Archive: Issue No. 85, September 2004

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Tollman Award for 2004

The second annual Tollman Award for the Visual Arts has been awarded to Mustafa Maluka. The award of R100 000 is always given to a young artist who has received critical recognition but is hampered by finances in realising his or her potential work. Maluka has recently returned to South Africa after spending several years in the Netherlands. The Tollman family seek to provide an opportunity for an artist to work towards an exhibition, study further or travel abroad. This considerable award is always presented in a low-key manner that speaks of a deep commitment to art without any consideration for promoting the donors. Rather it is aimed at making a difference in the recipient's life that will hopefully spell a new direction in his or her career.

Annually a committee draws up a short-list of artists and decide on the prizewinner after an interview with each of the artists. The committee comprises Victoria and Toni Tollman; Rochelle Keene, former director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery; Walter Oltmann, artist and lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand and Dr Michael Stevenson, an art dealer and art historian.