Cape Town – Local fine artist, Marguerite Kirsten, has scooped top honours at the 2018 Absa L’Atelier awards, held at a special gala dinner in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

Now in its 33rd year, the prestigious annual awards recognises the talents of visual artists across Africa, and is one of the world’s most revered art competitions.

Each year, the competition provides young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad and further develop their careers and personal brands. This year’s competition included entries from 12 countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and Mozambique.

The 2018 competition saw Cape Town-born Kirsten fighting off stiff competition to win the overall Absa L’Atelier Award for her installation, Embodiment. Read more