000 cash at the awards ceremony held on July 8 at the KZNSA. As the winner, he automatically qualifies for a solo exhibition at KZNSA’s NIVEA Gallery next year.

Second place went to Natalie Fossey of Pietermaritzburg, winning R10,000 cash and third place went to Muzikayise Ndlela of Howick, winning R5,000 cash.

The START: The Nivea Art Award exhibition showcases for sale the final competition artworks of 24 up-and-coming art talents. The finalists were selected from over 280 competition entries received from throughout KZN. The competition is open to artists over the age of 18, who have not yet established their careers in the form of prestigious solo exhibitions or previous art awards. Entries were via an art portfolio comprising no less than three photographs of the artist’s existing artworks. The 24 finalists are presented with a platform to showcase their talents in a professional gallery, receive exposure and the opportunity to win cash prizes. In addition, this year the finalists were mentored by well-known professional artists.

The finalists were given R1,200 from Beiersdorf to each create a unique commissioned artwork within three months in any medium that can hang on a wall, reflecting the theme, “Beauty Is…”. This theme ties in with NIVEA’s philosophy that beauty is, and means, something different for every individual. The works were also required to meet the size restrictions (no smaller than 1 metre and no bigger than 1.5 metres on any one side) and hanging restrictions.

Says Mitja Zupancic, Managing Director Beierdsorf South Africa, “START: The Nivea Art Award has proven to have a positive influence on the careers of previous finalists and winners of the competition, serving to affirm, inspire and recognise these artists. START has further helped these artists to elevate their career in the arts, taking it to the next level, by opening the door to new opportunities and possibilities.”

This exhibition closes on August 2.




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