Legends and rising stars entertain at ACT Awards

In celebration of their 17th Annual Awards and 20th Anniversary, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity and hosted by Sun International, is giving audiences, artists and entertainers alike a ceremony to remember.

The event kicks off with Altovise Lawrence as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Guests can look forward to last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for Music, Madosini, performing her iconic South African songs and previous ACT and Nedbank Scholarship recipient and local gem Gloria Bosman’s musical genius; Conductor and musician, Kutlwano Masote takes on the role of Musical Director for the event, joined by previous ImpACT Award winner for Music, Cameron Andrews, among other top musicians.

Being the 20th Anniversary of ACT and the Nedbank’s Arts Affinity, this year’s ceremony is nothing short of a red carpet event. The Awards will be presented by celebrities Kgomotso Christopher from Isidingo, Nolo Phiri from Rythm City, and industry gurus such as Jacques Bessenger, Gcina Mhlope, Welcome Msomi and Rosemary Mangope.

Adding to the prestige, ACT has asked previous Visual Art ImpACT Award and other ACT grant recipients to create artwork portraits, and will be exhibiting them at the Awards ceremony. “This emotionally motivated exhibition is an attempt to honour, in spirit, previous ACT Lifetime Achievement Award winners who are no longer with us. We were moved by the overwhelming positive response and are extremely grateful to previous ImpACT Award winners for Visual Art and other ACT grant recipients who have undertaken to create portraits or other works of art inspired by eight previous Lifetime Award winners,” says Pieter Jacobs CEO of ACT.

Artists who will be exhibiting are Blessing Ngobeni, Bambo Sibiya, Alphabet Zoo, Musa Nxumalo, Cassandra Wilmot and Zwelethu Machepha. Bevan de Wet and Adelheid von Maltitz, Nicole Munro and Lana Coetzee Combrinck have created a collaborative piece.

Other performers and entertainment include afro-fusion contemporary dance company Moving into Dance Mophatong; cabaret artist and musical theatre diva Kate Normington, Kyla Davis’ Well Worn Theatre Company and performances by learners from National School of the Arts.

Rising stars and previous ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships recipients Kamogelo Nche, Arlin Bantam, Chantél Evans and Tankiso Mamabolo, will be showcasing their talents as part of the night’s entertainment line-up.

For the past 20 years the Arts & Culture Trust has been dedicated to supporting arts, culture and heritage in South Africa through a variety of programmes and platforms. It is the oldest funding and development agency in democratic South Africa and was established to secure resources for the arts to project the needs and role of the arts sector into the public domain. It is for this reason that ACT has asked these entertainers and artists, all of whom have been supported by or affiliated with ACT in their careers, to be part of the evening’s regalia.

The 2014 ACT Awards ceremony is sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity, hosted by Sun International and presented in association with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), Media24 Books, ClassicFeel Magazine and is supported by the Distell Foundation and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA).



Artists Exhibition for ACT 20th Anniversary and 17th Awards Ceremony

Alphabet Zoo

Alphabet Zoo is a duo of young Johannesburg-based printmaking artists that formed a street-culture zine that invites collaboration from other young talented artists, illustrators, publishers and designers. Alphabet Zoo is made of two artists Minekulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale. Ngoyi and Zavale both studied at Artist Proof Studio and have been exhibiting independent projects and in group shows for the past four years, including: Grolsch CANVAS at Infecting The City, Johannesburg Street at MOAD, AKA-Exhibition at Goethe On Main and At Home at Ithuba Gallery to name a few. They work from their studio in Newtown and are involved with running the newly opened print studio Prints on Paper.



Bambo Sibiya

Bambo Sibiya completed a Design certificate at Benoni Technical College in 2005 and opened a small graphic design business with a friend, where they were able to purchase a computer to enable them to design logos and pamphlets for local entrepreneurs. Through support and encouragement from his teachers, and his determination to succeed, Sibiya was not only accepted as a student at the Artist Proof Studio but offered a full bursary for full time study, and the patronage of Clive H. Viveiros – Executive Director and founder of Pinpoint One Human Resources. In 2008, Sibiya was a finalist in the Ekurhuleni Art Award.  In 2009 and 2010 he was a semi-finalist in the Thami Mnyele Award, receiving a Merit Award and in 2011 he was in the top ten of this competition. In 2012 he was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier top ten awards and the winner of the prestigious Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award which provided him a three month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013. His recognition in 2013 at the Arts & Culture Trust Awards further helped bring him to prominence in the Johannesburg art community as one of the most promising emerging artists. His work is being bought by private collectors and public curators. His skill and virtuosity and deeply felt empathy and engagement with community challenges, places this young artist on the threshold of a bright future. He currently has a solo exhibition on at the Absa Gallery until the end of January 2015, where after it will travel through the Alliance Francaise network throughout South Africa.


Zwelethu Machepha

Zwelethu Machepha was born in Soweto in 1990. After completing his matric at Bracken High in Alberton, he joined art classes at the Johannesburg Central Library, taught by Petru Viljoen and Blessing Ngobeni. In the same year he held his first group show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In 2010, he joined Artist Proof Studio, where he participated in exhibitions such as Legends of Culture at Arts on Main (12 Decades), and a group show entitled Active Citizenship-A journey through Screen Printing. In 2012 he was involved in the Coming of Age Exhibition, under Emerging Impressions curated by Tiffany Mentoor at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as a show in Braamfontein at Velo entitled BUY:POP. Machepha has featured in various other projects such as the ABSA L’Atelier viral video Hypnosis. He has also been invited to exhibit at Sibisi Gallery in Melrose Arch and the Sharon Simpson annual printmaking show. Machepha has completed his four year printmaking course at Artist Proof Studio where he was a Screen print technician and a facilitator printing works of artists such as William Kentridge, Nelson Makamo, Bevan de Wet, Stephan Erusmus, Bambo Sibiya, Faith 47 and Anti Est. He currently practices art full time at Assemblage Studios.


Musa N. Nxumalo

Musa N. Nxumalo is a photographer and artist who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. His photographs explore youth, culture, identity and the journey to self-discovery. Nxumalo completed the Foundation and Intermediate Courses at the Market Photography Workshop between 2006 and 2008 and has since participated in several workshops and master classes. Nxumalo has had three solo exhibitions and a range of group exhibitions both locally and internationally. His work continues to contribute to a larger discourse around the youth of Africa, their identity and culture. Nxumalo has won several awards including the 2010 ImpACT Award for Visual Art, Second Prize in the MTN CIT:Y Festival 2009 and the Edward Ruiz Mentorship in 2008.


Adelheid von Maltitz

Having completed her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Fine Arts at the University of the Free State – receiving a distinction for her sculptural installation in both degrees – Adelheid von Maltitz is currently reading for her PhD at the same institution, where she is also a junior lecturer in drawing and sculpture. She participated in the following exhibitions during 2014: Absa Atelier, Turbine Art Fair, Sasol New Signatures, Torings and Fine arts and affiliated artists (in Bloemfontein), and the Benneton small canvas project that is currently on exhibition in Italy. Her research is concerned with her anxiety towards road deaths in South Africa.


Nicole Munro

Nicole Munro was born in Aliwal North, a small Eastern Cape Town. She is currently a Visual Arts teacher at St Michaels High School for Girls in Bloemfontein, while reading for her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Free State. She has taken part in several group exhibitions since graduating with a BA Fine Arts in 2011 including 2052 Karoo – Fear and Loss which has been exhibited at the KKNK, National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and Oliewenhius Art Museum; the 100 Plates exhibition at the VryFees in Bloemfontein; and Prophecy exhibited at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. In 2011 she reached the final round of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.


Lana Coetzee Combrinck

Lana Coetzee Combrinck completed her BA Fine Arts degree in 2011 at the University of the Free State and is currently working on her MA Fine Arts degree at the same institution.  Her research is based in multi-media and interdisciplinary practice, in which she works with the human body and facial expressions that communicate in a visual way. Combrinck is also the curator of the Prophecy exhibition that formed part of the Fringe exhibition programme at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown during 2013, with an additional showing at Two by Two gallery in Newtown, Johannesburg. She is also exhibited as part of the 2012 instalments of the ABSA L’ Atelier and Sasol New Signatures (exhibitions/competitions), and the international Italy/South African 2014 Benetton catalogue and exhibition.


Cassandra Alexis Wilmot

Cassandra Alexis Wilmot was born and raised in Johannesburg, undertaking her studies in Fine Art at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she is currently reading towards a doctoral degree in Art History and is part of the Visual and Performing Arts of Africa research group (ViPAA). Wilmot specialised in the medium of printmaking.  Her graduate exhibition, titled Scan (2010), consisted of etchings and digitally manipulated photographs and photograms.  Wilmot’s Master of Fine Art submission included an exhibition, Coming Clean (2013), which was supported by the Arts & Culture Trust.  Wilmot has also participated in competitions such as the Absa L’Atelier where her work was selected and exhibited in 2010, 2011 and 2013 respectively.  She also recently took part in a group exhibition, Shimmering – Artists Unearth Light, at the Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate (2014). Wilmot curated the PPC Re- Imagining Concrete exhibition at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2012) and has facilitated several educational printmaking workshops. She has worked as a teaching assistant in the printmaking department at Rhodes University since 2011.  This has allowed her to pursue her practical interest in the medium of printmaking, which has in turn informed the scope of her current philosophical consideration of the medium which her doctoral research encompasses.


Blessing Ngobeni

Blessing Ngobeni was born in Tzaneen, Limpopo. He left Limpopo for Johannesburg at the age of ten, where he fell in with a bad crowd and was soon involved in crime. Five years later he was arrested for armed robbery and spent close to six years in prison. In prison, Ngobeni took stock of his life and action to correct its trajectory. He started studying towards a matric and was exposed to the Tsoga (Wake Up) Arts Project. With the help of warders and two particular friends who brought him art materials, he began to pursue his art seriously; using a range of found objects and waste materials, including magazine cuttings and found cardboard canvasses. He has since studied at Newtown’s Artist Proof Studio and has worked for David Krut Publishing at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. He has also worked at the Michaelis Art Library at the Johannesburg Central Library as head puppeteer, puppet show director and as a trainee cameraman at Red Pepper Pictures. He has exhibited in several group exhibitions, ranging from the Diepkloof Library to Johannesburg Central Library and Museum Africa. He was also the first prize and gold award winner at the Gala Ex-Offenders Awards and has exhibited in several group shows at Unity Gallery, including the Sanaa Africa Day exhibition at Moyo’s Zoo Lake. Ngobeni won an award at the Reinhold Cassirer Ward in 2012. In bestowing the award on Blessing, The Bag Factory had this to say about his work: “The most profound part of his application is the work itself. His paintings are filled with the irony of the cabaret, sporting the influences of Norman Catherine and Miró, while never forgetting his township roots.” He won an ImpACT Award for Visual Art in 2013.


Bevan de Wet

Bevan de Wet is an artist and printmaker based in Johannesburg. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art with distinction from Rhodes University; majoring in printmaking under the mentorship of Dominic Thorburn, Christine Dixie and Diane Victor. de Wet has since worked as a teacher and as a practicing artist, including being a collaborative printer at the David Krut Print Workshop, at the Artist Proof Studio as a professional printmaker, print technician and academic facilitator, and facilitating regular printmaking workshops at Sharon Sampson studio in Illovo. He has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally including a recent solo exhibition at NIROX Projects entitled Vestige (2014); TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa, North Carolina (2014); South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers, Washington Printmakers Gallery (2014); Multiplied Art Fair, Christies Auction House, London (2013) and Making Connections, Southern Graphics Conference International, Milwaukee (2013). In 2012 de Wet was awarded a fellowship from the Ampersand Foundation (New York 2013) and also received the Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award. He is a recent ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award Winner with the Sylt Foundation, granting him a two month residency on the Island of Sylt (Germany 2015). De Wet works primarily on paper, exploring various forms of printmaking including intaglio, relief, monotype and screenprinting.


About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

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About Nedbank Arts Affinity

The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (36 4663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za.


About Sun International

The Sun International Group has a diverse portfolio of assets including world class five star hotels, modern and well located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Our destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service. Our approach has been to differentiate our hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for our guests and customers is a core part of our DNA. We’ve created some the world’s most iconic hotels ranging from The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, to The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. We place a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through our contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment. We are committed to the development of all our employees and we make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of our human resource practices.


About the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)

DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers, which it then distributes back to the correct copyright-owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit www.dalro.co.za


About Media24 Books

Media24 Books is a division of Media24 and forms part of the Naspers group of companies. It comprises the trade publishers NB Publishers and Jonathan Ball Publishers, the schools publishing group Via Afrika Education, the higher education publisher Van Schaik Publishers and the book club business Leserskring/Leisure Books.


About Distell Foundation

Distell, one of South Africa’s premier producers of fine wines, spirits and ready to drink alcoholic beverages, has actively been supporting the arts for more than forty years. Ongoing support is given to a broad range of creative arts development projects that build economic growth, artistic talent, create jobs and enhances excellence in the sector. For more information please visit www.distell.co.za


About ClassicFeel Magazine

ClassicFeel Magazine is an award winning monthly arts and culture magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. The magazine is dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa. ClassicFeel Magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) Awards, as well as SAPPI PICA Award for excellence in publishing and the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award.


About Business and Arts South Africa NPC

Business and Arts South Africa is an internationally recognised development agency which incorporates the arts into, and contributes to, corporates’ commercial success. With a suite of integrated programmes, Business and Arts South Africa encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts in order to grow SHARED VALUE. Business and Arts South Africa was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative of government (Department of Arts and Culture) and the business sector, as a public/private partnership.

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