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2014 Gerard Sekoto Award Winner Announced

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Clockwise from left: Merit Winner Luyanda Zindela, Absa’s Art Curator Dr Paul Bayliss, Gerard Sekoto winner Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe, overall winner Liberty Battson, SANAVA President Dirkie Offringa, French Ambassador in South Africa H.E. Mrs Elisabeth Barbier and Bevan de Wet, 2nd merit winner credit Absa Art Gallery.

South Africa's most prestigious art award, the ABSA L’Atelier Art Awards pays homage to both established and emerging young local artists and their compelling artistic vision. The 2014 ABSA L’Atelier Award Winners were announced on 16 July 2014 at ABSA Gallery.

Pretoria’s Liberty Battson took the overall award and main prize for her diptych, Odds of an artist like me, while Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe from Thohoyandou was awarded the Gerard Sekoto Award for his video work, Press Accident. The two Merit Award winners were Johannesburg’s Bevan de Wet, who was awarded for his etching and relief entitled Decorus in Gryphus II, and Durban’s Luyanda Zindela, recognised for his photographic print Umkhumbi wakaMedusa.


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From left to right: Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe's Press Accident, Liberty Battson's Odds of an artist like me

Nekhavhambe was born in 1981. He holds a B. Tech (FA) and has participated in a number of curated exhibitions, including the Absa L’Atelier Exhibition in 2012 and 2013. He was a top 10 finalist in 2012. Watch his award winning video here.

As part of his prize, Nekhavhambe wins a three-month artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, allowing him to explore a new artistic scene and create an exhibition which will tour within the French cultural network in Southern Africa.

With the support of the French Institute of South Africa in collaboration with ABSA, SANAVA, the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French cultural network of Alliances Françaises in Southern Africa.

Previous Gerard Sekoto Award Winners include: 2013 Mongezi Ncaphayi, 2012 Bambo SIBIYA, 2011 Isabel MERTZ, 2010 Bongumenzi NGOBESE; 2009 Nyaniso LINDI; 2008 Retha FERGUSON; 2007 Nina BARNETT; 2006 Nomusa MAKHUBU; 2005 Lawrence LEMOANA; 2004 Billie ZANGEWA.

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