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12 creative young artists win art competition at Santam

Categories: COMPANY NEWS , Early Childhood Development (ECD), Education
Winners of the 2017 Santam Child Art competition overwhelmed and inspired judges with originality & interpretation of the ‘Bursting with colour’ theme

Their artworks will feature in the Santam centenary 2018 calendar. The Child Art project is one of South Africa’s oldest social investments projects and was started in 1963 to develop the notion that art is a valuable aspect of human development. Although the project is aimed at promoting a love of art among youth, it also provides them with an opportunity to express thoughts and ideas creatively.

Through the years the Santam project has developed into a nationally recognised initiative that now incorporates a national art competition, an online exhibition of selected artworks, an art calendar, as well as informal art centres at schools around the country.

Twelve winning artworks were selected this year to appear in the 2018 centenary calendar. This year, Santam received 4 219 nationwide entries. An additional 307 artworks have been selected to be featured in an online exhibition which will go live in the first quarter of 2018.

Tersia Mdunge, corporate social investment manager, says the uniqueness and creativity astounds her every year. “This year was no exception. The quality of the artwork submitted was of such a high standard and it was truly difficult to select the 13 winning entries. We were excited to see the different interpretations of this theme across the age groups, their innocence and wild imaginations are always so inspirational.”

Amongst the winners are Kayla Fourie (7) from Willem Postma Primary school in Bloemfontein, whose mother and art teacher Eezet Fourie was also a previous winner of the Child Art competition, and Seth Kruger (5) from Cambridge Primary School in East London who is only in grade R. Seth only started art this year as part of the school curriculum.

The 12 winners of this year’s Santam Child Art competition are:

Seth Kruger, Cambridge Primary School         Sophie McQuirk, Stirling Primary School
Kayla Fourie, Eezet Fourie Art School   Suzanne Strauss, Stirling Primary School




Robin Appelgryn, Kiddie Create Art School   Cay-Lee Botha, Erica Girls Primary
Jennifer van Straaten, Eezet Fourie Art School   Kholu Matete, Ladybird International Arts Academy
Khanyisa Tangayi, Brylin Primary School   Anrich Viljoen, Brisley School of Art
Gitte Pieterse, Oranje Meisieskad   Mthandeni Mnguni, Sidinane Senior Secondary School














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