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Emma Smith Scholarship Award Ceremony 2012

Emma Smith Scholarship Award Ceremony 2012

Media Statement by Francesca Verga: Curator at the Durban University of Technology’s Art Gallery

The Durban University of Technology invites you to the Emma Smith Scholarship Award Ceremony 2012 where the winner will walk away with a R40 000 scholarship.

The award was introduced in 1920 by KwaZulu-Natal sugar industry magnate Sir Charles Smith. Named after his mother, Smith’s endowment was made in appreciation of the work of visionary Art School Head, John Adams.

DUT is proud to announce that the following students have been nominated for the award this year:

Busisiwe Memela- Fashion Design
Jeandré Venter- Fashion Design
Mhlonishwa Chiliza- Fine Art
Karla Nixon- Fine Art
Li Joshua- Graphic Design
Jacques Hoffman- Graphic Design
Angela Sagar- Interior Design
Kelsey Sutton- Interior Design
Glenn Adendorff- Jewellery Design
Songezo Baleni- Jewellery Design
Jared Hinde- Video Technology
Luke Mason- Video Technology

An exhibition of the nominee works will be up until Friday 08 February 2013 at the DUT City Campus Interior Design Department (Room 24).

The award ceremony will be held as follows:
Venue: DUT City Campus, Arthur Smith Hall.
Date: Monday, February 4, 2013.
Time: 5:30 pm for 6pm.

Snacks will be provided. Secure parking is available.

RSVP is essential. Members of the media who will be attending are urged to contact Sinegugu Ndlovu.

For comment or more details please contact Francesca Verga – Curator at the DUT Art Gallery on (031) 373 2207 or 082 720 7635.

Notes to Editors:
Miss Elsie Currie was the first winner of the award. Dion Chang; South African corporate trend analyst and design consultant, photographer Angela Buckland and artists Deanne Donaldson and Ledelle Moe are some of the famous names who have also received the award.

While the original intention of the scholarship was to allow winners to go overseas to study, the award has been extended to include a variety of purposes or projects proposed by the candidates. These include community based workshops, further study in South Africa or the African continent and or solo exhibitions. The competition is open to students from the full range of design, visual and performing arts programmes offered at the institution. Members of the judging panel are drawn from leading practitioners in the various disciplines; nominated by heads of department.

Students are required to exhibit a body of work for adjudication. The candidates will also be required to be present at the time when the work is being viewed and be prepared to be interviewed. Once the participating candidates have been interviewed, the selection panel will decide on the award which will be announced at an awards ceremony.

Issued by:
Sinegugu Ndlovu
Durban University of Technology
031 373 2845
sinegugunp@dut.ac.za