The Art competition will serve as a vehicle to raise funds for the Comrades Marathon Amabeadibeadi charity campaign, as well as provide KZN artists a platform to showcase their talents and creative abilities on an international stage.
The competition will have 3 categories for entrants, namely Schools Grade 10 – 12, Amateur and Professional artists may enter. All art mediums will be accepted, (drawings, paintings, sculptures, crafts, etc). The main criteria for judging will be that all art work must follow the Comrades 2010 theme, “Join the Legacy.” Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of Members from Comrades Marathon Association and The Department of Arts & Culture.
The judging panel will select the top 30 pieces, which from these works, five finalists will be selected in each category and these will be on public display at the Comrades Bonitas Expo, from 27 – 29 May 2010. The winner from each category will be announced at the Expo on 28 May at 15H00. Following the announcement of the winners in each category, the 3 winner’s artworks will be available for purchase through an auction to the highest bidder. The funds raised will be for that of the artist and the Amabeadibeadi Charity campaign.
The CMA and Department of Arts & Culture have made available R15 000 prize money, and this will be divided equally to each winner per category, therefore R5 000 per category.
The finalists from the top 30 art works (excluding the winners) will be displayed on the Comrades web site, www.comrades.com, and will be available for purchase through an online bidding system from 1 June 2010 – 30 June 2010, whereby the successful bidders will be notified by the CMA.
Sian Theron, CMA Museum Curator, stated that “the Art Competition initiative is a valuable opportunity for artists to gain excellent exposure through a completely new environment to what is normally available to artists, whilst also raising awareness of the Comrades Marathons 85th Anniversary celebrations through art. Secondly to offer the opportunity to local KZN artists to get involved with the Amabeadibeadi charity campaign, where the CMA is supporting, and raising funds for the five official charities in 2010, these being The Pink Ribbon, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Community Chest PMB & DBN, Starfish, and the Sports Trust.”
“The CMA has always played a major part in CSI, and Social responsibility campaigns not only in Kwazulu Natal but across South Africa over the years, raising millions of rands for the less fortunate and the underprivileged, and it gives me, and the CMA great pleasure to be able to be part of this tremendous initiative, with the Department of Arts & Culture. To be able to expose the Comrades brand through additional avenues otherwise not traditionally made use of is fantastic, but likewise to offer the Comrades platform to artists who on an ongoing basis have extremely limited avenues and opportunities to display and expose their works, is wonderful,” said Dave Dixon, CMA Chairman
Entries are to be submitted to Comrades House, 18 Connaught road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3200, by no later than 30 April 2010. No late entries will be accepted. Submission of entry and artwork is free of charge.
This competition is only open for KZN grade 10 – 12 pupils and KZN based artists!!!!
Please click on the link to the right to download the Entry form.