The Innibos National Craft Awards – which is free to enter and open to anyone in SA – is pleased to announce that another four categories have been added. “This takes the prize money up from R85 000 to R 165 000. The categories are the result of a partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and mainly target emerging craftsmen. They aim to highlight how craft can contribute to economic development. Entry deadline is May 1st, 2020,” Cathy Grosvenor, Alleycats PR said.
The Innibos National Craft Awards is now bigger and better, following the National Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) support, which has seen four additional exciting new categories being created. The competition, which seeks to recognize excellence in South Africa’s craft sector, is in its fourth year. Run under the auspices of the Innibos National Arts Festival and organised by ArtAid Africa, it is fast becoming known for the quality of its entries and calibre of its judges.
The addition of the new categories that will showcase how craft can contribute to economic development and job creation. The new categories are Corporate Gifts, Beaded Craft Products, Craft Produced Using Recycled Materials and Souvenirs.
It was also proposed that a Lifetime Achievement Award be made by the department at the annual awards ceremony. The first such award was given posthumously to the late Simon Masilo at last year’s awards evening and this year, the award will go to a living legend, none other than Dr Esther Mahlangu, the world-renowned Ndebele artist.
Sandra Jacobs, the co-founder of the Innibos National Arts Festival, says she is honoured to welcome the department on board, given that the values of both DAC and Innibos – that of promoting all art forms – are so closely aligned.