The opening and prize-giving of the KZNSA Annual Members’ Award is this Thursday 28 March from 17h30. See you there! We are proud to introduce this year's judges, Tsosheletso Chidi, Russel Hlongwane, and Sthenjwa Luthuli. The judges select the first, second and third places. The winner is awarded the Joan Emanuel floating trophy, R20,000 and a solo exhibition at the KZNSA in 2025, the second place is awarded R10,000 and the third place, R5,000.

  • 26 March 2024
  • Exhibition Opening

The opening and prize-giving of the KZNSA Annual Members’ Award is this Thursday 28 March from 17h30. See you there!

We are proud to introduce this year's judges, Tsosheletso Chidi, Russel Hlongwane, and Sthenjwa Luthuli. The judges select the first, second and third places. The winner is awarded the Joan Emanuel floating trophy, R20,000 and a solo exhibition at the KZNSA in 2025, the second place is awarded R10,000 and the third place, R5,000.

The prizes are generously sponsored by the Key Foundation and the Joan Emanuel Trust. Paul Emanuel, the son of Joan Emanuel, will present the awards.

Tsosheletso Chidi is the literature curator at the Centre for Creative Arts and curated the 27th edition of the Time of the Writer. Her research interests lie in indigenous languages and their role in representing and constructing social meaning around various societal issues. Tsosheletso earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Rhodes University in 2020, specialising in Sepedi poetry. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of African Languages at the University of Pretoria.
Chidi is the author of two books, “The Baby Is Born” and “Dirurubele-Wandering Butterflies” and her poetry has been featured in Ratomil Media Corona’cles poetry anthology.

 


 

Russel Hlongwane is a Durban based cultural producer. His work obsesses over the tensions in Heritage, Modernity, Culture and Tradition as it applies to black life. Research, cultural production, design theory, writing, film and curatorship form part of his practice.
Hlongwane is part of a number of working groups spread across the Southern African region, the African continent more broadly; and internationally. He is currently pursuing a MPhil in Southern Urbanism (Urban Studies) at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities.

Sthenjwa Luthuli was born in Botha’s Hill, Durban, South Africa in 1991 and attended iDelani Lower Primary school. From 2010-2012 Luthuli took part in the Velobala art programme hosted by the African Art Centre at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) where he was mentored by Themba Shibase, artist and fine art lecturer at DUT. In 2017 Luthuli was placed runner up in the Sasol New Signatures competition. Luthuli was represented by the KZNSA at the Latitudes Art Fair in 2019. Here his work sold out, and he was part of a collaboration with David Krut in which a print work was released as a limited edition folio and used to wrap a luxury car for VIPs at the fair.
Since then, he has mounted numerous local and international solo exhibitions, and completed a mural project in the Concordia Tunnel in Bremen, Germany.


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