Beautiful, interesting and thought-provoking artwork was seen from artists across South Africa at the 31st annual Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards hosted in Birchleigh last week Saturday.

Named after murdered resistance artist Thamasanqa Mnyele, who believed art has a social responsibility and can be a voice for people, this flagship project of the City of Ekurhuleni gives a platform to artists to reflect the world in which they live.

A total of 446 entries were received for this national competition.

Judges, who had the difficult task of choosing only one winner for the eight prizes, included Avitha Sooful (artist and lecturer at the University of Pretoria), Muntu Vilakazi (last year’s first prize winner), Lekgetho Makola (professional photographer), Sara Hallat (arts administrator) and Nkululeko Khumalo (artist and lecturer at Vaal University of Technology). Read more