South Africa’s biggest art and design prize is calling for entries from emerging artists! The PPC Imaginarium Awards encourages creatives across the disciplines of industrial design, jewellery design, film, sculpture, architecture and fashion to showcase their most cutting-edge design thinking by using Portland cement as their primary medium. The awards place emphasis on innovation – a criterion that has resulted in dynamic and progressive works that truly push the limits of cement and excite the imagination.
If you think you’ve got what it takes then it’s time to get to work and submit your entry by Friday, 30 September 2016. Entries are open to South African citizens, resident holders, and foreign students with study permits who are not yet professionally established in their fields. Artists and designers can enter multiple categories, with an original work for each category. Team submissions and collaborations will also be accepted.
The grand prize winner, to be announced in April 2017, will take home R100 000 in cash. In addition, each of the category winners stands to win R50 000 and runner-up’s will be awarded R15 000. Winners in each category will be announced in March 2017 and their work will be on display at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park. This year the finalists’ entries will be showcased in a travelling exhibition professionally transported by Stuttafords Van Lines.
The PPC Imaginarium Awards offers artists the chance to receive financial support, mentorship and recognition from peers, as well as a wider artistic and business community. Last year out of 47 regional finalists, only 6 winners were selected. Hester Erasmus won for fashion, August de Wet for industrial design, Janna Kruger for sculpture, Kyle Goulden for film, and Mignon Daubermann placed first in the jewellery category while also being named the overall winner for her finely crafted anatomy-inspired rings.
To register and stand a chance of becoming the next PPC Imaginarium winner, submit your entry via their website.