The Helgaard Steyn Awards have been offered annually since 1987 for exceptional works of art created in the preceding four years. The award is offered on a rotating basis for composition, painting, Afrikaans literature and sculpture. This year, the award will again be presented to a South African composer of art music (“serious music”) for a work or works that had been composed in 2010-2013 and have also been performed in public, or broadcast on radio or television, or commercially recorded during that time period.
Although the exact amount of this year’s award is not yet known, the prize money for last year’s award (for sculpture) was R500,000, which makes it the biggest art prize in South Africa by far. Previous recipients of the award for composition were Hans Huyssen (2010), Roelof Temmingh (2006, 2002, 1990), Stefans Grové (1998) and Peter Klatzow (1994).
This year’s award is administered by die School of Music, North-West University in collaboration with the Helgaard Steyn Trust. The closing date for entries is Friday 1 August 2014 and there is no limit on the number of works that can be entered. All entries will be adjudicated anonymously and the announcement of the recipient is expected during October.