@StandardBankArt YOUNG ARTIST AWARD WINNERS FOR 2017 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards is one of South Africa’s most substantial initiatives that recognises young emerging trailblazers in the arts, many of whom go on to make impressive marks on the arts scene. The programme is a partnership between Standard Bank and the National Arts Festival with a shared vision of generating a rich legacy by identifying, honouring and nurturing young and emerging South African artists who have shown exceptional potential in their chosen fields but have not achieved national exposure.
The National Arts Festival committee, an independent body of arts specialists from around the country, is responsible for selecting each year’s winning recipients. Awards are made annually in the categories of Visual Art, Performance Art, Theatre, Dance, Music and Jazz, with an award in the category of Film given when deemed relevant.
Designed to encourage the recipients in the pursuit of their professional careers, a key aspect of the awards is the provision of the necessary funding to create and produce a new work for the forthcoming main Festival programme, thereby guaranteeing the winner exposure to a national audience. A monetary award is also made by Standard Bank to each winner in his or her personal capacity.
The list of past recipients of Standard Bank Young Artist Awards over a period of 36 years reads like a Who’s Who of South Africa’s artistic talent and includes many of the country’s most accomplished creative achievers such as Paul Slabolepszy, Andrew Buckland, William Kentridge, Johnny Clegg, Darryl Roodt, Sibongile Khumalo, Vincent Mantsoe, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Gregory Maqoma, Yael Farber, Aubrey Sekhabi and many more.
Over the years these awards have grown in stature as successive winners have gone on to greater careers, often globally.
STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST AWARD WINNERS FOR 2017 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
Abel Selaocoe, Benjamin Jephta, Beth Diane Armstrong, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Monageng ‘Vice’ Motshabi and Thandazile Radebe join a pantheon of SA’s creative luminaries.
Find out more about the 2017 SBYA winners here.