Emma Smith Awards at Durban Institute of Technology
by Carol Brown
Annually the Emma Smith Award, a sum of R25 000, is given to an outstanding candidate from a short-list compiled by all the Design Departments in Faculty of Art and Design at the Durban University of Technology. This year we had seven very talented competing participants from Fashion and Textile, Interior Design, Jewellery Design and Fine Arts.
The Scholarship was founded by the Hon. C. G. Smith in April 1920 in memory of his mother. Originally the object of the scholarship was to provide a sum of money to enable duly elected scholars to proceed overseas for further study. This restriction no longer applies and the scholarship has been extended to include a variety of purposes or projects proposed by the applying candidates, such as community-based workshops, further study in South Africa or on the African continent and or solo exhibitions.
The scholarship is intended to benefit a candidate who intends to become a visual artist, designer or art teacher, who has produced a body of work that displays competence and professionalism, and who during an interview shows confidence, maturity and a broader understanding of his/her work and its relevance to his/her field of study.
The nominees were:
Sarah Christine Lichkus
Jacqui-Lee Katherine Stephan
Tamyln Philippa Young
This year's winner was 4th year Fine Art student Tamlyn Young. Her exhibition was an installation where she had documented her life for a year using means such as gathering found objects, writing notes and cataloguing these in old catalogue drawers, mapping her journey along the floor and wall and using multi-media to create animations of her journey as well as mapping the path through Google Earth. She uses a small cut out figure to represent herself. The work is well situated within contemporary art practice and draws on similar models. Her attention to detail and obsessional dedication to the process is admirable. She is a worthy winner of this award which has been going for many years and which features on the CVs of many of the country's top artists.