BASA Award nominees

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The 2017 BASA Award nominees at Arcadia, Hollard, Johannesburg.

 

One of the most exciting things for the arts is the formation of a sponsoring partnership with a corporate sponsor.  The BASA Awards are based on the premise of drawing attention to these corporate sponsors, and acknowledging the role they play in developing and nurturing the arts in South Africa.

The BASA Awards have been going for two decades now, with these being the 20th time they are being presented.  There were over 100 nominations from the public, and the judging panel selected just 44 nominees in 11 categories.

One of the things that I find amazing is how many of the nominees partner with projects about which I know nothing.  This is absolute proof of the fact that there are a lot of good things happening “out there” that somehow don’t make the news.

It is important to note that it is the sponsor that wins the Award, not the project, although  the stakeholders in the project all, quite naturally, want their sponsor to win.

Here is a list of the nominees:

Innovation Award – This Award recognises the most innovative and progressive partnership in all mediums of creativity; one that served all partners’ purposes effectively between January and December 2016, and highlighted creativity and originality in the process.

  • Anglo American South Africa & Drama for Life for Unravelling HIV/AIDS Through Real Stories Project
  • Friends of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) – Marianne Fassler and breinstorm BA- for The Evidence of Things Not Seen exhibition and Visible Tones online and social media public participation project
  • Paramount Group & The Ichikowitz Family Foundation for #IAMCONSTITUTION Campaign
  • Quality Beverages & Eddy Cassar Public Relations and Promotions for The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

First Time Sponsor Award – This Award is for a business supporting the arts for the first time, regardless of size, budget, whether it is CSI, marketing, HR, BBE or other.

  • Top Seven (Pty) Ltd T/A Benon Lutaaya & Bag Factory Artists’ Studios for Young Female Residency Award
  • Environmental Assurance (Pty) Ltd (ENVASS) for iThemba Tower
  • Flanagan & Gerard Investments (Pty) Ltd & The Coloured Cube for Springs Mall Artwork Project
  • GE Africa Innovation Centre & CulArt Productions for Paragon Architects and GE Sub Saharan Africa for GE Africa Innovation Centre Localisation and Industrial Design

Increasing Access to the Arts Award – This Award celebrates a partnership that has encouraged specific audience engagement with the arts or has made a significant contribution to brand, market and audience development, while still promoting the business through above-the-line media or a partnership that has made a significant contribution to regeneration or sustainable growth, through a marketing and CSI budget or other.

  • Friends of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) – Marianne Fassler and breinstorm BA for The Evidence of Things Not Seen exhibition and Visible Tones online and social media public participation project
  • Mathews and Associates Architects cc & Cool Captial for Cool Capital #saadjies
  • Rand Merchant Bank & ASSITEJ SA for Kickstarter Creative Arts Project
  • SA Taxi Foundation for SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Beyond Borders Partnership Award – Awarded to a global-level partnership that builds brand reputation and audience for both the business and arts organisations across international borders through an event or marketing project showcasing SA to Africa and the rest of the world, and/or bringing international arts projects to South Africa.

  • BNP Paribas (Incorporated in France) & Black Tie Ensemble Trust t/a Gauteng Opera for BNP Paribas Dream Up Project for Gauteng Opera Academy
  • French Institute South Africa & Dance Forum for DANCE UMBRELLA 2016: TOYI TOYI
  • Saint-Gobain Construction Products South Africa for Africa Architecture Awards
  • The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited for Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning Exhibition

Long Term Partnership Award – A company which has significantly developed and expanded its commitment to an arts project over three years or longer. The value to the arts project, the broader community and the business, must be apparent.

  • M-Net and DStv & The Cape Town Carnival Trust for The Cape Town Carnival
  • PPC Ltd for PPC Imaginarium
  • Rand Merchant Bank & Mzansi Youth Choir Foundation for RMB/Mzansi Youth Choir Collaboration – Collaborating for a Creative Economy
  • Sasol & Association of Arts Pretoria for Sasol New Signatures

Media Sponsorship Award – For consistent and innovative support given by electronic, print, broadcast and web based media.

  • ABSA & Parts & Labour for Drawings in the Sky
  • DeskLink Media / Creative Feel & Vuyani Dance Theatre for Joys of Sharing
  • M-Net and DStv & The Cape Town Carnival Trust for The Cape Town Carnival
  • New Pan Hellenic Voice & Artsvark for Arts Podcasts

Strategic Project Award – For outstanding initiative, with best use of a project, which is an integral part of the business’ strategy.

  • GE Africa Innovation Centre & CulArt Productions for Paragon Architects and GE Sub Saharan Africa for GE Africa Innovation Centre Localisation and Industrial Design
  • Johannesburg Development Agency for My-Alex – Youth Perception of Place
  • Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd & Yellowwoods Art for Nando’s Artists Society
  • Rand Merchant Bank & Mzansi Youth Choir Foundation for RMB/Mzansi Youth Choir Collaboration – Collaborating for a Creative Economy

Small Business Award – For vital support given to the arts by a small company with up to 200 hundred full-time employees and an annual turnover of no more than R10 million.

  • CN&CO for CN&CO&TheArts
  • Mathews and Associates Architects cc & Cool Capital for Cool Capital #saadjies
  • Sinnovile Fabrics T/A Blue Label Yarn for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day

Sponsorship In Kind Award – For a company giving a quantifiable non-monetary support to the arts.

  • Air France & French Institute South Africa for Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning Exhibition
  • Classic FM South Africa (Pty) Ltd & The Buskaid Trust for The Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble’s Annual Concert in the Linder  
  • De Rust Wine Estate for Hope@PaulCluver
  • Event Alchemy & Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa for On The Move
  • Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company & The Naledi Theatre Awards for The 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards

Development Award – For projects with an implicit educational and development element.

  • MTN SA Foundation & NWU Gallery for Art Safari for Kids
  • Rand Merchant Bank & ASSITEJ SA for Kickstarter Creative Arts Project
  • Rand Merchant Bank & Drama for Life for Drama for Life Mvuso Schools and Community Education Project
  • Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA)& Puku Children’s Literature Foundation for Puku Afri-kids Story Festival

Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank – For business support of arts and culture projects which contribute towards the growth of communities and jobs, and support the opportunities provided by local tourism.

  • Cape Town Tourism for Maboneng Township Arts Experience
  • Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel & The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative for My Body My Space Public Arts Festival 2016
  • Joburg Property Company & Gallery Momo & The Trinity Session for Council Chamber of Totems Public Art Competition.

I extend my personal congratulations to each of these nominees, as well as to the projects being supported.  If you don’t win, always remember that the arts did win because of you. Thank you.

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About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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