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The Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners for 2011 were announced last night.
The 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners are “a group of diversely unique individuals with distinctive artistic voices, who are bringing a fresh edge to their respective disciplines,” said National Arts Festival Committee Chairman Jay Pather at the announcement of the winners of the prestigious award in Johannesburg last night, hosted by Standard Bank.
The winners of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards, are:
Nandipha Mntambo for Visual Art
Ben Schoeman for Music
Neil Coppen for Theatre
Bokani Dyer for Jazz
Mamela Nyamza for Dance
These awards, acknowledged as one of the most prestigious of their kind, honour young South African artists on the brink of national acclaim by providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
“Based on artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement, the winners of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are five remarkable individuals who are on top of their game. Their creativity, talent and fortitude is making a significant contribution to the cultural vibrancy of our country,” said National Arts Festival Director, Ismail Mahomed.
The winners are also given various opportunities to represent South Africa on international stages as a result of their association with the award.
Mandie van der Spuy, Standard Bank Head of Arts and Jazz Sponsorship said, “As a bank we are committed to nurturing arts talent in South Africa, and we believe that the awards play a vital role in advancing the artists’ careers as well as our country’s cultural heritage. We are proud of the results that this award has delivered over the past 27 years as it forms a central part of Standard Bank’s committed role in developing upcoming South African talent.”
As part of their prize, each of the winners will be featured at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (30 June - 10 July 2011) on the Main programme, where they will be given the opportunity to develop and première novel pieces of work.
“I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to Standard Bank for their loyal and continued support of the arts, and in particular their great investment towards this award,” said this year’s winner for Music, pianist Ben Schoeman.
“It’s such a great feeling to be recognised in your country,” said 2011 Dance winner, Mamela Nyamza. “Thanks to Standard Bank and this award I can now travel the world with confidence and carry the flag with me everywhere I go, hoping that I will make my country proud for this recognition,” she added.
“Winning this award is wonderful,” said Nandipha Mntambo, 2011 winner for Visual Art. “At this stage of my career it is a great affirmation of my achievements within my art practice.”
“Ismail Mahomed and the National Arts Festival team have taken risks to allow emerging theatre makers like myself to be seen on a national platform, and I cannot thank them enough for the exposure, encouragement and support,” said 2011 winner for Theatre, Neil Coppen. “I am in awe of the many talents, on stage and off, who I have had the fortune of collaborating with over the years. This award would not be possible without their considerable inputs and I share it with dozens of artists, collaborators and friends who make what I do possible.”
“The Standard Bank Young Artist Award is a blessing. Being recognized as someone doing something worthwhile is encouraging,” said this year’s Jazz winner, Bokani Dyer. “I look at the previous winners of this award who are all musicians who I admire and respect, so to be a winner of this award is a great honour.”
Previous winners of this award include William Kentridge, Sibongile Khumalo, Johnny Clegg, Andrew Buckland, Sibongile Mngoma, Janice Honeyman, Sam Nhlengethwa, Richard Grant and various other nationally and internationally acclaimed South African arts icons.
“In its 27th year of sponsoring this prestigious award, Standard Bank enables the National Arts Festival to offer each of these artists a golden opportunity to create something special for Festival audiences the opportunity and the incentive to be showcased on the Festival's Main programme. In this way, the Festival encourages these outstanding individuals to continue with their high level of practice as contemporary South Africa artists and, at the same time, to continue to inspire other artists of their own generation,” Mahomed added.
Profiles of winners to follow. Pictures are available on request.
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1981 Richard Grant, John Theodore, Jules van de Vijver 1982 Janice Honeyman, Neil Rodger, Lindy Raizenberg 1983 Paul Slabolepszy, Malcolm Payne, David Kosviner 1984 Peter Schütz, Ken Leach Standard Bank - 1820 Foundation 10th Anniversary Special Award: Lamar Crowson, 1985 Marion Arnold, Maishe Maponya, Sidwill Hartman 1986 Andrew Buckland, Gavin Younge 1987 William Kentridge, Hans Roosenschoon 1988 Margaret Vorster, Mbongeni Ngema 1989 Johnny Clegg, Marthinus Basson, Helen Sebidi, Gary Gordon 1820 Foundation Special Award Pieter-Dirk Uys 1990 Robyn Orlin, Fée Halsted-Berning, Bonnie Ntshalintshali 1991 Peter Ngwenya, Andries Botha, Darrell Roodt 1992 Deon Opperman, Tommy Motswai, Raphael Vilakazi, Kevin Harris 1993 Christopher Kindo, Sibongile Khumalo, Pippa Skotnes 1994 Jerry Mofokeng, Sam Nhlengethwa, Michael Williams 1995 Jane Alexander, Boyzie Cekwana, John Ledwaba, Abel Motsoadi 1996 Lara Foot Newton, Trevor Makhoba, Vincent Mantsoe, Victor Masondo 1997 Lien Botha, Geoffrey Hyland, Sibongile Mngoma Standard Bank Special Award for vision, commitment and contribution, Alfred Hinkel 1998 David Mudanalo Matamela, Debbie Rakusin, Bongani Ndodana, Nhlanhla Xaba, Aubrey Sekhabi 1999 No awards made. 2000 Zenzi Mbuli, Gloria Bosman, Alan Alborough 2001 Tracey Human, Brett Bailey, Fikile Mvinjelwa, Walter Oltmann 2002 Gregory Vuyani Moqoma, Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Prince Kupi, Brett Murray 2003 Moya Michael, Yael Faber, Dumisani Phakathi, Angela Gilbert, Berni Searle 2004 Kathryn Smith, Mncedisi Shabangu, Portia Lebohang Mashigo, Tutu Puone, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (posthumously) 2005 Wim Botha, P J Sabbagha, Andile Yenana, Mpumelelo Grootboom 2006 Concord Nkabinde, Churchill Madikida, Hlengiwe Lushaba, Sylvaine Strike 2007 Acty Tang, Bronwen Forbay, Shanon Mowday, Pieter Hugo, Akin Omotoso 2008 Dada Masilo, Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko, Jaco Bouwer, Mark Fransman, Zanne Stapelberg 2009 Thabo Rapoo, Kesivan Naidoo, Nicholas Hlobo, Jacques Imbrailo, Ntshieng Mokgoro 2010 Mlu Zondi, Melanie Scholtz, Michael MacGarry, Samson Diamond, Janni Younge, Claire Angelique
About the Standard bank Young Artist Awards
The Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival to acknowledge emerging, relatively young South African artists who have displayed an outstanding talent in their artistic endeavours. These prestigious awards are presented annually to deserving artists in different disciplines, affording them national exposure and acclaim. Standard Bank took over the sponsorship of the awards in 1984 and presented Young Artist Awards in all the major arts disciplines over their 27-year sponsorship, as well as posthumous and special recognition awards. The winners feature on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and receive financial support for their Festival participation, as well as a cash prize.
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