The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, in partnership with Strauss & Co and Everard Read, are delighted to announce that the winner for the 2018 Cassirer Welz Award is Richard Specs Ndimande.
Since its inception this award has seen the winners launch their careers and really start making a name for themselves within the South Africa art market
Now in its sixth year, The Cassirer Welz Award has given emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a broader audience. The award acknowledges artists specialising in sculpture, drawing and painting with an opportunity of a ten-week residency at The Bag Factory‘s studios. The winners’ interaction with the Bag Factory resident artists, through the exchange of ideas, mentorship and skills development provides the artist with a chance for substantial creative and professional growth. The selected winner’s work will be exhibited during the First Thursday’s programme in Feb 2018 at the Everard Read Gallery.
“Strauss & Co is delighted to sponsor this annual award. We, as a company, have a strong undertaking to invest in young talent and our commitment to future artists presents a concrete opportunity for growth and development. Since its inception this award has seen the winners launch their careers and really start making a name for themselves within the South Africa art market,” says Susie Goodman, General Manager, Strauss & Co Johannesburg.
The award celebrates the lives of the late Reinhold Cassirer who was a renowned art dealer and Stephan Welz, the late art auctioneer and founder of Strauss & Co. This prestigious award has helped create and shape the lives and careers of artists such as Blessing Ngobeni and Tshepo Mosopa.
The nominated finalists for 2018 were: Alex Nkululeko Msibi, Chris Soal, Mbali Dhlamini, Neo Mahlangu, Richard Specs Ndimande.
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