Corner Bertha and Stiemens Street
18:00 - 20:00
The Point of Order (TPO) is an on-going project implemented by the Division of Visual Arts (DIVA) that functions as an experimental project space managed under the auspices of the exhibitions programme of the Division at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA).
Located beyond the boom, just outside the University grounds, TPO allows for the engagement of works/projects being made at DIVA in a publically accessible exhibition space. The programme covers student or staff led initiatives, and hosts residents, exhibitions, events and project exchanges with local and international individuals and institutions, with a focus on emerging artists from the postgraduate Fine Arts programme as well as upcoming undergraduate students within the DIVA.
Over the past years, the annual Martienssen Prize was awarded to honour artistic excellence produced by senior Wits Fine Art students. The award saw an accelerated shift in its structure in recent years, taking place at various locations, including Museum Africa in Newtown and the Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein.
Since its return to Braamfontein in 2011, the Wits Young Artist Award has positioned itself as an important contributor to the area’s growing cultural hub. Our position is that which also challenges the notion of “artistic excellence”, especially from within a cultural hub that has attracted artists, commercial art galleries, and various other cultural institutions. In 2019, the curatorial concept posed to the group was Possible Pasts, Shadowy Beauties, Subversive Futurities. The young artists were asked to respond to the subversive potential of aesthetics: the art object as a shadow of the ‘real, present, concrete’; the enduring moment of human interaction and intimacies and how this is harnessed in art; the will to create; outlining past, present and future possibilities; visualities as disruption and as life-affirming – as us-affirming.
All senior students (3rd and 4th year) are expected to submit applications for the Award. An invited external selection committee chose thirteen finalists to form the 2019 WYAA exhibition. An independent team of judges has selected a winner and two runners-up.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner: Adrian Fortuin
1st Runner-up: Hemali Khoosal
2nd Runner-up: MAGOLIDE (Adilson and Mzoxolo)
MAGOLIDE (Adilson & Mzoxolo)
Shannen Marks and Kate Northmore
Chelsea Selvan and Sinead Thorpe
Thursday 1 August | 4pm to 8pm | The Point of Order, corner Bertha and Stiemens streets, Braamfontein
The exhibition runs until 8 August 2019
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