Now in its 36th year, the Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) awards are the country's leading arts award conferred by the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank on deserving young South African artists.
Igshaan Adams recieved the Visual Arts Award. He is an exciting visual artist who is finding a creative and refreshing language to discuss faith, gender and identity. His lavish tapestries and sculptures made from strings, beads, found fabric and steel delve into code complex concerns regarding Islam and cultural hybridity.
The category winners are (from left to right):
Igshaan Adams (Visual Arts), Chuma Sopotela (Performance Art), Jemma Kahn (Theatre), Thandi Ntuli (Jazz), Guy Buttery (Music) and Musa Hlatshwayo (Dance)
The National Arts Festival established the Young Artist Awards in 1981 to acknowledge emerging young South African artists who demonstrate an outstanding artistic talent.
These prestigious awards are presented annually to deserving artists in different disciplines – dance, jazz, music, theatre, visual art, performance art and film – affording them national exposure and acclaim.
The winners receive a cash incentive, and are given support to develop and premiere new works that will be featured on the Main Programme of the 2018 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next year.
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