Archive: Issue No. 108, August 2006

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2006 L'Atelier Award for Capetonian Ruth Sacks

Cape Town-based artist Ruth Sacks, 29, was last month awarded the 2006 Absa L'Atelier. Nomusa Makhubu, 22, from East London won Absa's Gerard Sekoto award for the most promising artist.

The prize for both artists includes a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Four merit award winners each receive R20 000: Nthani Lüneburg, Riason Naidoo, Anet Norval and James Webb.

The finalists were selected from about 750 entrants, of which 101 were chosen for a final exhibition. Cecile Loedolff, head of art at ABSA, said the competition provided 'rich, fertile ground for finding South Africa's youngest talent'. Previous winners include Barend de Wet, Virginia Mackenny, Sanell Aggenbach and Conrad Botes.