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FNB VITA ART PRIZE (article first published : 2001-04-11)

The FNB Vita Art Prize was launched in Johannesburg some four years ago. The founding principles for this visual art prize are to promote contemporary art in South Africa and to provoke interest and debate around new artistic developments. Based loosely on the Turner Prize in London, the selection of the commissioned artists includes input by the general public who can nominate artists they think deserve recognition and a panel of visual art experts who make the final decision. The selected artists must have exhibited work during the past year. The panel included Durban fine-art lecturer Virginia MacKenny as well as Julia Charlton, Pat Mautloa, Willem Boshoff and Natasha Fuller.

The FNB Vita Art Prize, historically based in Johannesburg, will now be presented in other venues in South Africa. This year the exhibition will be held in Durban at the NSA Galleries opening in August 2001. This exhibition will be on the cusp of new developments in contemporary art in South Africa and a showcase of the most outstanding artists resident in this country. The final winner of the competition receives a prize of R35,000. Previous winners of this prestigious prize include Steven Cohen, Jo Ractliffe and Terry Kurgan

The nominees for the FNB Vita Art Prize 2001 will be announced on April 17.




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