Sanlam Portrait Award: Judges Announcement

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Sanlam Private Wealth has announced a diverse panel of esteemed local and international judges for the biannual Sanlam Portrait Award . Launched in 2013, the competition gives artists a platform to showcase their work and a chance to win R100 000.  The 2016/2017 judges are: Peter Monkman, Nkule Mabaso and Carl Jeppe.

“The judges have each been chosen for their contribution to fine art in South Africa and abroad, and will analyse the entries using their unique skill set as artist, exhibitor, teacher or curator. These combined skills will ensure the entries are judged impartially,” says Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.

The competition attracts hundreds of exceptional entries and in 2015 John Pace walked away with the top prize of R100 000 for his portrait entitled After The Match. The competition entries are now open and the closing date for entries is 13 July 2017.

Would you be interested in chatting to Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection, about the upcoming competition, how artists can enter and how the winner is selected? Below is a media release with more information on each judge – please do let me know if you would be interested in sharing this with your readers.

Sanlam Portrait Award: Portraiture at its finest judged by the best

Cape Town, 1 February 2016: Sanlam Private Wealth has announced a diverse panel of esteemed judges for its prestigious biannual Sanlam Portrait Award. Launched in 2013 in partnership with the Rust-en-VredeGallery, the award celebrates and showcases the best of original portraiture in South Africa. This year’s judging panel will consist of Peter Monkman, Nkule Mabaso and Carl Jeppe. The closing date for entries is 13 July 2017.

“The judges have each been chosen for their contribution to fine art in South Africa and abroad, and will analyse the entries using their unique skill set as artist, exhibitor, teacher or curator. These combined skills will ensure the entries are judged impartially,” says Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.

“It is always of the utmost importance to Sanlam Private Wealth and the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery that the judges come from diverse segments of the art industry. We are very confident of our 2017 selection and can’t wait to see the winning portrait,” says Hundt.

The Sanlam Portrait Award continues to attract hundreds of exceptional entries each year. In 2015, Cape Town artist John Pace walked off with the top prize, R 100 000 for his portrait entitled After The Match (100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas).

Peter Monkman

This celebrated artist and teacher has exhibited internationally at the BP Portrait Award in the UK, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Thread needle Prize and more. As an art teacher and director of art at Charterhouse he is passionate about developing creative potential. He creates works using his own children as starting points, to represent ethereal visions of transformation and change. He is also a regular art competition judge – just a few of the many reasons he is a valued panel list for the 2017 Sanlam Portrait Award.

Nkule Mabaso

As one of South Africa’s most highly respected curators, Mabaso’s fine eye knows what aesthetic balances are needed for an artwork to truly stand out. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town and completed her Masters in Curating at the Zurich University of Arts. Since 2013 she has been curating highly successful exhibitions and organising public talks in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa, while her own artwork has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions.

 Carl Jeppe

Jeppe has spent more than 35 years sharing his intrinsic art fascination with students at the Tshwane University of Technology. He has been invited to present lectures and workshops at Michigan State University, and has had the privilege of visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts. His passion for teaching has not stopped him from creating his own masterpieces which have been showcased in several solo and group exhibitions.

What are the rules?

The competition is open to artists aged 18 years and older who are permanently resident in South Africa. Portraits entered should be based on a sitting, or study from life, and the human figure must predominate. No sculptures, photographs and works created using software or other digital means will be eligible.

To guarantee fairness in the judging process, each piece is judged anonymously. Artists are not permitted to sign or reveal their identity on the work submitted.

How to enter

For more information on the competition, entry forms and competition rules, visit www.sanlamportraitaward.co.za or www.rust-en-vrede.com or find a printed entry form in the February 2017 edition of SA Art Times.

Free shipping offered

The Rust-en-VredeGallery has once again arranged with Stuttaford Van Lines for drop-off points in the main centres in South Africa. Artists can bring their artworks to be wrapped and shipped free of charge. The entry form contains contact details for each drop-off point.

Image (right to left): Sanlam Portrait Awards 2017 Judges – Peter Monkman with his artwork, NkuleMabaso with her artwork, Carl Jeppe with his artwork

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