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Brainstorm magazine is proud to continue in its mission of encouraging local artists by giving them a chance to compete in our annual calendar competition. Providing South Africa’s talented young creatives with a platform to shine, this project challenges them to take a brief from a top-end ICT organisation and turn it into something exciting, interesting and mind-blowingly original.

For the 2013 Brainstorm calendar, a shortlist of 25 artists has been identified. Clients are free to peruse the artists’ work and commission artworks from them. With mediums ranging from sculpture to beadwork, fashion design to oil on canvas, there are plenty of options to satisfy all tastes

Once a sponsorship has been taken, the client company gets to chose the artist from the shortlist, then brief them to create an original artwork interpreting the sponsor company's vision, business focus or ethos in an innovative and hugely creative way. Whatever the topic, be it virtualisation, mobility, or even a corporate social initiative, the artists will produce an artwork to represent that concept.

Not only do sponsors get a truly unique and original artwork symbolising a key component of their company’s mission or ethos, they also get the added benefit of having the artwork and some key data displayed on thousands of corporate desk tops all year round.

South Africa is bursting with artistic talent. Through the calendar project, Brainstorm and its generous corporate sponsors are helping to give the next generation of artists a platform on which to shine through the whole of 2013.

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The fifth annual Brainstorm Artists Calendar was launched at a glittering event at The Venue in Morningside.

It was an evening where corporate sponsors and local artists came together to view amazing pieces of artwork, and enjoy a night of mingling, laughing and even dancing to music by Duane Rockwell on the DJ decks, who was also the MC for the evening.

It was not an easy task to choose the winner and runner-up from all the commissioned pieces, but two lucky artists were chosen. A surprised and excited Vivien Kohler received the winning commission from platinum sponsor Internet Solutions to produce a piece for Vodacom. The runner-up was Geneve Eloff, who was sponsored by NetApp, and received a prize of R5000.