The Heather Martienssen prize is an annual award presented to a senior Wits Fine Arts student.The winning artist was Antonia Brown, 3rd year Fine Arts, for her piece titled I will tell him when he comes back.
Brown studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, before coming to the Wits School of Arts this year.
The prize is considered to be indicative of a potentially prosperous artistic career.
The Martienssen prize of 2010 was held at Museum Africa in Newtown. Hosting the art competition at Museum Africa was strategic, as it was an attempt to build relations with Johannesburg’s cultural institutions.
The 2011 prize was held at the Wits Substation gallery. Last year saw the exhibition at the then, recently opened WAM.
Merit awards were awarded to Daniella Dagnin for Relational Time and Enjay Ndlovu for his piece entitled It looked so much better in my mind.
Dagnin’s piece involved her sitting in WAM from early in the day until the time of the exhibition.
When Wits Vuvuzela arrived at the exhibition she had been sitting for seven hours.