We love it when great talent, hard work and vision are celebrated. Congratulations to Sarah Biggs, who has won the The Turbine Art Fair & Sylt Emerging Artist´s Residency Award (TASA) 2015. Take a look at her inspiring, dream-like works.

As well as showing her work at the next year’s Turbine Art Fair 2016, Sarah Biggs will take up her residency at the Sylt Foundation’s headquarters on the island of Sylt, Germany in early 2016.  

There is already an incredible confidence in Sarah’s work, described by the judges as ‘translucent and dreamlike…her work is a revival of the tradition of the Impressionists with a contemporary point of view.’

Gloaming, 2015. Oil on canvas_800 x 100 cm. Sarah Biggs

This Residency is awarded annually to an emerging artist living in South Africa as part of Turbine Art Fair and the Sylt Foundation’s Residency Programme. The award includes a 2-month’s residency on the Island of Sylt including a return airfare to Germany, a subsidised apartment with a generous allowance to cover her two month stay. How’s that for incentive?

With strong links to South Africa, the Sylt Foundation established this residency specifically for South African visual artists. Luminaries such as Strijdom van der Merwe, Jacki McInnes, Paul Emmanuel, Bernie Searle, Santu Mofokeng, Mary Sibande, have all previously benefited from this programme.

I feel so honoured and excited to be selected for this award. I am looking forward to spending my time on Sylt.

All the applications received were of a very high standard and were extremely strong contenders for tha award, making the judging panel’s task a difficult one. The five judges consisted of gallerist and art expert Warren Siebrits, artists Usha Seejarim and Andrew Tshabangu, the first TASA winner Stelamorago Mashilo and Glynis Hyslop, Managing Director, The Forum Company, organisers and sponsors of Turbine Art Fair.

Sylt Director, Indra Wussow, says:

I am really excited that this year’s winner Sarah Biggs will have the chance to engage with the delicate nature of the island through her art and am sure she will profit from the time on Sylt.

Sarah Briggs | Elle Decoration South Africa
Outcrop 2014. Oil on canvas. 600x1000mm, Sarah Briggs

We too hope that Bruggs will be very inspired by her time at Sylt and the island’s maritime environment of colours and seascapes and the very rich history of the German Impressionists.

For more information, visit turbineartfair.co.za | syltfoundation.com