The auction, which will take place at the Michaelis School of Fine Art on 17 October 2018 will feature works by Penny Siopis, Athi-Patra Ruga, Jane Alexander and William Kentridge, amongst many others. This initiative is driven by Berni Searle, herself a renowned artist, and currently director of the the University of Cape Town’s art school. Funds raised by the auction will be used towards substantial scholarships for promising students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are in financial need, ensuring greater diversity at the university.
Established artists will pave the way for the next generation, living up to the title Siyakhula, which in isiXhosa means ‘we grow’. The Michaelis School of Fine Art counts established artists such as Nandipha Mntambo, Lisa Brice and Marlene Dumas amongst its graduates, demonstrating how life-changing this scholarship could be for a young artist.
The auction is supported by various pro-bono contributions such as Aspire Art Auctions, Orms, Krone wines and Corrigall & Co art advisors. Those who believe in supporting historically disadvantaged artists, diversity at tertiary levels and the value of education are encouraged to participate and bid.