The adjudicators of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards have held an award ceremony to honour talented up-andcoming artists.
The awards honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant difference in their field.
The awards give the young artists financial support to experiment with new concepts and ideas.
The winners of the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are Nicholas Hlobo for Visual Art, Jacques Imbrailo for Music, Ntshieng Mokgoro for Drama, Kesivan Naidoo for Jazz and Thabo Rapoo for Dance.
As part of their prize each will be featured on the main programme of the 2009 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next July.
Rapoo said he would like to use the opportunity to create a platform for other artists, especially dancers.