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2017 Gerard Sekoto award

14 September 2017

On Wednesday 13 September 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud attended the 2017 L’Atelier art awards in Johannesburg.

For the past 14 years the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa, the Alliance Française network and the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA) have sponsored the Gerard Sekoto award at the annual L’Atelier awards.

Photo: (l-r) David Wingfield, Head of Barclays Africa Group Marketing, Gerard Sekoto award winner Banele Khoza, Ambassador of France to South Africa Christophe Farnaud and Avitha Sooful from South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA). (Credit: L’Atelier 2017)

The award is offered to the most promising South African artist with an income of less than R60 000 per year.

South African artist Gerard Sekoto (1913-1993) spent 40 years in France in voluntary exile from apartheid. He was a painter, self-taught pianist, musician and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconic South African artists and was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture shortly before his death.

Banele Khoza received the award for his work entitled Note Making. He will receive French lessons through the Alliance Française, a three-month residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and a solo exhibition in the Alliance Française network in South Africa and its partnering galleries.

In his speech, Ambassador Farnaud spoke about the importance of art, globally but also in Africa: "Art is diversity, art is creativity and art is freedom. It’s a way to make life better".

Previous Gerard Sekoto award winners: Matete Motubatse (2016), Natalie Moore (2015), Mbavhalelo Nekhavhambe (2014), Mongezi Ncaphayi (2013), Bambo Sibiya (2012), Isabel Mertz (2011), Bongumenzi Ngobese (2010), Nyaniso Lindi (2009), Retha Ferguson (2008), Nina Barnett (2007), Nomusa Makhubu (2006), Lawrence Lemoana (2005) and Billie Zangewa (2004).

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