Ashraf Jamal








Ashraf Jamal is a Cape Town-based academic, writer and cultural theorist.


He is a Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, and teaches in the Media Studies Programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.








Jake Michael Singer is a Johannesburg based artist who experiments with a broad range of disciplines from photography to works on paper, and commands an exquisite mastery of sculpture.


Jake Michael Singer completed his bachelor’s at Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013, after deepening his learning over the course of 2012 at Central Saint Martins in London.


He was recognised by the Eduardo Villa Foundation Grant both in 2016 and 2017, the youngest sculptor yet awarded this. His work features in collections both locally and abroad.


Jake Michael Singer

Azu Nwagbogu








Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria.


Nwagbogu was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019.


He also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos.


He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art.










Carolynne Waterhouse has been Brand Manager for RMB for over 20 years. 


In this time she has spearheaded many cultural projects and initiatives and has been instrumental in RMB's generous patronage of the arts.


Carolynne Waterhouse

Bettina Nampé








Bettina Nampé is a representatuve of the Quartier am Hafen, the biggest independent artist studio houses in Cologne, Germany, who are generously supporting the prize.

It considers itself as a place for interdisciplinary dialog and exchange.


Besides 86 artist studios of all kinds of art disciplines, it opens to the public with dance showings, performances, concerts, presentations, lectures and four times a year the exhibition space, Q18, shows funded exhibitions of external artists.








Frank Schönau is the owner and director of THK Gallery, a dynamic young gallery focused on contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora.

Schönau is a recognised photographer and collector and aims to showcase work by emerging and established artists who present alternative perspectives to the status quo. 


Situated in the heart of Cape Town, THK Gallery presents exhibitions which challenge the audience, broaden the art horizon, and create new ways of seeing and thinking.

Frank Schönau

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