BASA Awards 2018 finalists announced

BASA - Business Arts South Africa
08/30/2018 08:52:36

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has announced the finalists of the 21st annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard.

Honouring businesses that are investing in an inclusive economy

Michelle Constant, Business and Arts South Africa CEO: “When corporate South Africa and the arts collaborate, the business of building legacy continues.”

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) has announced the finalists of the 21st annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard. The BASA Awards recognise the contributions of the business sector to the arts across all genres.

The announcement was made at a breakfast at Hollard’s Villa Arcadia head office campus in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

BASA chairperson Andre le Roux congratulated the finalists and thanked Hollard for its ongoing support of the arts in general and the BASA Awards specifically. This support, he said, enabled BASA to continue building the narrative between South African businesses and artists.

Hollard’s Chief Marketing Officer, Heidi Brauer said art is in Hollard’s blood. “This year’s theme of legacy and the idea that it is each generation’s duty to build and develop the next, resonates strongly with Hollard’s purpose, which is to enable more people to create and secure a better future. The building of warm, mutually respectful partnerships between businesses and artists enables artists to enjoy financial and promotional support, while businesses become better through embracing creativity.”

Hollard has been a BASA Awards partner since 2013 and brings enormous value to BASA’s work to integrate the creative sector into the mainstream economy of the land.

Legacy is the theme of the 20187 BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard. Finalist diversity showcases the vital role of arts-business partnerships in preserving and building inclusivity and heritage.

This is the 21st iteration of the awards, and this year’s entries have been incredibly competitive, said BASA judging panel chairperson Kojo Baffoe who has been a BASA Awards judge since 2012.

The judges treat each entry with the intensity and significance it deserves, he said. “It’s great that we’ve seen a steady growth in both quantity and quality of BASA Awards entries. It shows that business now sees the value of investing in creatives, and in the creative economy of the land.”

There are 30 finalists in 11 categories of the Awards. They encompass partnerships that include businesses from the construction, financial, tourism and hospitality, professional services, media and publishing, property, broadcast, information technology and education sectors.

Speaking about this year’s Legacy theme and the role arts-business partnerships play in artists’ lives, BASA CEO Michelle Constant said such partnerships become enablers for new market growth. Artists are empowered to take solid business principles on board, enabling them to build successful careers.

“BASA-facilitated partnerships further independent, reflective and critical social commentary. This keeps our nation growing and moving forward. It also drives economic growth that, in turn, benefits everybody.”


Beyond Borders Partnership Award
Absa Group Limited & the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) for the Absa L’Atelier
PPC Cement SA & National Gallery of Zimbabwe for the PPC Imaginarium Zimbabwe
Rand Merchant Bank & Assitej SA for the Cradle of Creativity

Cultural Tourism Award, Supported by Nedbank
PPC Cement SA & Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality for, The Owl House
Tollman Bouchard Finlayson (Pty) Ltd & Hermanus FynArts for the Hermanus FynArts 2017

Development Award
Standard Bank & Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) for All From One-Walking Tall
Benon Lutaaya & The Project Space for the Young Female Residency Award
Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers, ArtInsure, The Forum Company & Artist Proof Studio and Turbine Art Fair for the A Collector’s Passion, An Exhibition of Pierneef work and a collaboration with Artist Proof Studio, Student Project, Interpreting Pierneef
Rand Merchant Bank & Drama for Life for the 2017 Drama for Life Festival and Conversations (The Body Politic: Beyond Headlines, Heartlines and Hashtags)

First Time Sponsor Award
Aluminium Trading Group (Pty) Ltd & James Delaney for ringing the Wilds Park back to life with sculptures
BNP Paribas Group (including BNP Paribas Personal Finance SA & French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)) for Moliére’s Tartuffe
The Fulcrum Group & The Fordsburg Artists’ Studio t/a Bag Factory Artists’ Studios for the Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award

Increasing Access to the Arts Award
Rand Merchant Bank & Moving into Dance Mophatong for Enable Through Dance
Nedbank Limited & The Arts & Culture Trust for the ACT„ DALRO„ Nedbank Scholarship Programme
Spier Wine Farm & Spier Arts Trust for the Spier Artisan Studio Stellenbosch

Innovation Award
Instinctif Partners Africa & Rouge Entertainment for the Support Women in Hip Hop Campaign
Liberty Group & Design Indaba for the Arch for Arch project
Pop Art Studios (Pty) Ltd & Kiri Pink Nob (Pty) Ltd for the J.Bobs Live: A game show double bill

Long-Term Partnership Award
Eurocape Holdings (Pty) Ltd & Turn Style 177 t/a The Rainbow Academy (NPO) for The Rainbow Academy
Rand Merchant Bank & Drama for Life for the Mvuso Schools and Community Education Project
Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) & South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) for the 5th SAJE Jazz Festival
Strauss & Co and Fordsburg Artists’ Studios t/a Bag Factory Artists’ Studios for the Cassirer Welz Award

Media Sponsorship Award
DeskLink Media & Creative Feel magazine for the Creative Feel magazine and digital platform
Kaya FM & Vuyani Dance Theatre for the Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero
New Pan Hellenic Voice & Artsvark for the Arts Podcasts

Small Business Award
CN&CO in collaboration with Ann Roberts for the SA Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale
Lefika Computer CC & Mpumalanga Traditional Arts Market for the Mpumalanga Traditional Arts Market (MTAM)
Tshidaho Construction & LIGSAK Events and Consultant for the 5th Spar Annual Music Festival

Sponsorship In-Kind Award
Black Africa & Wits Art Museum (WAM) For the Warhol Unscreened Artworks from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection
Exclusive Books & The Market Theatre Foundation and The Coloured Cube for The Exclusive Books Pan African Reading Room and Pan African Reading Lounge at the Windybrow Arts Centre
Reed Exhibitions & Creative Business Cup for the Creative Business Cup South Africa Competition

Strategic Project Award
Aspire Art Auctions for the Artist’s Resale Rights (ARR) Project
Benon Lutaaya & The Project Space for the Young Female Residency Award
Mazars & French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) for Moliére’s Tartuffe
Bank of America Merrill Lynch & Wits Art Museum (WAM) for the Andy Warhol Unscreened

About BASA

Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency with a suite of integrated programmes implemented nationally and internationally. BASA encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, securing the future development of the arts sector in South Africa and contributing to corporate success through Shared Value. BASA was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of the Department of Arts and Culture and the business sector as a public/private partnership. For more information on BASA contact us on 011 447 2281 or visit our website: Account:
Teboho Sandamela
011 447 2295
072 063 9009
Business and Arts South Africa