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2018 Categories

Traditional & Indigenous Art

This is a category that identifies young women with the potential to make a significant contirbution, not just to the art world, but to women's struggles more broadly. It rewards women who engage with, and subvert, stereotpyes about gender and race.

Literature

This category celebrates fiction and biography, and also acknowledges important prose that speaks to the struggles of women in society. It honours creativity, imagination and originality. It acknowledges writers who are committed to their craft and strive to promote the genre.

Rising Star

This is a category that identifies young women with the potential to make a significant contribution, not just to the art world, but to women's struggles more broadly. It rewards women who engage with, and subvert, stereotpyes about gender and race.

Visual Arts

This category celebrates sculptors, painters, performance artists and curators who creatively expand our conceptions of form and subject matter, and utilise materials in original and innovative ways. It also celebrates artists who venture into new frontiers and demonstrate deep imagination and originality, and whose owrk reaches beyond our borders.

Opera

Opera could easily be the most misunderstood art in South Africa, always viewed as foreign. This category celebrates the “pioneers” who ventured into this art form and have given it the recognition it deserves within our society, as well as those who have created spaces for themselves on the world stage. It also honours artists who have pushed the boundaries of the genre.

Theatre

This category honours women who push the boundaries of the genre and create new and exciting theatre performances of high standards. It also celebrates those who relentlessly and successfully promote this genre.

Film

The film industry is complex and requires a variety of intricate collaborations and negotiations. Women in Film celebrates women’s contribution to the development of, and on-going participation in, South Africa’s fledgling film industry.

Music

The category celebrates musicians, across musical genres, who demonstrate a deep commitment to Africa and its traditions, and who are original and innovative in their art form. It also recognises leading vocalists and instrumentalists involved in traditional music, other than African, who contribute to the diverse musical idioms of our nation. In addition this category recognises women who make an outstanding contributing producing, facilitating and organising performers.

Humanitarian Award

We honor those who unite and empower women, especially women who have been victims of violence.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a special category awarded in recognition of consistently high quality work done over a lifetime. It is dedicated to enduring icons whose staying power and commitment is exemplary and to artists whose singular contribution to our culture is deeply felt. This award also celebrates outstanding work done by South African artists beyond the borders of South Africa.

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