The Spier Contemporary 2010 exhibition opens at the Cape Town City Hall on 14 March. The annually held Spier Contemporary is South Africa’s largest art biennale exhibition, involving a series of linked events held around greater Cape Town between the months of March and May. Festivities unraveled on 5 March with Wrap Day.
The Africa Centre is proud to announce the launch of the Spier Contemporary 2010, South Africa’s largest contemporary art competition and exhibition. The inaugural Spier Contemporary in 2007/08 attracted over 2,500 submissions from across South Africa, featured 95 artists and hosted 25,000 people at the exhibition in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Winning the Spier Contemporary “radically changed my life”, said award winner, Andrew Putter. “It gave me the confidence and financial security to make art-making my primary career focus — compressing into a year a process that would have taken at least four or five years”. Winner of the People’s Choice Award, kinetic sculptor Justin Fiske, found the recognition “a big stepping stone for my career. The publicity helps you reach a broader, more robust art economy which is key to developing a career”. And Mwenya Kabwe, who together with Chuma Sopotela and Kemang Wa Lehulere won an award for their performance U nyamo alunampumlo (The foot has no nose), felt validated in her work by the award. “It’s been encouraging on a personal level. I would really encourage performance artists to enter the competition”.