Thandiwe Msebenzi is one of the three artists who have been awarded a coveted 2014/2015 Tierney Fellowship. Msebenzi, who obtained her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town in 2014, is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Visual Arts), at the UCT School of Education.
Established in 2003 by the Tierney Family Foundation, the international Tierney Fellowship aims to discover and support the best, young emerging artists in the field of photography. Tierney Fellows receive a cash grant as well as ongoing guidance from a mentor so that they can develop a complete body of work towards a professional exhibition. The term of the Fellowship is one year. Msebenzi is mentored by UCT senior lecturers, Jean Brundrit and Svea Josephy. Humanities News asked this high-achiever and Dean’s Merit List recipient to share her story as well as her thoughts on the significance of the award.