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FINDLAY AND WAFER NOMINATED FOR PRIZE (article first published : 2002-03-9)

The FNB Vita Art Prize 2002 nominees were announced at a function at The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg on March 5. The FNB Vita Art Prize, loosely based on the Turner Prize in London, has injected the contemporary art scene with a coveted and exciting prize and exhibition. It is specifically about the more recent “languages” adopted in contemporary art making and new works are commissioned by the nominated artists. The exhibition will run from July 13 to August 3 at The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

Durban-based Bronwen Findlay, with Daina Mabunda and Faiza Galdhari have been nominated for their work in the Threads exhibition in Johannesburg. The exhibition originated at the NSA Gallery in Durban under the title, Painting, Printing and Stitching. All three will collaborate on a new work for the FNB Vita Art prize exhibition. Bronwen has an MA in Fine Art from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and until two years ago, was a lecturer in the Fine Arts department at the University of Durban-Westville. She is extensively involved in informal community-based art programmes, art workshops and part-time lecturing.

Jeremy Wafer has been nominated for his exhibition, New Works, at the Goodman Gallery last year. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Fine Art at the Technikon Natal and will move to the Technikon Witwatersrand in April. He has an MA in Fine Art from Wits University and has had numerous exhibitions of work in sculpture, drawing, photography and printmaking. In 2001 he was on a fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Centre in Umbria, Italy. One of his most recent commissions was the design of a monument for the Gugu Dlamini Park in Durban.

Other nominees include Alan Alborough, nominated for his national touring exhibition as the Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, has an MA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a BA Fine Art degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently lives in Stellenbosch and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. He has lectured at the Technikon Witwatersrand, and held the position of Exhibitions Officer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Abrie Fourie has been nominated for his solo exhibition, Philippians 4.8, which exhibited in Cape Town at the MTN Sciencenter last year. He was also involved in the Joubert Park Public Art Project and participated in the group exhibition, switch on/off at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, as well as the ABSA Atelier in Johannesburg last year. He lectures in the Department of Fine Arts at the Pretoria Technikon. He has produced several publications and created billboard artwork.

Usha Seejarim currently lives and works in Johannesburg and is completing an MA in Fine Arts at Wits University. She is nominated for her award-winning work as the MTN New Contemporaries Award winner, which exhibited at Camouflage in Johannesburg. She has a strong commitment to Arts Education having worked for the Curriculum Development Project involving teacher training in the visual arts and is currently employed at the Visual Arts and Craft Academy, whose focus is on inclusion, and arts and disability. She has participated in various group exhibitions and plans a second solo show this year.

The artists will each receive a commissioning fee of R13,000 - R5,000 of which has come from The Goodman Gallery. The winner of the FNB Vita Art Prize 2002 to be announced on July 13 and will receive R35,000.

For further information, contact FNB Vita on 011 442-8435.




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