Leonora van Staden wins the Vuleka Art Competition
This year's national Vuleka Art Competition has drawn almost 300 pieces from far and wide, with a selection of 78 currently on display in the Art.b Gallery in Bellville. Vuleka (the isiXhosa word for 'open') is hosted annually by The Arts Association of Bellville (Art.b) in conjunction with the financial services group Sanlam. It is open to artists (18 years and older) who have not had a solo exhibition during the preceding three years.
Judged best artwork overall in this year's competition was the acrylic on canvas The Kitchen by Leonora van Staden from Stellenbosch (ex Roodepoort) and this has won her a windfall of R7 000 and a return flight to Paris, France.
Van Staden, who obtained her Master's degree in art at Stellenbosch and currently works as a freelance designer there, is also the winner of the category prize for paintings in oil, watercolour or acrylic. Van Staden has previously published her illustrations in the comic strip magazine Stripshow.
The other two category prizes were awarded to:
� Mvika (Frederic) Ndangi from Brooklyn, Cape Town for his ceramic African Table and Chair (three-dimensional works; ceramics included) - for the second year running; and
� Zolile Majebe from Nyanga for Sons and Lovers in mixed media, in the third category, works in any other medium, including photography.
According to Maxie Oosthuizen, co-ordinator of exhibitions at the Art.b Gallery, the competition is aimed at encouraging creativity, innovation and adventurous art from all cultures and they are extremely happy with the response this year. She welcomes in particular the increase in and quality of photographic work entered, but hopes that more work in ceramic and other three-dimensional pieces will be entered next year.
The exhibition will run until October 17.