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The mzansiart@Venice panel of judges

Judging is well under way for the mzansiart@Venice young artists competition. As the
panel of judges work through the hundreds of entries, we’d like to introduce you to these
four arts experts who are assessing each artwork individually.

Nonto Sheryl Msomi

Project Manager for the Art Bank of South Africa (ArtbankSA) and is also the first black female President and Exhibitions Committee Chair of the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts. She is a Fine Arts graduate of the Durban University of Technology and serves on several arts committees, boards and associations, including the DSAC Craft Advisory Team.

Vuyisile Mshudulu

He is the Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage for the City of Johannesburg. Vuyisile has worked for more than 25 years experience working in the arts, in both the private and public sector. He is a specialist in cultural diplomacy and governance and his areas of expertise include policy development, promotion and development of the Creative Industries.

Masana Chikeka

Director of Visual and Design Arts at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, where she manages the Visual Arts, Design, Crafts and Audio-Visual sectors. A former university lecturer, Masana holds a Masters degree and focuses on programme management in developmental fields that integrate the arts and creative industries.

Susan Neethling

Art teacher at King Edward VII high school in Johannesburg. Over her 21 year teaching career, Susan has developed deep insight into the challenges and rewards of guiding young artists on the path to fulfilling their creative expression. She has also developed an Art Therapy healing project in collaboration with artist Richardt Strydom.

Lawrence Lemaoana

Lawrence Lemaoana is a visual artist and lecturer at an institution of higher learning. He was the 2005 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Prize winner for showcasing photo-based mixed media works. Lawrence’s work has always offered prompts and provocations and he has exhibited locally and internationally. He holds a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg.

Winners - mzansiart@Venice Young Artists Competition SA Pavilion 2022

The judges have tallied their scores and it is time for us to announce the fourteen shortlisted finalists for the mzansiart@Venice competition prizes! All of these young artists submitted artworks that are highly commended by the judges, putting them in line to win the grand prize. The fourteen finalists, in alphabetical order of first name, are:

Cognitive dissonance
Tamlyn Martin, 16. Grade 10

First prize in the mzansiart@Venice young artists competition is awarded to Tamlyn Martin for her artwork Cognitive Dissonance, a 50.3cm x 42cm acrylic painting on canvas board. Tamlyn is a 16 year old Grade 10 learner at St Stithians Girls College, where she is developing her artistic talent under the guidance of Art teacher Jean Bollweg.

 

Tamlyn’s work is inspired by Leonora Carrington and is filled with symbolic imagery which she describes as follows:

 

“The first figure on the far left is the Juggler. It is the embodiment of self destruction and self criticism. It is the behaviour of dismantling ideas, doubting sanity, and self-harming. It is the conductor of its own pain. All when taken to an extreme. Despite the fact that this conduct has a bad connotation, there is good inside it. With the lack of this mindset means the inability to improve.

 

The next personality aspect is the Child to the right of the Juggler. It’s known to represent fear and innocence. Fear caused by the feeling of a constant threat or sense of harm and the restriction of naivety. Along with the shaming of lack of maturity and pressure of growing up. However it promotes the ability to enjoy oneself, indulge in childlike fantasies and escapism. The following creature, Stained Glass Figure, expresses grief. Begging for the return of what is lost and believing that who you once loved, you didn’t love them enough. As much as you are capable of loving someone before they leave, in the end is never enough. Grief, at its purity, is unpleasant and full of intense sorrow. Yet with grief, it means there was someone to care about. The flowers are a parting gift, the stained glass shows the inability to see the departed but the light shines through.

 

The Knight, the last creature, exhibits aggression, protection, and loyalty, hostile behaviour motivated by a desire to defend someone. At its foundation, it is a very destructive emotion that seeks to protect what is devoted to it from harm or loss. That there is something worthy of protection and support is the source of its goodness.”

 

For her surrealistic and richly symbolic artwork, Tamlyn wins the first prize of R5000 and a donation of R15,000 worth of art supplies to her school, St Stithians Girls College. Congratulations, Tamlyn!



Second place in the mzansiart@Venice young artists competition is awarded to Cathrine Nagel for her artwork Perspective, a pencil and koki work on A0 paper. Cathrine is a 16 year old Grade 11 learner at Leeuwenhof Akademie in Germiston, with Chivonne Naude as her Art teacher. This is Cathrine’s description of her artwork:

 

“Perspective… it’s how you perceive reality. My artwork is my interpretation of how I experience the dreamworld and in turn the reward of my dream. The line between being awake and asleep is represented by the square vortex… the unravelling of conscious thoughts… spiralling into the dreamworld… The perspective you’re brought to by the ‘Milk of your dreams’ are represented by the eyes, in multiple directions and focus points. This is how I get perspective on the ‘Milk of my dreams’.

 

 

Perspective
Cathrine Nagel,16 Grade 11

Through our eyes Londiwe Makhubelo, 17. Grade 11

Third place in the mzansiart@Venice young artists competition is awarded to Londiwe Makhubelo for her artwork Through Our Eyes, a 42cm x 29.5cm colour pencil drawing. Londiwe is a 17 year old Grade 11 learner at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Emalahleni, under the tutelage of art teacher Shelton Hu. This is how she describes her artwork:

 

“This drawing was inspired by the beauty of femininity. A lot of the time when artists represent femininity, they try to show the hardships women face but I wanted to simply show the beauty of femininity. I called it “Through Our Eyes” because the eyes of the two women essentially tell the story. The eyes are the focal point. The freckles show just how perfect women’s imperfections are. I myself have a lot of physical scars but I believe that that’s what makes me perfect and these scars tell my story which is why I incorporated the freckles.”

 

For this captivating portrait, Londiwe wins the third prize of R2000 and a donation of R8000 worth of art supplies for her school, St. Thomas Aquinas School. Congratulations, Londiwe!

Competition Finalists Announcement

The judges have tallied their scores and it is time for us to announce the fourteen shortlisted finalists for the mzansiart@Venice competition prizes! All of these young artists submitted artworks that are highly commended by the judges, putting them in line to win the grand prize. The fourteen finalists, in alphabetical order of first name, are:

Carissa Claassens (18)

Hoërskool Brandwag
Artwork: The Depth of Minds

Danise Lubbe (17)

Hoërskool Brandwag
Artwork: 5 Stages of Grief

Lauren Wood (18)

Howick High School
Artwork: Our Dream

Ryan Moon (16)

Roedean School
Artwork: Dreams of Now

Susan Kawandami (16)

Trinityhouse Little Falls High School
Artwork: Feedback Whining

Cathrine Nagel (16)

Leeuwenhof Akademie
Artwork: Perspective

Erin McIntosh (Willow) (17)

Bridge House College
Artwork: The Lord of the Black-Backlands

Londiwe Makhubelo (18)

St Thomas Aquinas School
Artwork: Through Our Eyes

Stefan Venter (17)

Helpmekaar Kollege
Artwork: Three Unidentifiable Feelings

Dahrné Geldenhuys (16)

Hoёrskool Monument
Artwork: The Eye

Hannah van Heerden (12)

Steyn City School and Artist Brush Art School Artwork: Overthinking

Michaela Boaventura (16)

Roedean School
Artwork: Myself inside a box: Music Unfolding Within Me

Suné Deetlefs (18)

Hoërskool Brandwag
Artwork: The Orphan’s Dream

Tamlyn Martin (16)

St Stithians Girls College
Artwork: Cognitive Dissonance

We will be announcing the winners tomorrow (Fri 23 Sept) on this channel, from 14h00 – 16h00. We will be starting with the third place winner and counting down to the winner of the grand prize. So be sure to join us then!

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