Spier wins BASA Chairman's Premier Award

August 2014

In August 2014, Spier was awarded the prestigious Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Chairman’s Premier Award.

For their sustained and extraordinary commitment to the arts in South Africa, Spier was awarded the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Chairman’s Premier Award in 2014. This award is made at the discretion of the BASA Chairman, and only during years when nominees are deemed exceptional.

Spier was one of twelve diverse business and arts partnerships honoured at the 17th Business Day BASA Awards, held at Johannesburg’s historic Market Theatre.

Business and Arts South Africa is an internationally recognised South African development agency that encourages mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts, contributing to corporate success and securing the future development of the arts industry in South Africa. The BASA Awards, jointly sponsored by Business Day, Business and Arts South Africa and partnered by Hollard, recognise and encourage excellence and innovation in the field of business support for the arts.

The Chairman's Premier Award serves as welcome acknowledgement of Spier's significant impact on the arts in Africa – they have been actively involved with the arts since 1996, as demonstrated by their extensive art collection, as well as the numerous art initiatives which they support.

One of these initiatives, the Spier Arts Academy, is no stranger to accolades – they have received three awards in previous years (two BASA and one from the British Association of Modern Mosaic), for 'Rat Race' by Marlise Keith and 'Coming to the City' by Clive van den Berg.

"Spier strives to find ways to support and stimulate the arts community in South Africa, supporting projects that acknowledge our African arts heritage, protecting its legacy and contributing to its future," says CEO Andrew Milne.