ABOUT THAMI MNYELE FINE ARTS AWARDS

The Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards (TMFAA) is a contemporary fine arts competition hosted and sponsored by the CoE under the auspices of the Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) Directorate of the Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) Department. The competition and awards seeks to inspire the passion that the late South African acclaimed resistance artist and activist Thamsanqa ‘Thami’ Mnyele had for art.


THE ADJUDICATION FOR 2021 ARE:

Sizwe Khoza - 2019 First Prize Winner
Molemo Moiloa Gapare - Artist and Curator
Colbert Mashile - Artist, Lecturer and Curator
Gordon Froud - Lecture, adjudicated provincial and national art competitions and an accomplished Curator and Artist
Aysha Waja - Independent Curator & Artist Mentor
Adjudication will take place on 1 - 3 September 2021
Adjudication will take place on 14 - 17 September 2021
Applicants will be informed of the Adjudication’s decisions between 5 - 9 September 2021
Applicants will be informed of the Adjudication’s decisions between 20 - 23 September 2021

THE FOLLOWING PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED

  1. First Prize : R 100 000.00
  2. Ekurhuleni Prize : R 60 000.00
  3. R10 000.00 Prize Money and Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Programme and Solo Exhibition (Prize sponsored by Lizamore & Associate Gallery)
  4. R10 000.00 Prize Money and August House Emerging Residency Artist Award (3-Months Artist Residency Programme)
  5. Honourable Mention : R10 000.00

ONLINE ENTRY AND SUBMISSION INTO THE COMPETITION

This competition endeavors to showcase the best of expressions of amateur and professional artists from South African who is over the age of 18 years old. The competition encourages submissions of artistic contemporary expressions in following media:

Paintings, Textile pieces, Sculptures and reliefs

Drawings (ink works, pastels, gouaches and watercolors).

Decorative art pieces, collages, ceramics

Digital art and photographs

Illustrations and graphical posters


SELECTED/ SHORTLISTED ARTIST


One hundred (100) artworks will be selected by the adjudicators for an online exhibition.
An online exhibition will be on display.
The prize winners will be announced online on Friday 23 September 2021 at 12pm.
The prize winners will be announced online on Friday 08 October 2021 at 12pm.