The winners of the Spier Contemporary 2010 Competition were announced at the launch of the art biennale at its City Hall venue on 13 March 2010 in Cape Town.
The prizes awarded consist of a combination of five cash prizes, worth R500 000 in total, selected by the judging team and seven international artist-in-residency prizes made by the individual residency programmes. In addition, a ‘People’s Choice’ Award (based on votes by those visiting the Exhibition) will be given at the end of the Cape Town leg of the Exhibition.
The cash prize winners are (in no particular order):
Araminta de Clermont – (photography)
Dave Robertson – (photography)
Jessica Gregory & Zen Marie – (video installation)
Christopher Swift – (mixed media)
Hasan and Husain Essop – (photography)
The Artist-in-Residency Awards were awarded as follows:
Gyeonggi Creation Center – South Korea (two awards provided)- Lindi Arbi and Mohau Modisakeng
The Instituto Sacatar and the Sacatar Foundation on the Island of Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil (two awards provided) – Sicelo Ziqubu and Jacki McInnes
18th Street Arts Centre in Los Angeles, California, USA – Mlu Zondi
Thamdigi Foundation Prize in Arnhem, Netherlands (two awards provided) – Angela De Jesus and Johann van der Schijff
The judges; N’Goné Fall, RoseLee Goldberg and Mark Coetzee flew in from their respective international bases to deliberate over the work in the week leading up to the launch of the Exhibition. Their choices reflect the high standard of new media works submitted to the 2010 competition. The judges were not given any specific criteria to assist them in their choices.
The artist-in-residency awards were chosen by representatives of the organisations awarding the residencies and their choices are informed by diverse influences. Each award affords the winning artist an excellent opportunity to simply be artists in a new and stimulating environment, whilst also developing invaluable connections.
By nature of its content as a contemporary art exhibition, the Spier Contemporary 2010 reflects South African life in all its forms. Strong themes, which emerged from the work, include a search for identity, examination of the state, lack of faith in our leadership, FIFA World Cup representation and interpretations of urban landscapes.
The Africa Centre, which developed the Exhibition, is conscious of the need to engage with a wider audience for art. To this end, the Spier Contemporary 2010 is housed at the Cape Town City Hall; close to commuter routes and in the midst of a retail, office and residential mix that is also a primary port of call for tourists. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open from 10h00 till 18h00 seven days a week. A café and shop will also share the premises. The Spier Contemporary 2010 is also expecting to host 3,500 school learners at the Exhibition in partnership with the Ibhabhathane Project, funded by a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
The Spier Contemporary opens to the public at 10h00 on Sunday, 14th March 2010.