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2023 Wits Young Artist's Awards Winners


The Wits Young Artist Award (WYAA) is supported by The Point of Order and the Wits School of Arts as a platform for both acknowledging and giving exposure to new (earliest 2022) and critical work by senior students of the Wits Fine Art Department. The 2023 WYAA chief selector was Dr Same Mdluli, the director of the Standard Bank Art Gallery. Dr Mdluli was supported by Reshma Chhiba and Zen Marie from the Fine Arts Department. The final prize winners were selected by a panel of independent adjudicators: Molemo Moiloa, Danielle Bowler and Bulumko Mbete.  Final adjudication took place on the 20th of July where wiiners were announced, this year’s Wits Young Artists Award winner is Rumbo Mercy for her mixed media installation work titled Platform omega: Awaiting the twilight train and the two merit prizes were awarded to Puseletso Masemene  for her video installation work Ts’ilo le ho Sila, and KhulekaniSiswe for his terracotta vessel titled Igoqo.

Shortlisted artists

Khulekani Magudulela
Olivia Pintér
Ntokozo Mudau
Puseletso Masemene
Katleho Habi
Rumbo Mercy
Zukhanye Zuzu Ndlaleni
Rirhandzu Vermeulen
Relebogile Malaza
Chuma Adam

An exhibition of all the shortlisted artists’ works is on display at The Point of Order (corner Bertha and Steimens streets, Braamfontein) until 4 August, for bookings email: View the works online at