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    Our gallery is the only corporate gallery that hosts international arts and drives thought-leadership. It is home to the most comprehensive African Art collection in the country.

    The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were established in 1981 to celebrate emerging South African artists who live their personal truth through their art and show exceptional talent in their chosen medium 


    Since its inception in 1997, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival has provided the platform for renowned African artists to join global icons in delivering an outstanding jazz experience under one roof.
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Standard Bank Young Artist Awards

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were established by the National Arts festival in 1981 and recognise artists under the age of 35 across various disciplines including music, visual arts, spoken word, jazz, theatre, dance, and performance art. These awards serve as a crucial platform for identifying exceptional talent at a pivotal moment in their careers.

Selected by the NAF Artistic Committee, recipients of this esteemed accolade receive a cash prize, as well as a production budget to create and present their work at NAF, providing them with a vital platform to showcase their work. Their journey with the Festival extends beyond mere recognition; it serves as a cornerstone for their ongoing growth and development as artists.

Since its inception, the awards have honoured over 170 directors, actors, artists, playwrights, musicians, choreographers, and dancers, highlighting their significant contributions to the arts sector.

Standard Bank has been a proud sponsor of the awards since 1984, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to supporting and celebrating exceptional talent whose achievements consistently inspire and fill us with pride.

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