Triennial winners rock the boat
Findano Shikonda is the Best Artist in this year’s Bank Windhoek Triennial arts competition which started last week. The opening and prize-giving ceremony of the Triennial took place on 5 September 2014 at the National Art Gallery. Over 440 artists submitted their work for this prestigious competition organised by the National Art Gallery.
Judging of the artworks, took place during August. It took the five judges, Dr Napandulwe Shiweda, Mr Samuel Sheyanena, Mr Hercules Viljoen, Ms Luness Mpunwa, and Mr Chikonzera Chazunguza, a few days to go through the numerous applications and artworks.
“It seems as if the quality of artworks improved. This obviously makes the work of the judges harder, but it is a delight to see the innovative and creative artwork” said Ms Mpunwa, Senior Curator at National Art Gallery.
“The National Art Gallery is extremely proud to be associated with Bank Windhoek in this important partnership, which was established in 2008. The Bank Windhoek Triennial 2014 is the 3rd successive event of its kind held at the National Art Gallery,” said Hercules Viljoen, Director of the NAGN.
The winners are the following artists:
Overall Best Artist and most promising young artist, Findano Shikonda.
Two-Dimensional, Isai Aindongo.
Three-Dimensional, Ndasuunje Shikongeni.
Digital, Trudi Dicks. Curio & Craft (textile, pottery, basketry, utensils, product development, jewellery), Elizabeth Modise.
Judges Special Mention, Paul Kiddo.
Lifetime Achievement: Visual Arts, Francois de Necker, Curio & Craft, Sarie Maritz, Curio & Craft, Rauna Mukwiilongo.
A first, second and third prize were awarded in each of the four categories, while a number of merit prizes and special mentions for further outstanding entries were also awarded.