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Levy Pooe wins 2020 Cassirer Welz Award

Johannesburg-based visual artist Levy Pooe has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Cassirer Welz Award.

  • Levy Pooe 2020 Cassirer Welz Award winner
  • Levy Pooe 2020 Cassirer Welz Award winner
  • Artist Abongile Sidzumo 2020 Cassirer Welz Award runner up
  • Artist Abongile Sidzumo 2020 Cassirer Welz Award runner up
  • Artist Liona Nyariri 2020 Cassirer Welz Award runner up
  • Artist Liona Nyariri 2020 Cassirer Welz Award runner up

In a small, virtual award ceremony held on Monday 23 November, Pooe, who works in a range of mediums from painting, charcoal, collage, as well as photography, explained how his work aims to create narratives that speak to the urban black experience.
     Abongile Sidzumo and Liona R Nyariri, both Cape Town-based artists, took home second and third place, respectively.
     The Cassirer Welz Award, which is named after South African auctioneers Reinhold Cassirer and Stephan Welz, is an annual award presented by the Bag Factory in partnership with Strauss & Co to a South African-based visual artist working in the mediums of painting, drawing, or sculpture. Only artists under the age of 35 and not represented by a commercial gallery are eligible.
     The selection jury, comprised of Bag Factory director Candice Allison, artist Phumulani Ntuli, Strauss & Co, Executive Director Susie Goodman, and Senior Art Specialist Wilhelm van Rensburg, unanimously agreed that Pooe is ‘an exceptional painter who will benefit from an opportunity for substantial creative and professional growth.’
     Pooe receives an intensive ten-week residency at the Bag Factory from 1 December 2020 – 5 February 2021 and R 25,000 towards the artist’s residency stipend, materials, and production costs. The residency culminates in a solo exhibition of newly created work at the Bag Factory opening on 6 February 2021.

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