Competition boosts local artists

The victorious Mpho Makhubo (centre) with his trophy flanked by Ekurhuleni’s manager of visual arts and crafts Micha Hannekom (left) and the owner of the Lizamore Gallery, Teresa Lizamore. Makhubo pocketed the R60 000 first prize in the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition hosted by the metro.

Emerging artists from across Ekurhuleni stole the show at this year’s Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition, taking a big slice of the total R160 000 in prize money.

With over 300 artworks submitted for this year’s competition, Mpho Makhubo from Tsakane came up tops pocketing the first prize of R60 000 for his work titled “Road Signs” done using medium pastel and acrylic on paper.

Sandile Nzuza from Daveyton bagged the prestigious Ekurhuleni Prize for the work “Untitled 2/2”.

The Lizamore and Associates Mentorship Programme Winner award went to Alex Msibi from Germiston for the artwork titled “Desiccated state of tranquility” compiled using oil and canvas.

The elated Makhubo expressed his excitement and gratitude to the metro upon being announced the winner.

“I am very grateful for this recognition afforded to me by the City of Ekurhuleni, with this prize money I will be able to purchase proper art material and continue to up-skill myself and young upcoming artists from my township,” he said.

Mpho Makhubo showcasing his winning art works to the art lovers who visited the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre during the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition, last Saturday.

Mpho Makhubo showcasing his winning art works to the art lovers who visited the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre during the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition, last Saturday.

Ekurhuleni’s member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for sports, recreation, arts and culture, Clr Dora Mlambo, commended the artists for rising to the challenge and raising the bar for this year’s competition.

“As the City of Ekurhuleni we thrive on these awards to put us on the map as the hub of grooming and appreciating creativity in fine arts.

“It is very pleasing to see the competition getting recognition from artists from across the country every year.

“The competition remains at the top of the metro’s agenda with the hope that this platform will open even bigger doors for artists,” said Mlambo.

 

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