14th Annual BASA Awards Art Exhibition
Last edited: August 23, 2011
Posted by Business and Arts South Africa
Award-winning artist Colbert Mashile has created the artworks to be presented to the winners of the 14th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, supported by Anglo American, which take place at the Glass House at Turbine Hall on Monday, August 29.
The prestigious BASA award ceremony â€“ which pays tribute to those businesses that are actively making a difference by sponsoring arts and culture events throughout the country â€“ will also feature a special appearance by Topthorn, one of the lifelike puppets in the award-winning production War Horse. Topthorn has been brought to Johannesburg thanks to RMB and the Legacy Group.
The function also features an art exhibition by Mashile and artists from Newtownâ€™s Artist Proof Studio and gives those attending the opportunity to â€œpay it forwardâ€ and support South Africaâ€™s arts community.
Winner of the Absa Lâ€™Atelier Art Awards merit prize in 2000, Colbert Mashile completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art in 2000 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Heritage Studies in 2002. Among his most recent works are several large, bright monotypes and a series of monochromatic linocuts at David Krut Print Workshop. Alongside his Sotho upbringing (including traumatic initiation rituals) which he often credits for pushing him into creating artworks, Mashile has also been inspired by the works of writers, most recently by JM Coetzee's novel The Life & Times of Michael K.
The Artist Proof Studio artists exhibiting at the exhibition and whose work will be for sale are Elza Botha, Sandile Goje, Phillemon Hlungwani, Motsamai Thabane, Dikgwele Paul Molete, Joel Mpha Dooh, Walter Oltmann and Diane Victor. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of prints on the evening of the awards will be used for a bursary at Artist Proof Studio.
The BASA Awards ceremony will also feature performances by the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for jazz Bokani Dyer and The Soil, a cutting edge a cappella group from Soweto. Pianist Dyer graduated from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) first class and has played at various festivals including the upcoming Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. The Soil comprises brothers Luphindo and Ntsika Fana Ngxanga and Buhlebendalo Mda. The group, which have just launched their self-titled debut album, describe their music as kasi soul.
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Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) is an internationally recognised South African development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates' commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government and the business sector, to secure the future development of the arts industry in South Africa, through increased corporate sector involvement. Established as a Section 21 company, Business and Arts South Africa is accountable to both government and its business members.
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