International judges prepare to select final winners

The Africa Centre’s Spier Contemporary 2010 opens on 14 March 2010. The judges charged with selecting the final winners from over 132 art works will soon take up residence in Cape Town’s City Hall to begin their challenging task.

The Spier Contemporary 2010 judging panel is made up of three renowned international creative players. They are Mark Coetzee, who is Program Director of PUMAVision, Chief Curator of puma.creative and Cultural Specialist for the Zeitz Foundation; N’Goné Fall, who is an architect, independent curator, art critic and consultant in cultural engineering and RoseLee Goldberg, who is the founder and director of Performa (a New York-based arts organisation and acclaimed international performance arts biennale).

The judges will be making five awards, that are collectively worth R500 000. A sixth, Audience Choice Award, worth R100 000 will be made at the end of the Cape Town leg of the Exhibition once the audience has had their say. These grants to the artists are designed to stimulate and develop the progression of each artist’s career.  In addition to the judge’s awards, four artists in residencies programmes from Brazil, Netherlands, Korea and the USA will be selecting an additional seven artists to take up a residency in their respective programmes.

Andrew Putter, one of the winners of the Spier Contemporary 2007/08, says; “Winning has really changed my life. I was able to give up my teaching job and focus on my career as an artist. I was also given the information and resources that helped eliminate frustrating and unnecessary mistakes”

Kinetic sculptor, Justin Fiske was the winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2007/08 says. “The Spier Contemporary is a clever career development fund. It’s been a real business lesson for me having R100 000 to spend! I took off three ½ months to get some very important business development work done. It’s been a big stepping stone for my career”

The Spier Contemporary 2010 opens to the public on Sunday, 14th March 2010 at a refurbished City Hall in the heart of Cape Town. All artwork in the exhibition is for sale with the full retail amount going to the artist.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and is open daily from 10h00 – 18h00.  A fully-licensed café by Rotisserie 360 and a The Fringe Gallery Shop add to the experience.

The exhibition space also provides an ideal background and venue for functions, which can be booked through the Africa Centre on 021 422 0468.

For more information visit http://www.spiercontemporary2010 or call 0860 111458