Internationally-acclaimed South African artist Mary Sibande has been awarded this year’s Helgaard Steyn Prize. Her sculpture In the Midst of Chaos, There Is Opportunity was judged to be the most outstanding to have been exhibited in South Africa in the past four years.

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Mary Sibande

In the midst of chaos, there is opportunity

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Photographer: Jodi Bieber

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Helgaard Steyn Awards are awarded annually, alter- nated in a four-year cycle, to:

The painter who, during the afore-going four years, produced the best painting and offered it for sale at a public exhibition, or who produced such painting, commissioned by a private person or a public body, on the understanding that it be placed in public in a way that allows reasonable public access.

The author of the best work of any nature in Afrikaans that, during the afore-going four years, was offered for sale on the open market in at least three hundred (300) print-copies.

The sculptor who, during the afore-going four years, produced the best sculpture and offered it for sale at a public exhibition, or who produced such sculpture, commissioned by a private person or a public body, on the understanding that it be placed in public in a way that allows reasonable public access.

The composer who, during the afore-going four years, composed the best piece of music and offered at least ten complete copies available for sale on the open market.

The History of the Helgaard Steyn Trust

The Helgaard Steyn Trust originates from the estate of the late Dr. Johan Heinrich (Jan) Steyn. He was born on 20 April, 1902 and was the eldest of six children of Barendina Wilhelmina (Dina) Richter and Hillegard Mulder (Helgaard) Steyn. 

Dr. Steyn was an ex-student of the former Grey University College (the present-day University of the Free State). He obtained a doctorate in Economy and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. 

In 1961, Potchef- stroom University College (the present-day North-West University) awarded him with an honorary doctorate in Economic Science. 

Until his retirement, in 1966, he served as an MP for Potchefstroom. Dr. Steyn was never married. He died in Bloemfontein on 15 December, 1983 at the age of 81 years.