Calendar Launch

Art talks tech

Celebrating talent and innovation

Calendar Launch 2015

Technology has its own language – art too; languages that usually exist in parallel universes. Brainstorm's annual calendar unites the two, creating a new lingua franca between the worlds. The emerging artists' creativity is tested by finding a way to express the essence of South Africa's leading technology brands. This year, they rose to the challenge and exceeded all expectations.

On 2 December 2015, the creations were showcased, celebrated, and judged at the launch of the 2015 calendar at The Forum in Bryanston. MCed by radio personality and techie Aki Anasatasiou, the event was enjoyed by the industry's elite as an end-of-year, art-appreciation and networking celebration.

The video presentations gave the guests a glimpse into the lives of the artists, who stood in anticipation as judges Dr Fred Scott, Gordon Froud and Tshifiwa Ramathuga set about choosing the winners of the evening. Poorvi Bhana, commissioned by EMC, took first prize, while Danelle Janse van Rensburg, who was commissioned by Hitachi Data Systems, came second.

The calendar was well-received by Brainstorm's readers when it appeared in the January edition.

  • January – MTN (Artist: Ossie Dowery)
  • February – Vodacom (Artist) Michael Selkane)
  • March – Accenture/Avanade/Microsoft (Artist: Hloai Mahlope)
  • April – IBM (Artist: Mandla Mavengere)
  • May – Hitachi Data Systems (Artist: Danelle Janse van Rensburg)
  • June – Westcon (Artist: Marina Walsh)
  • July – Neotel (Artist: Vicky Riley)
  • August – Telkom (Artist: Mmathabiso Thelma Mokubetsi)
  • September – EMC (Artist: Poorvi Bhana)
  • October – Telkom Business (Artist: Obakeng Isaac Megkwe)
  • November – IBM First Distribution (Artist: Leanne Olivier)
  • December – HP (Artist: Marileen van Wyk)

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When art meets business

For the fifth successive year, Brainstorm magazine hosted a glamorous

Calendar Launch 2014

Bringing together the worlds of ICT and art, the Brainstorm calendar 2014 launch was held at Katy's Palace Bar in Kramerville on December 3, 2013. Guests enjoyed spectacular vistas of Sandton while catching up with colleagues and friends and sampling the delicious canapés. But, the stars of the evening were undoubtedly the artworks commissioned by the various companies.

ITWeb Brainstorm magazine launched the calendar initiative in 2008, to give local creative talent the opportunity and platform to produce customised artworks for major ICT companies. The beauty of this initiative is that local talent is recognised in a big way, and the sponsoring company ends up with a unique artwork specific to its personality or offerings in the ICT space.

On the night, MC Duane Rockwell kept things flowing smoothly, introducing the various artworks and delivering a short biography of the artists. Then a panel of judges decided on the winner, as well as second and third place runners-up. Gabrielle Smith nabbed the first prize of a R25 000 commission, sponsored by Neotel. Second place when to Abongwe Mlamla, who received a R5 000 cash prize, sponsored by HP, while third prize went to Claire van der Watt, who was sponsored by IBM.

Brainstorm would like to congratulate the winner, runners-up, and, in fact, everyone who took part in this worthwhile project. A special thanks goes to the calendar's platinum sponsor, Internet Solutions.

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