Winning Art Works embark on National Tour

Fresh from its successful stint in Cape Town, part of the Spier Contemporary 2010 Exhibition opened for art in Port Elizabeth from 17th June to 17th July 2010 at the Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts on Bird Street. This was the first stop of the Spier Contemporary 2010 Winners Tour, which will see the work of the 13 award winners shown across the country. The next exhibition stop was Durban, and then onto Potchefstroom to be part of the Aardklop Festival. The exhibition is still to open in Polokwane in the first week of November.

The Winners’ Tour Exhibition presents the artworks of the prize winners that were drawn from the 132 pieces originally selected for the Spier Contemporary 2010.  Five awards of  R100 000 for career development were made by an independent judging panel.  A further cash award was made by  the people of Cape Town (Audience Choice) and another seven artists won prestigious international artist-in-residency awards.

The Africa Centre, the organisation that presents the Spier Contemporary, are delighted that people across the country will be able to see this interesting perspective on South Africa’s contemporary art. Says Africa Centre Director, Tanner Methvin, “Moving the entire exhibition is a costly exercise. This abridged version is an exciting step that allows us to achieve our intention of sharing the Spier Contemporary 2010 with as many people in South Africa as possible.”

20,000 people saw the full Spier Contemporary 2010 Exhibition during its two-month tenure at the Cape Town City Hall.

The Spier Contemporary 2010 Exhibition represents the present mood of South Africa as it is perceived by the country’s artists. This ‘state of the nation’, is what visitors to the exhibition will experience.

The Spier Contemporary’s two-year cycle is quite unlike that of any other art competition and exhibition in South Africa. The initial submission phase of the project involved a national call to entry, a curatorial internship training programme and a series of workshops (designed to assist artists across various genres). This initial phase is as much a part of the project as the final exhibition and winner’s awards. With very little barrier to entry, the competition is truly open to all artists and, for those that are selected, it is a career-boosting endorsement. The final exhibition featured 132 artworks chosen by a five-strong curatorial team from the over 2 700 artworks submitted in October 2009 by artists across the country.

The Spier Contemporary 2010’s Career Advancement prize winners included Araminta de Clermont, Hasan and Husain Essop, Dave Robertson, Jessica Gregory and Zen Marie and Christopher Swift.

The Artist-in-Residency Awards went to Lindi Arbi, Mohau Modisakeng Sicelo Ziqubu, Jacki McInnes Mlu Zondi, Angela De Jesus and Johann van der Schijff.

The Audience Choice Award was won jointly by Jannine Allen and Rudolph Tshie.

Tour Dates and Venue:
Port Elizabeth
EPSAC Gallery, Bird Street
17 June – 17 July 2010

North West University, Sanlam Auditorium Foyer
27 September – 2 October 2010

Polokwane Art Gallery
November – December 2010