A New Art Award Identifies and Celebrates Women in South Africa

ANNA and Latitudes, two female-centric South African brands, have joined forces to create an exciting art award. The aim of the award is to discover, recognise and nurture a new generation of women in South Africa.

For Juanita KotzĂ©, Creative Director of ANNA – Pure Organic Pads and liners – South Africa’s first locally produced, environmentally friendly sanitary ranger, the launch of this award is the next step in ANNA’s mission to embolden and empower women. ‘ANNA is about liberation, belonging, sustainability and truth, and I can’t think of a better way to share and express this ethos than through the creation and celebration go art.’

Lucy MacGarry, co-founder of Latitudes, the fastest-growing online platform dedicated to art from Africa, explains that the ANNA Award celebrates women artists who show extraordinary originality, imagination and dedication in their creative careers. “The ANNA Awards is designed to give space to women’s stories through the medium of visual art, and we’re looking forward to the award becoming an important annual event in the world of contemporary art on the continent,” she adds.

Both ANNA and Latitudes believe the ANNA Award should be as inclusive as possible. As such, no formal art training is required in order to apply, there are no age restrictions for applicants, and the competition is open to women artists in any medium., 12 finalists will be selected, and the submissions will be reviewed by the ANNA selection committee:

Makgati Molebatsi – Arts advisor, Curator and Senior Art Specialist, Aspire Art Auctions

Refiloe Mpakanyane – Weekend breakfast host, 702

Candice Chirp – menstruation activist, speaker, and academic

Marianne Fassler – Fashion designer, Leopard Frock

Jo-Ann Strauss – South African model, public speaker and businesswoman

Nina Carew – Curator, Latitudes

The winner will receive a R100,000 cash prize from ANNA, a month residency at PLAAS #inplaasvan in Franschoek, South Africa, a profile on Latitudes Online, and a year’s supply of ANNA products. Their winning artwork will be included in the ANNA Awards Collection. What’s more, the 12 finalists will be presented to the Latitudes audience, who will vote for an Audience Award Winner. Applications are open from 2 March until 24 June 2022. The 12 finalists will be announced in July, and the winner on Women’s Day, 9 August 2022.

Read more here, and apply here.

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