The young and gifted

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Young photographer Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko and promising dancer Dada Masilo are among artists who have won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual art and dance, respectively, for 2008.

Veleko and Masilo share the 2008 limelight with fellow artists Jaco Bouwer (drama), Mark Fransman (jazz), and Zanne Stapelberg (music).

Veleko is thrilled at winning the award. "I am truly grateful to be acknowledged by my own country. I have so much still to show and do and this will enable me to realise my dream." Her photographic projects pose questions around how identity is perceived.

Masilo, dancer and choreographer and dancer-in-residence at the Dance Factory, was amazed by her recognition at this early stage of her career, "I am truly humbled by this award and want to thank Standard Bank for the opportunities afforded me". Dada first performed for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at the age of 11.

The Young Artist Awards recognise South Africans who have demonstrated exceptional artistic promise within their discipline, but who have not yet achieved extensive national exposure and acclaim. The awards were designed to assist in promoting the careers of those selected.

Standard Bank has sponsored the awards for the past 24 years and some 89 artists have been recipients since their inception in 1981. Previous winners include Paul Slabolepszy (1983), Andrew Buckland (1986), William Kentridge (1987), Johnny Clegg (1989), Darryl Roodt (1991), Sibongile Khumalo (1993), Vincent Mantsoe (1996), Bongani Ndodana (1998), Gregory Maqoma (2002) and Yael Farber (2003).

Mandie van der Spuy, head of sponsorships at Standard Bank says: "Sponsorship of the Young Artist Awards contributes to the development of our up-and-coming artists.

"As a bank, we are committed to sponsoring the arts and believe the awards play a vital role in nurturing South African talent."