Excitement is mounting for the biggest student art competition of the Overstrand region, with several art awards up for grabs. Sumaridge will once again host the Violet & Anne Bellingham Award prize giving on Saturday 15 of June from 17:30 – 20:00 at the tasting room on the estate.

This year members of the public have the opportunity to participate in the competition by voting for their favourite work of art. The winner in this category will be awarded a Public Choice Award, in addition to the other prizes.

The students’ artworks have been on display since 8 June, so you still have time to visit Sumaridge up until 18:00 on Saturday 15 June and vote for your choice while sipping on a delicious glass of wine at the tasting room, which enjoys one of the most beautiful settings in Hemel-en-Aarde.

Entries from most schools in the area have poured in this year from grade 9 – 12 students. The vision of the Violet & Anne Bellingham Art Award is to become even more inclusive and the public participation is essential for the success of this event, so get out there and vote.

Arts, sports and culture are the indicators of a society’s state of mental health, and although the Overberg has suffered recent setbacks, including devastating wildfires, unrest and general economic insecurities, the arts, sports and culture have become even more of a vehicle for forging unity and cooperation between our different communities and cultures, lifestyles and ages.

“This award ceremony is not only aimed at discovering, encouraging and rewarding artistic talent among our local youth, but also to build bridges between communities and people of different cultures, races, ages, and lifestyles,” says one of the organisers, Jozua Rossouw. “The one thing that brings people together in a multi-cultural society like ours, is the love of art.”

Sumaridge is proud to invite you to join in this celebration of youthful creativity. To attend this very special event, please RSVP at sylvester@sumaridge.co.za or call 028 312 1097.

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