ACT Awards set to make an ImpACT

ACT - Arts and Culture Trust
10/20/2010 16:31:29

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards are held annually in recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity.

The 2010 ACT Awards is presented by the Vodacom Foundation, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and is supported by the Distell Foundation, Classicfeel Magazine and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).

“The aim of the ACT Awards has always been to celebrate and acknowledge excellence. The pursuit of excellence is in itself an admirable human activity and encouraging it is therefore noble. We are grateful to our sponsors who share our passion for acknowledgment and who, for the third year, allow ACT to acknowledge the lifelong commitment of three icons,” says Pieter Jacobs, General Manager of ACT.

The presentation of the prestigious ACT Lifetime Achievement awards is a major aspect of the ACT Awards. These awards honour arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage and whose lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of cultural life in South Africa.

Three 2010 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented: Visual Arts, sponsored by the Vodacom Foundation; Music, sponsored by SAMRO and Theatre, sponsored by DALRO.

In 2008, for the first time in the event’s history, three Lifetime Awards were presented. They went to industry veterans and luminaries: David Koloane (Visual Arts), Miriam Makeba (Music) and Lynette Marais (Theatre). In 2009 the honours for Visual Art went to David Goldblatt, for Theatre to John Kani and, for his lifetime contribution to music in South Africa, to Joseph Shabalala. Other past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Gibson Kente, Es’kia Mphalele, Sylvia Glasser, Sophie Mgcina, Esther Mahlangu and Ronnie Govender amongst others.

Adding a further dimension to the ACT Awards this year is the inauguration of the ImpACT Awards. These awards will be awarded specifically to young South Africans - they acknowledge young professional artists who have made a significant impact in the arts industry during the first three years of their professional careers. These awards are generously sponsored by the Distell Foundation.

While the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected at the discretion of the ACT Board of Trustees, the four young recipients of the Distell ImpACT Awards will be selected by an independent panel of judges, with the scores being audited by Quarter Master Financial Services.

The ImpACT panel of judges is made up of respected, independent professionals representing the academic and professional credibility that the Awards deserve and includes Anriette Chorn, currently manager of SAMRO’s Endowment for the National Arts. She holds a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Durban-Westville. Previously a lecturer and an arts administrator she worked with the Norwegian-South African Music funding programme and the British Council where she managed the Arts and Creative Industries portfolio; a dynamic communicator Christine Wiese, the founder and managing member of Brown Spice Boutique (Brown Spice) who brings to the panel a wealth of experience in the creative industries and other business/corporate environments; David Koloane, a previous ACT Lifetime Achievement Award winner (Visual Art 2008). Not only an artist but also an educator, a curator and a facilitator he started out in the sixties as an apprentice with the Polly Street group of artists; in the seventies he co-founded Johannesburg's first black art gallery; in July 1982 he was the visual arts co-ordinator of the Culture and Resistance Festival held in Botswana. He curated the South African component of an international retrospective of African art, ‘Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa’. More recently he co-founded the Bag Factory studio and gallery space in downtown Johannesburg; Jill Waterman, a past ACT Trustee, is lecturer and researcher at Wits School of Arts. She also spends time creating and implementing projects within the Arts non-profit sector, focusing on areas that explore mainly Dance/Physical Theatre studies and Art, Culture and Heritage Management; and lastly, freelance casting director Libé Ferreira, who brings to the panel her extensive experience as drama teacher, curriculum planner, casting director, television and film script writer and actress. It was as an actress that she was nominated for two Artes awards (for excellence in language dubbing). From 2002 to 2009 she worked as the permanent casting director, script writer and dialogue coach on Egoli at Franz Marx.

ImpACT awards will be presented to four recipients in each of the broad arts categories (with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each): Visual Art, where artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography are eligible; Theatre, where artists practicing the disciplines of Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre are eligible; Music and Singing where Classical, Contemporary and Jazz musicians and singers are eligible; and Design, where eligible artists work in the areas of Craft, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Web Design.

The recipients of the ACT Awards 2010 Lifetime Achievement Awards and the ImpACT Awards for young professionals will be announced at a luncheon at the Hyatt Hotel, Rosebank on 5 November 2010.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa's premier, independent arts and culture funding and development agency.


The Vodacom Foundation

The Foundation is Vodacom’s primary vehicle for implementing its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives. The Foundation’s contributions, primarily within the disciplines of Education and Health are focused on sustainable projects aimed at countering social deprivation.

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)

Established in 1962, with the key objective to protect the intellectual property of its composer, songwriter, and publisher members, the organisation’s primary focus is to administer the various music rights of Copyright on behalf of writer and publisher members. The collecting society, as it is known, is mainly concerned with the collection of license fees for the use of its members’ musical works by various music users, the distribution of royalties to these members, and the promotion of Copyright law. For more information, please visit

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)

DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society administering various aspects of copyright on behalf of authors and publishers. DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit

Distell Foundation

Distell one of South Africa’s premier producers of fine wines, spirits and ready to drink alcoholic beverages, has actively been supporting the arts for more than forty years. Ongoing support is given to a broad range of creative arts development projects that build economic growth, artistic talent, create jobs and enhances excellence in the sector.

For more information please visit


CLASSICFEEL is an award winning monthly arts, culture and lifestyle magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. Dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa the magazine speaks to a quality South African lifestyle for people with a love of the creative arts. With a clean, sophisticated design CLASSICFEEL prides itself on bringing a diverse spread of local and international arts and culture to its readers. The magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including an Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Award, as well as several PICA Awards for excellence in publishing and the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award.

Business and Arts South Africa

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates' commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, to secure the future development of the arts industry in South Africa, through increased corporate sector involvement. Established as a Section 21 company, Business and Arts South Africa is accountable to both government and its business members.

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