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wits young artist award ‘22 

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 and provocative work by senior students of the Wits Fine Art Department. This year’s award consists of four prizes: 1st Prize / R12 000, two Merit Awards / R6 500 each, and an Artist’s Discretionary Award (an exceptional award for this year only) / R5000. The 2022 edition of the WYAA will be curated online and at the point of order to which leading local and international curators, artists, scholars and arts organisations will be invited.

The exhibition is curated by Tammy Langtry and is facilitated by Gabrielle Goliath & Reshma Chhiba, under the category: Asymptotic Convergences.

Asymptotic Convergences

"As an invitation to students within the Fine Art department of the University of the Witwatersrand, the artist students were invited to respond to the mathematical theory of an asymptote, a theory which represents how a numerical value might get closer to a limit, value or line but never reach it; it suggests continuities, intersections and meeting points, accumulations and trajectories. How have the student body considered their work as a convergence of collective ideation and memory. Artists explore a multitude of responses to this; lineages in record and mythology, existentialism and community, and importantly, the value of  social education through institutional education. 

The exhibition provides an opportunity to re-conceptualize work for exhibition, prepare and test out ideas. For many students to work together in a group exhibition provides a space to negotiate and share space. It has been wonderful working with the WYAA team and the selector Simnikiwe Buhlungu, the schools commitment to shaping new artistic practice is commendable." 

- Tammy Langtry

Curator – Tammy Langtry
Adjudicators – Grace Meadows, Thuli Gamedze, Ruth Motau and Rucera Seethal
Winner – Kamogelo Kgaswane
Merit award winners – Vidya Chagan and Phumla Dhlamini
Artist’s Discretionary award winner -  Matsi Wa Lesego
The exhibition is on view at The Point of Order until 26 August, from 10am to 2pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Please also find links to view the show online at TPO website – and IG handle @tpo.projects

Shortlisted Artists:

Chuma Adam
Vidya Chagan 
Ropafadzo Chimusoro 
Phumla Dhlamini 
Abigail Holloway 
Sudhata Jurakan 
Sehlorana Kekana 
Kamogelo Kgaswane 
Maxine Maistry 
Marumbo Mughogho 
Ntsako Nkuna
Matsi Wa Lesego