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Six Break Through Talents Awarded
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Six Break Through Talents Awarded

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An expectant energy always comes over the air when the annual Standard Bank Young Artists are announced. This year, as we all held our breath in wonder, the energy became even more palpable because of the award ceremony’s chosen theme: “Break Through.” The night was peppered with chatter about how the artists lives are about to change. This, thanks to the opportunities that come with the award: the prize money, the credibility, recognition and all the structural support to realize the next big creative project.

 

Then, the award winners were announced. A new group of amazing talents breaking through into the great league of South African artists as the Standard Bank Young Artists 2018.

Pianist and composer, Thandi Ntuli wins the jazz category award. The Visual Art prize awarded to Igshaan Adams. Chuma Sopotela received the Performance Art category award, while Jemma Kahn scooped the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for theatre. The dance category went to Musa Hlatshwayo. Guitarist, Guy Buttery was awarded the music award. He wins in a category that breaks with tradition. The music award has customarily been given to musicians who practice opera and classical music. 

 

Perhaps the most powerful tribute came from CEO of the National Arts Festival, Tony Lankester. In a speech congratulating the honourees, Lankester said to them: “All we ask of you in the year to come is that you make something beautiful, something powerful and something important.” The words set a fitting tone for the great anticipation that will stalk these artists until they present their award related work at the National Arts Festival next year.

 

This requirement to create a new work is part of what makes the Standard Bank Young Artist Award a break through award. Apart from honouring the young artists, it challenges them to create work out of the spirit of being affirmed for their creative vision. This allows them to reach beyond their current creative level into the next plane of excellence. In fact, that’s part of why the award has been able to propel so many artists from promising young talents into “respected creative global citizens,” as Hazel Chimhandamba, Group Head of Sponsorship at Standard Bank put it in her vote of thanks.

 

It’s been 37 years since the inception of these awards. They have been conferred on a prestigious group of 156 artists. The list stretches across multiple generations of South African artists. A new hope grows every year as bright new names are added. This year feels fittingly fantastic.

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Thami Nqola
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To whom it may concern,

My name is Thami Nqola, I'm a 21-year-old student currently studying fashion design at Tshwane University of Technology. I have a really deep running passion for fashion and design and have always dreamt of studying abroad and taking my dreams and abilities to different and higher places, improving both as an individual and as future professional in the field and industry of design. After working hard and applying to different schools, I have recently been accepted to a school in Paris to study and broaden my knowledge and skills in fashion. I come from a disadvantaged family so I lack the necessary funding to pay for tuition and as sustenance in Paris. I'm writing this email to ask for funding or a scholarship that can help cover my costs and help me live in Paris while I study. This has been a long time dream of mine and it's finally here and I would love to get the help I need to see it all the way through. I'd really like to be in a position where I'm able to create opportunities for anyone else who decides to pursue such a path, hopefully by making this trail, I am able to make it easier for them, I'm able to inspire and create a better creative space for future generations, especially within Africa, not just South Africa.
Attached in the email is a letter of acceptance, that also states how much I will need for school tuition and that I've been accepted conditionally, on the basis that I am able to pay for tuition. I hope you're able to help.

Kind regards

Thank you