The Bag Factory is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 David Koloane Award. Congratulations to Lwando Dlamini, from the Western Cape and Phemo Matlhaba from the North West Province. These young and talented artists will be working with Bag Factory mentors Pat Mautloa and Bev Butkow for a period of 8 weeks and will have the opportunity to work alongside well known artists such as Dr David Koloane, Phumulani Ntuli, Asuka Nirasawa, Diana Hyslop and Usha Seejarim to create new works which will be exhibited at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair.
The annual David Koloane Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of artist, curator and writer, Dr David Koloane, one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.
Phemo Matlhabe is partly a self-taught artist, with a unique ability to assimilate information through observation. He was raised in a village outside Rustenburg in the North West Province, South Africa. As a young child he enjoyed sculpting herds of cattle out of clay from the dam near his home. He went on to study at the University of Johannesburg. Matlhabe’s works have been exhibited at the Klerksdorp Museum, Molly Art Gallery, Alice Art, and his portraits have been highlighted in the Old Mutual Business Magazine. Recently he has also produced a calendar for Brainstorm Magazine and created two portraits made out of old computer parts for the computer company Experien’ to create awareness around recycling.
Lwando Dlamini is a visual artist who was born in Cape Town and is currently based in Johannesburg. He graduated in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse School of Art in the year of 2017. Dlamini is fascinated with the pigment of oil paints and mixed media, on the sensibility of the human body, crippled township living, the injustice of police brutality and society as a whole, and stitching together these subject matters, in essence, to bring awareness about the broken body. These topics stem from his personal struggle with illness, violent bodily harm and near-death experiences.
Dlamini has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Thuphelo group exhibition at the University of Stellenbosch Gallery, the drawing workshop at Greatmore Artists’ Studios, and he was also part of the exhibition at Untitled Gallery in Harrington Street, Cape Town. Between 2016 and 2017, he gained insightful experience as an artist by working as a studio assistant to Lynette Bester, Liza Grobler, Simphiwe Ndzube and Kemang Wa Lehulere. Dlamini was also the photographer and chaperone for Italian artist in residence, Valentina Colella at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in association with Everard Read and the Centro di Luigi Sarro. He moved to Johannesburg in 2018 to attend the Artist Career Boot Camp (ACBC), presented by Art Source South Africa in association with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, which concluded in a group exhibition at the Bag Factory in May 2018