Archive: Issue No. 76, December 2003

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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith Standard Bank Young Artist for 2004

Kathryn Smith has been selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist of 2004, in the category visual arts. The announcement was made at a rather low-key function held at Merely Mortal, an art, design and d�cor gallery situated in Craighall Park.

Smith is a well-known independent artist, curator and critic based in Johannesburg, and also one-third of the arts consultancy The Trinity Session. Her nomination has caused some excitement in the art community, who for a long time now have been led to believe the appellation young artist means a mid-career artist in their thirties. Durban born Smith is still in her late twenties.

In response to a query from ArtThrob about the adjudicating panel and their judging criteria, Gilly Hemphill, speaking on behalf of the National Arts Festival stated: "The award is made by the Festival Committee and obviously sponsored by Standard Bank. Committee members discuss any submissions made by the public and also with various people around the country who are experts in the various disciplines".

Hemphill further commented: "There are some networks in place and regular people enter the discussions. They do this confidentially and we do not give out the names of the individual people who assist, advise and propose".

Other arts practitioners were also awarded accolades in their respective categories: Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu for Drama, Portia Lebohang Mashigo for Dance and Tutu Puoane for Music. The jazz musician Moses Taiwa Molelekwa received a posthumous award for Music.

Founded in 1981 by the National Arts Festival Committee, the Young Artist Awards for Drama, Dance, Music, and Fine Art function as a separate component of the main Festival programme. The winners each receive substantial backing for their Festival participation, be it the mounting of an exhibition or the staging of a production as well as a cash prize.