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Social Impact Arts Prize 2020

A new South African art prize with a focus on social impact that has a direct, measurable effect on individuals and communities has been launched. Supported by the non-profit Rupert Art Foundation and the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, the awarded projects demonstrated creative ways to address social challenges. 

Six finalists were chosen including, The Long Table Project, Revealing the City and Mirage. Hello Wolk!, Tears Become Rain and PLANTed, were selected as the award winning projects. “All of the finalists demonstrated extremely responsible and authentic arts-based ideas that could address pressing social challenges creatively. In inspiringly diverse ways, they presented workable solutions that could influence, affect or simply make us more aware of societal conditions in our world today,” comments Hanneli Rupert, Co-Director and Chairwoman of the Social Impact Arts Prize 2020. “We hope that this initiative will contribute towards making social impact central to South African arts-based practices – and even the driving force,” added Roelof van Wyk, Co-Director of the Social Impact Arts Prize 2020. 

The preparatory work for all six projects were shown at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch before touring to the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet.
The three awarded projects will be installed in Graaff-Reinet.

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The Panel of Judges were:
Michelle Constant – (Non-Judging) Chairperson of the Judging Panel, ZA
Aliki Lampropoulos – Head of International Development – Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.
Suhair Khan – Strategy & Ops – Google | Project Lead – Google Arts & Culture, UK
Azu Nwagbogu – Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), NIG
Salma Tuqan – Deputy Director, Delfina Foundation, UK
Allan Schwarz – Mezimbite Forest Centre Director, MOZ
Marlon Parker – Impact Entrepreneur, ZA