ARTISTRY UNLEASHED:


2024 WINNERS

Umsizi NoPende celebrates creative empowerment.

Born from the collaborative efforts of Isthuli-Sasengweni and the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality - Visual Arts & Galleries Division, This project has evolved into a symbol of innovation and transformation within the realm of arts and culture. From its humble beginnings in 2022 to its spectacular rise in 2024, Umsizi NoPende has consistently demonstrated its commitment to nurturing talent, fostering creativity, and driving tangible outcomes for visual artists across South Africa. It's worth noting that this project is solely funded by the National Lotteries Commission, highlighting the importance of public support in fostering the growth and sustainability of artistic endeavors in our nation. The 3rd Annual Umsizi NoPende honors the dedication, passion, and excellence of these artists as we reflect on the profound impact of Umsizi NoPende's journey thus far.




Public Voters Choice Award:




The ceremony began by recognizing the power of public opinion with a Public Choice Prize chosen by you. This award celebrates the artist whose work has resonated most with the Audience, the winner of the Public Voter's Choice Prize received a generous reward of R10,000. And the award went to Falida Nkomo!

Bronze:

The Bronze Prize. This accolade is a testament to artistic excellence, capturing our attention and stirring our emotions. The recipient of the Bronze Prize was honored with a prize of R8,000. And the award went to Kwandiwa Dlwati!



Kwandiwa Dlwati's statement beautifully encapsulates the essence of his work. Using different hues and contrasts, he invites viewers to explore metaphorical dark streets embedded within their art. His pieces reflect the metamorphic qualities of the community, particularly during blackouts. Through open compositions, viewers are encouraged to surrender to the magnetic darkness of the community, finding themselves both lost and located within the intricate labyrinth of experimentation. The interaction between static community scapes, animated by figures and houses, palpably embodies the community's presence. It's an invitation for viewers to immerse themselves in Dlwati's exploration, gaining insight into the evolving dynamics of community life.

Silver:

The Silver Prize. This award recognizes the artist whose brilliance shines bright, leaving an indelible mark on the canvas of creativity. The Silver Prize winner was bestowed with a prize of R12,000. And the award went to Falida Nkomo!



Falida Nkomo's printmaking explores the intricate layers of identity and belonging through monotypes. Her work transcends cultural boundaries, inviting viewers to contemplate the universal human experience of seeking connection in unfamiliar landscapes. "Homing" emerges as a central theme, symbolizing a continuous process of self-discovery. Inspired by Stuart Hall's concept of a "living archive," Nkomo sees her mother as a tangible embodiment of historical narrative, shaping her identity. Through her art, Nkomo challenges viewers to reconsider notions of history, identity, and belonging, sparking a dialogue that resonates beyond the confines of the studio.

Gold:

The Gold Prize. This is the highest honor, awarded to an artist whose work has transcended boundaries and captivated our senses. The winner of the Gold Prize received a well-deserved reward of R20,000. And the award went to Hoek Swaratlhe!



Hoek Swaratlhe’s work is based on a project born out of a fascination with capturing the evolving landscape of Soweto's houses and architecture. Specifically, he is documenting the iconic "match-box houses," symbolic of working-class black communities pre-apartheid. These structures, colloquially known as "Dladla" or "coaches," have witnessed significant modifications over time, reflecting shifts in social mobility and ownership. From the 70s to the present, these homes have been adapted and transformed, mirroring changes in the township's architectural fabric. Today, as new generations take ownership, renovations, and upgrades are reshaping these once humble dwellings into modern homes, marking a tangible evolution in Soweto's urban identity.

2024 NOMINEES (ARTISTS)

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Cameron-LeeOlivier

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CourtneyHodgson

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Falida Nkomo

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Given Muronga

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Hoek Swaratlhe

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KatlehoMosia

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Kwandiwa Dlwati

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Michael Selekane

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Mpho Mothuntsi

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Mulanga Mbedzi

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Nthateng Sethemane

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Kabelo Madamane

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Omphile Mogatwe

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Sibiya Anderson

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Sinenkosi Msomi

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ThembaMinya

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Thulani Gankca

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Tshegofatso Phore

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Tshepo Matlamela

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Tshogofatsho Nkhumeleng

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