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Artists submit works for Thapong Artist of the Year Award

The Thapong Artist of the Year Awards are some of the most prestigious awards in the art community and this year will be no different as artists from all pockets of the country have been encouraged to put their best works forward.

Although the dates for these awards have not yet been confirmed, coordinator at Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Reginald Bakwena, has encouraged artists to submit works before the 6th of November, “We have not yet confirmed a date for the awards but we are hoping to have them end of November.”


When responding to a question on whether Thapong has held workshops this year to prepare artists on expectations for the awards as is usually the norm, Bakwena revealed that though they were not able to host workshops for the artists, several members’ exhibitions have taken place to prepare artists. Submissions will be expected from the categories of painting, drawing, pottery and ceramics, sculpture, photography, beadwork, leatherwork and basket weaving.


He encouraged artists to submit a maximum of two works from each category. “The message has to be clear and it has to have a significant meaning, and also the type of material one picks for their work will go a long way in playing a part in the judges’ final assessment,” he said.

He also expressed that he was hoping that this year they will see better presentation in the works submitted and the artworks will be more thought-out. We want the titles to match the works and make sense. The story that they are trying to tell should have a rationale and be original. We don’t want an artist to submit the same work they submitted for the president’s day competition as that shows lack of creativity and laziness,” he said.


Bakwena further added that similarly to last year’s TAYA, they are hoping to export one of the judges so there is “a fresh eye” that understands regional and international trends in the art world.
“We want to encourage our artists to produce work that can sell in the international market and getting an established and reputable judge will help us achieve that goal.”

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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