Winning BOM Talent Search artists announced

The winning artists in the Battle of Municipalities (BOM) Talent Search have been announced, with their paintings displayed at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery until October 22.

The two main categories were painting and mixed art; and pencil and charcoal drawings.

Lutho Mgijima and Jenna Wheatley were awarded the first and second prizes respectively for the painting/mixed art categories.

Khangelani Makasi received first prize in the pencil/charcoal category, and Beverley Bauer the second prize.

The talent search served as an opportunity for artists to express and re-imagine a better society free of the present social, political, environmental and economic struggles.

The central theme was hope – as an embodiment of what BOM stands for and envisions for the future.

Event organiser Sydney Qoqonga said the event was significant because it gave artists the chance to share their perspectives and help bring new views on many societal issues.

“The Eastern Cape is very rich in creative arts and there is a lot of talent that needs to be nourished and supported.

“We need many stakeholders, government and the private sector to come on board and help take the creative space further,” said Qoqonga.

“I strongly believe creative artists will be the ones who will bring change to many societal issues that we face today by addressing them through their art. They just need support,” he said.

All the artists were invited to take part in the Hope Art Exhibition at the East London ICC as part of the BOM Talent Search.

CREATIVE ARTS: Talented artists from various municipalities showcase their work at the recent Battle of Municipalities Talent Search. Picture: SUPPLIED


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