The 2013 BASA Awards winners

The Business Day Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards once again celebrated business and art partnerships in the country.

Here is the full list of this year’s winners:

Innovation Award — PPC Ltd for Re-imagine Concrete: Suzaan Heyns Spring/Summer 2012

Heyns incorporated concrete into the construction of the garments that formed part of the Re-imagine Concrete Collection, unveiled at SA Fashion Week in March 2012.

First Time Sponsor Award – Bidvest Group Limited for the Opening of the new Wits Art Museum (WAM)

Bidvest sponsored the event and publicity for the opening of the new WAM, enabling it to create an event congruent with its standing as a new, important cultural landmark.

Increasing Access to the Arts Award – Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) for the Diepsloot Public Artworks Programme

As part of the Diepsloot public environment upgrade, the JDA appointed The Trinity Session to curate public art for the area —  focusing on the entrance to the Muzomuhle Primary School and its surrounds. Workshops saw local artists and learners from the school assist in creating the sculptures using recycled material.

International Sponsorship Award – Norges Musikkorpes Forbund (Norwegian Band Federation) for the Field Band Foundation – Bands Crossing Borders

The partnership between the Norges Musikkorpes Forbund and the South African Field Band Foundation was formed to build capacity towards the instruction of music in South Africa. The partnership created opportunities for the Field Band tutors to learn and study music in Norway, thus contributes to the success of music teaching in the organisation.

Long Term Partnership Award supported, by Stephan Weltz & CO. – ArcelorMittal South Africa for Southern Guild Collectable Design Gallery

Over the past three years, ArcelorMittal South Africa has stood firmly alongside Southern Guild with a shared vision to support, nurture and propel the local design industry to entirely new levels of originality, maturity and professionalism.

Arts & Environment Award, supported by Nedbank – The uMngeni Municipality for the Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The partnership set out to create a unique heritage and cultural site that would mark the capture of Nelson Mandela in 1962 and boost the Midlands Meander tourist economy. The most visible aspect of the project is the large-scale sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli, which currently attracts up to 700 people a day.

Media Sponsorship Award – Ukhozi FM for the Unyaka Wesethembiso Season 2

Unyaka Wesethembiso is a joint venture between Ingede Consortium and Ukhozi FM where creative material is read live on Ukhozi FM allowing listeners thereof to pre-ampt the end of the story line using their creative thinking.

Single Strategic Project Award – Adidas Originals South Africa for I ART JOBURG

Presented by Adidas Originals  I ART JOBURG was a big wall mural project that took place in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

Small Business Award – Alexander Bar & Café – Alexander Upstairs

Alexander Upstairs is a flourishing microtheatre in central Cape Town made possible by the Alexander Bar & Café downstairs.

Sponsorship in Kind Award – Europcar for Clowns Without Borders South Africa

Europcar has provided thousands of miles of smiles to thousands of children and families through its sponsorship of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA).  Transport is one of the largest expenses in CWBSA’s work of bringing the arts to communities in southern Africa. As a result, CWBSA teams drive Europcar vehicles as they address issues such as HIV/AIDS, xenophobia, and gender based violence through their performing arts and arts-based educational workshops.

Youth Development Award – Sasol Limited for the South African National Youth Orchestra

Sasol’s commitment to the arts started in 1979 when it became a founding member of the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation (SANYOF). The pioneers of the then volunteer-based organisation taught 65 children under trees at the Hartebeespoort Dam. Sasol realised that it had the ability to make a positive impact by providing much needed infrastructure and organisational skills. With the help of Sasol, SANYOF has supported the development of South Africa’s young musicians for over half a century.

Youth Development Award – Rand Merchant Bank for the Durban Music School

Rand Merchant Bank has for the past seven years given funding to the Durban Music School. The school embarked on an ambitious project to teach 120 children from the Open Air School, which caters for physically disabled children, how to play a musical instrument. Rand Merchant Bank has covered the costs needed since then. The children perform in concerts at their school and at the Durban Music School.

Mentor of the Year, supported by Etana Insurance – Hilton Lawler for Assemblage

Assemblage works to assist artists to be more professional and business-minded in order to succeed and maintain their own careers. Assemblage received marketing and business strategy mentorship from Hilton Lawler in 2012. Hilton Lawler is a highly effective mentor and the organisation benefited hugely from his guidance, advice and input.

Diplomacy in the Arts

The Embassy of France for the France-South Africa Seasons

Art Champion Award

Jack Ginsberg

Chairman’s Premier Award

Distell Foundation

View the gallery of some of the winning projects: