17 Sep 2013 10:50
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) and Bank Windhoek on Thursday launched the 2014 Bank Windhoek Triennial here.
The national, tri-annual visual art competition aims to promote creativity, excellence, quality and individual artistic expression.
The opening and prize-giving ceremony of the Triennial will be held on 05 September 2014 at the NAGN. The date for submitting artworks is 11 July 2014.
The first Bank Windhoek Triennial took place in 2008, and the second in 2011.
In 2008, 186 pieces of art were entered into the competition, and 467 in the year 2011.
Bank Windhoek said in a media statement issued last week, the advantage of the three-year time gap between successive Triennials is that it provides an opportunity for artists to learn from their previous experiences, and to use the interlude to apply newly-acquired knowledge in preparing prizewinning work for the next event.
Most artists will recognise that groundbreaking art and experimenting with new ideas requires courage. That is why innovation gets rewarded, it said.
The Triennial is a forum where Namibian artists can be part of an art exhibition which promotes excellence as an essential ingredient.
It is also a communally inspiring event that challenges Namibian artists to show their best efforts on a truly professional level, read the statement.
Art competitions are part and parcel of the competitive professional art world, and winning major awards have presented many artists with a platform to launch a hugely successful career.
The triennial is open to all artists with Namibian citizenship, domicile or permanent residence, and each artist may submit a maximum of three artworks produced no earlier than 2012.
The categories are: Two-dimensional art (painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, mixed media etc.); Three-dimensional art/sculpture (carving, construction, ceramic, assemblage, mixed media etc.); New media (photography, digital/electronic/technical, computer-generated, video, installation, conceptual, performance, etc.); Craft/Design (textile, pottery, basketry, utensils, product development, jewelery etc.).
Meanwhile, the prize money has been increased as an incentive to artists, and a first, second and third prize will be awarded in each of the four categories, while a number of merit prizes and special mentions for further outstanding entries will also be given.
Entry forms can be obtained from the NAGN, regional collection centres, Bank Windhoek branches, or can be downloaded from the following websites: www.bankwindhoek.com.na or www.nagn.org.na.