New Breed Art Competition
On the 21st of September, the first judging session to determine the finalists and exhibiting artists of the New Breed Art Competition 2021, was held at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. It was a tough task to whittle down the nearly 200 entries, but the judges did a supreme job in putting together a brilliant exhibition. The big reveal of who are all in line to win this year’s prizes will be made shortly. The exhibition opening takes place on Tuesday 5 October.
Sasol New Signatures Art Competition
Judging for the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2021 took place this morning at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, the collection point for the Free State.
The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is judged in two rounds. The first round is conducted at the respective regional collection points. The regional committees select a total of approximately 100 works for exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. The committees comprise the National Chairperson of the competition, and three judges. Works that are not suitable are eliminated, including those that do not comply with entry requirements, show inadequate craftsmanship, or are not ready for exhibition.
The final round of judging takes place at the Pretoria Art Museum once the exhibition, which includes all the regionally selected works, has been curated. The final selection panel, comprising five judges, chooses the winners. Works are judged individually, based on the concept, use of material, quality of craftsmanship, and skill demonstrated.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence with the organisers / judges will be entered into.
It is in the sole and final discretion of the organisers/judges to cancel any entry on the grounds of illegality, infringement of any third party rights, or a transgression of the constitutional right of freedom of expression.
Free State Young Artist Awards
Judging for the Free State Young Artist Award Competition 2021 took place on Wednesday morning the 15th of September 2021 at the National Museum, Bloemfontein. The finalist will be notified forthwith. The date for the Awards Ceremony will also be announced in due course.
The National Museum, Bloemfontein hosts the Free State Young Artists Awards in celebration of Youth Month annually. The art competition will be open to all learners in the Free State under the theme “Restoring damaged ecosystems.” The Museum joined the international community in celebrating 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘌𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘋𝘢𝘺 2021, by placing emphasis on restoring our eco systems. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. World Environment Day takes place annually on 5 June and the theme for 2021 was about restoring damaged ecosystems and how we focus on resetting our relation with nature.
With this competition the museum highlights the importance of creative activities within arts and culture to children’s cognitive and emotional development. Children who are given opportunities to create and appreciate visual aesthetics often show improved academic performance, motor skills, language development, problem solving capabilities and decision making processes. Art also promotes cultural awareness and an openness to understanding others, as they are taught to recognize the choices an artist will make when deciding how to portray a subject and why.
This competition has become an annual event for the National Museum that celebrates and encourages the creativity of our budding Free State artists. Children view art from a unique perspective which broadens their horizons and develops their innate curiosity about our world, this special ability should be nurtured and developed from a young age.