Barclays bank brings L’Atelier art competition to Botswana

Artworks showcased by local artists who entered L' Atelier art competition
Artworks showcased by local artists who entered L' Atelier art competition

Barclays bank has brought South Africa’s most prestigious art competition, L’Atelier, for the first time its 30-year history to Botswana.

This time around, the competition invited young and emerging artists from Botswana to showcase their talents internationally.  The five artists selected to compete in South Africa are Incubates Mpolokeng, Obed Mokhuhlani, Kumbulani Thubu, Botho David and Kefilwe Sentsho.

They will join other artists from Zambia, Ghana and Kenya, who join the competition for the first time, to battle it out for the grand prize.  Speaking during the Barclays Art Exhibition at the National Museum in Gaborone on Friday, Thapong Art Centre coordinator Reginald Bakwena said L’Atelier has had a significant impact on the lives of Batswana. “ Barclays Africa is privileged to be able to involve our artists in this continued tradition and extend it to young and emerging artists from other African countries,” he said.

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