The Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, named in honour of the late Fulcrum employee Suzanne Shaw, is a collaboration between Fulcrum, the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and the Kalashnikovv Gallery. It is presented annually to a deserving young art curator, who has the opportunity to put together an exhibition of their choice.
“We’re very excited to announce that Dineke van der Walt is the winner of the 2018 Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award, and we very much look forward to seeing how she makes the most of this opportunity, both for herself and the artists she will showcase,” says Fulcrum’s Head of Brand, Clodagh da Paixao.
Collaboration with artists is central to Van der Walt the curator, who has been “intrigued by art and artists since my childhood”.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work within art teams over the past 10 years, starting out as a gallery assistant for the North West University gallery while I was studying History of Art. During this time, I was introduced to contemporary art and had the opportunity to work with some of South Africa’s leading artists at art festivals like Aardklop,” she says.
“The curator plays a vital role in understanding the artists’ intentions and work, assembling it and making sure it’s portrayed faithfully to viewers. In essence, I see the curator as a creative mediator, creating an experience.
“My personal curatorial voice is rooted in diversity in art. I enjoy various mediums and creative forms and combining them within an exhibition. I also love travelling and being introduced to different cultures and their unique forms of art.
“My passion, however, lies with contemporary South African art. We have many talented artists in this country, and it is a very exciting time to be a young curator and being able to work with so many unique voices.”
Van der Walt’s entry for the award had dovetailed with Fulcrum’s brand promise of “We see it differently”, says Aysha Waja, curator at the Bag Factory, and made her stand out as a candidate.
“I’m super-excited to have Dineke receive the 2018 award. Her proposal is fresh and edgy, and is as dynamic and vibrant as herself, which makes her a great candidate for this programme,” says Waja.