A total of 55 finalists from across South Africa have been chosen to move on to the prestigious national judging round of the PPC Imaginarium Awards. This year saw a record number of entries into the competition with an impressive 869 registered entries received, exceeding last year’s total of 698 entrants.

The finalists were chosen from the competition’s various categories, namely, film, industrial design, sculpture, fashion and jewellery (the architecture entries are still in the process of being judged). The overall winner, category winners and runners-up will be announced on 18 May 2017 at the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg. The overall winner will walk away with a total cash prize of R150 000, while category winners and runners-up will each be awarded R50 000 and R15 000 respectively.

A prestigious panel of judges was made up of industry experts, including the likes of well-known architect and director of the awards, Daniel van der Merwe, fashion and design consultant Allana Finley, visual artist Stephen Hobbs, steemed fine artist Mary Sibande, award-winning filmmaker Wessel van Huyssteen and Gallery MOMO Cape Town director Igsaan Martin.

“There was a noticeable progression of the physical submissions this year,” says Martin. “It is evident that entrants are researching the limitations of concrete and delivering this knowledge within their artworks. The outcome was innovative submissions that are of exceptional quality.”

Finley adds to this, saying: “I was impressed by the inventiveness of works submitted during the awards’ 2016/2017 cycle. It was inspiring to witness the way in which entrants incorporated the medium of concrete into their submissions and were able to do so across PPC Imaginarium’s various categories. I was excited to find that a big portion of the entries were commercially viable and globally relevant, which is an important aspect to consider with a global partner like PPC Ltd.”

As a project of the innovation department of PPC Ltd, the PPC Imaginarium Awards challenges artists and designers to express their creative abilities using cement as the primary medium, which always results in an array of exciting and imaginative works that truly demonstrate the versatility and unexpected beauty of concrete.

The finalists’ work will be on show at a number of galleries and events across the country including 100% Design South Africa, the Turbine Art Fair and the KZNSA Gallery, in addition to the exhibition at the UJ Art Gallery. This travelling showcase, supported by Stuttaford Van Lines, will see the finalists’ work gain widespread industry and public exposure.   

Mathew Davey, Industrial Design | Retha Snyder, Fashion
Kenan Peterson, Jewellery
Ivan Brown, Industrial Design
Handre De Le Rey, Industrial Design


The list of the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016/2017 finalists, classified per category, is as follows:

Stefanus Nel
Berdene du Toit
Thabo Molebatsi

Jano Myburgh
Ryan Roberts and Ingrid Jones Roberts
Antony Spence
Ivan Brown
Matthew Davey
Deon de Lange
David Gray
Yolande Berdine van der Merwe
Sonja Zytkow and Geoffrey Hunt
Josua Strumpfer
Handre de la Rey

Dries Fourie
Luke Ducray
Campbell Lak
Kim Mobey
Kenan Petersen
Ryan Roberts and Ingrid Jones Roberts
Mhlonishwa Chiliza
Wonder Shangase
Hannah Kempe
Lebogang Mabusela
Mziwoxolo Makalima
Sonwabiso Ngcai
Chantelle Chambers
Pierre du Plessis
Steven Xitina Khosa

Cara Jade Bezuidenhout
Janine Potts
Tshepo Sizwe Phokojoe
Retha Snyders
Cleo Sophie Spiller

Elmarie Burger
Christine Botha
Ryan Roberts and Ingrid Jones Roberts
Priscilla Brown
Aleks Ashton
Deon de Lange
Geraldine Fenn
Manuel Mpho Helepi
Tshegofatso Makgatho
Nkosinathi Mhlongo
Lydia-Comfort Ntakanyane Molaba
Thato Radebe
Jessica Roetz
Rela Venter
Zanele Vilakazi
Sonja Zytkow
Gabrielle Lourens
Zanele Abigail Shongwe

For more information on the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit www.ppcimaginarium.co.za.


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