A week of winners – #JavettUPGiveaway

We were excited to run our fabulous #JavettUPGiveaway last week, and we were definitely not disappointed by the quality of the entries we received!

We asked followers of our social media accounts to enter our competition by creating and sharing art that expresses their experience of the word “lockdown” – and we received a great response: entrants submitted drawings, photographs, paintings and a range of other artworks.

Hardus Koekemoer, Mari Brightmore, Molly Roberts and Vian Roos were our four winners. Each receives free entry to the Javett-UP and a personalised guided tour for themselves and five of their friends or family.

Each prize is valued at R900, and the prizes will be valid as soon as Javett-UP opens after lockdown. They may be used any time in the year after reopening.

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Last Bird. Mixed media on found book cover. Artwork reflecting on the mental state and fears of vulnerable people in lockdown during Covid-19. Artist: Hardus Koekemoer (signed HK)

To stand a chance of winning a guided tour of Javett-UP, entrants were asked to:

  • Create art that showcases their experience of the word “lockdown”. This could be done by drawing, sculpting, painting, moulding, creating a video, producing digital art or submitting an image
  • Upload one image of their artwork to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, using the hashtag #JavettUPGiveaway
  • Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

“It is wonderful and inspiring to see the creative spirit within us all reveal itself through the evocative images created for the Javett-UP competition,” says Javett-UP director Christopher Till.

“The response underlines the power of art, which transcends boundaries by exploring the magic of the imagination overcoming contemporary limitations in looking to the future. Congratulations to all our winners!”

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Covid chronicles. Day 1-5 of lockdown (27/03/2020-31/03/2020). #minibook #minibooks #bookbinding #bookmaking #book #art #lockdown #lockdown2020. #javettupgiveaway. Artist: Molly Roberts

How has the national lockdown been for our winners?

“I was not well prepared for the lockdown as I did not stock up on art materials. I ran out of white paint, yet I committed to do neurographic drawings every day for the initial 21 days,” says Brightmore. “This was fun and kept me in a positive frame of mind.”

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The Wave of Covid-19. SA lockdown. Mixed media on stretched canvas. Artist: Mari Brightmore

Before the lockdown, Roos’s work saw him on the road often, taking photos of South Africa’s landscapes: “I take photos and find inspiration from being in my car and seeing the landscape pass me by. So for me, I have actually been finding it very hard to be creative,” he says. “I’m seeing the lockdown as taking a break from ‘being creative’ and stepping away from my work and I will continue when I can again.”

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Untitled. #JavettUPGiveaway. Cardboard and thread. Artist: Vian Roos
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Neels Coetzee’s sculpture, AK-47/Crucible

South Africa’s lockdown has been challenging for everybody. Javett-UP looks forward to opening its doors again when it’s safe to do so. What can you (and our winners) expect to see when we reopen?

Says Till about the current 101 Collecting Conversations: Signature Works of a Century exhibition: “You will see how South African artists have responded over the last hundred years to their time and environment with extraordinary and innovative works of art: from video installations to a sculpture carved from dozens of bibles glued together; a mural that is 13m long, hidden from public view for decades; and a sculpture made from the steel of melted down AK-47 assault rifles used in the struggle against apartheid.

“We look forward to seeing you at the Javett-UP when we reopen to the public!”