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"Call for Artists: Third Public Sculpture Competition for the City of Cape Town"
2002-06-05 until 2002-06-29
Association for Visual Arts
Cape Town, , ZA South Africa

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA), in collaboration with the J.K. Gross Trust, is launching the third public sculpture competition for the city of Cape Town. Entry forms, outlining full details for this competition, are now available from AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, and on AVA’s website.

The site for this competition has been identified as the corner of Shortmarket Street and St George’s Mall, in the center of the city of Cape Town. Entry is open to all, and registration forms (Form A) should reach AVA by 29 June 2002. The maquettes (one tenth of the size of the proposed finished sculpture) must be submitted to AVA for exhibition on 15 and 16 August, after which the judging will take place on 19 August 2002. The decision of a panel of judges, selected by AVA and the J.K. Gross Trust, will be final.

The winner will be announced at the opening of the maquette exhibition at AVA on Tuesday, 20 August 2002 at 6 pm. The maquettes will be on exhibition until Friday, 30 August 2002. Comments from the public will be invited.

A sum of R80 000 (eighty thousand rands) will be made available for the execution and installation of the winning piece. The winner will receive R40 000 (forty thousand rands) in prize money and has twelve months in which to install the winning sculpture.

The first competition in this series was won by JOHN SKOTNES with his MYTHOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE, which stands on Thibault Square, Cape Town. The second winner was BRETT MURRAY and his AFRICA stands in St George’s Mall at the bottom of Waterkant Street, in Cape Town.

These competitions were initiated by the J.K. Gross Trust with a view to making art more accessible to the Cape Town public by exposing them to contemporary art making by some of South Africa’s most prominent sculptors. The regeneration of the inner city of Cape Town, for the benefit of both locals and visitors, is a vital component of this competition. Both winning sculptures have proved great drawcards for the city center and both have elicited interesting debate around issues of public art and its role. Cultural tourism has thereby been advanced and the surroundings of the city greatly enhanced.

All the winning sculptures become the property of the Unicity Cape Town.

Enquiries: AVA: TEL (021) 424 7436 FAX (021) 423 2637 E-mail: avaart@iafrica.com

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