Judges for the Sanlam Portrait Award



Craig Wylie, Tanya Poole and Ernestine White will lead the panel to judge this year’s Sanlam Portrait Award, and it will be convened by Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam Private Wealth’s Art Advisory Service.  ‘We are extremely pleased with the caliber of judges we have attracted,’ says Stefan. ‘It is particularly pleasing that the panel comprises such experienced and knowledgeable individuals.

Left to right: Ernestine White, Tanya Poole and Craig Wylie

We are comfortable that the judges’ views will be independent.’ The award celebrates the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, in partnership with Durbanville’s Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, it offers a prize of R100 000 and a viewers’ choice prize.

Craig Wylie graduated from Rhodes University, Grahamstown in 1996. He is a well known figurative painter and has had solo and group shows in the UK and internationally.  His work features in many private and public collections including the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.  He won the BP Portrait Award in the UK in 2008. Wylie lives and works in London.

Tanya Poole graduated with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Rhodes University in 1988. Primarily a portrait artist, she has also worked with video, performance, installation, theatre design and paint animation. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions nationally and abroad and has been a lecturer atRhodes University in Grahamstown since 2009.

Ernestine White obtained a Bachelors in Fine Art at the School of Art and Design, Purchase College, NY in 1999 and an MFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2000. She is the curator for contemporary art at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. She is a renowned artist whose work is represented in local and international collections including the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection

Entries open on 13 July 2015 – the closing date is 23 July 2015. The name of the winner will be announced at a gala event to be held at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery on 27 August 2015.

– Stefan Hundt (Curator: Sanlam Art Collection)


For more competition details and entry form, go to: http://www.rust-en-vrede.com/competitions/