The Eastern Cape Development Corporation’s inaugural Eastern Cape craft competition and exhibition, aptly named LITHUBA LAKHO, is a unique opportunity for the soul of the Eastern Cape to be depicted through the art of craft by local artists who would like to compete against the best.
These are the words of Cllr Nomamerica Soul, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Portfolio Chairperson for Recreation, Sport, Arts and Culture, to encourage participation for this provincial competition.
She said this competition and exhibition is designed to promote top export quality craft from a diverse range of disciplines and has been initiated by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), the municipality’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA).
Lithuba Lakho means this is your opportunity and crafters can expect a tough battle for top honours as only the best craft items will be selected for the final exhibition. The top three crafters will also be sponsored by ECDC to promote their work on a national level.
This initiative will uplift the local craft community by promoting local craft internationally. “We challenge all Eastern Cape crafters to up your game and craft something amazing that represents the spirit of the Eastern Cape” says Cumile Ntuthu: Business Advisor, Market Access Center of expertise, ECDC.
The exhibition opens on 12 December at 17:30 and three top crafters will be selected as overall winners with great prizes up for grabs.
The selection process started with a team of craft experts visiting East London, Queenstown, Aliwal North, Barkley East, Mthatha, Mount Ayliff, Port St Johns, Port Alfred and Grahamstown.
The next round of selection will take place from 24 November to 1 December with visits to Jeffrey’s Bay, Kareedouw, Willowmore, Jansenville, Graaff-Reinet, Middelburg, Somerset East and Kirkwood.
The final selection drive will make a Nelson Mandela Bay turn at 09:00 on 1 December at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, 1 Park Drive, Central, PE, 6001. Crafters must bring five of their top works with a completed entry form to the selection venues.
If you are interested in entering this competition bring your best work to one of the selection centers with an entry form. For more information about this great opportunity, please contact: Yandiswa Sodaba (ECDC) at tel: 043 704 5600 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Emma O’Brien (NMM Art Museum) at tel: 041 506 2000 and email: email@example.com.
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