The Helgaard Steyn Award for Sculpture:
Nominations now open until 26 July 2021

The following provisions are applicable for nominations of candidates for the Helgaard Steyn Award for Sculpture in 2021:

  1. Any artist of South African birth is eligible for the Helgaard Steyn Award. The prize is awarded for any work of art considered, in the opinion of the panel of adjudicators, to be the most meritorious in the discipline, provided that it was produced during the preceding four years and that it remains accessible to the South African public, for example by being included in a public art collection or by being exhibited in a public building or space.
  2. The adjudicators interpret the provisions to imply that the merits of the works of art under consideration would include their exemplification of a high level of artistic achievement and innovative leadership maintained by the artist over an extended period of time.
  3. The adjudicators have the responsibility of reconciling the original stipulations with an inclusive interpretation of the categories of painting and sculpture, in keeping with current practice in the visual arts. Thus ‘sculpture’ may be free standing pieces and constructions, works in relief, or enclosed or open-air installations in any permanent medium, including ceramics.
  4. Art museums, galleries and their appointees, curators, art consultants and arts practitioners are invited to nominate artworks by submitting a statement of motivation, a curriculum vitae of the artist and the details of the artwork (including visual documentation) to the panel of adjudicators.
  5. Click the nomination form button below to submit a nomination. Any queries or email submissions can be sent to nominations@helgaardsteynawards.co.za.
  6. The deadline for nominations is 26 July 2021.
  7. No correspondence on the merits of any specific award will be undertaken on the behalf of the Trust.
Previous Winners
Previous Winners
Previous Winners
Previous Winners

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.

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