THE 2017 PPC IMAGINARIUM AWARDS REVEALS ITS OVERALL WINNER, CATEGORY WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP
South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, announced its Overall Winner, Category Winners and Runners-up at a gala event hosted on 18 May 2017 at the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg. The winners were selected from the competition’s 55 finalists who submitted their concrete art and design works across the categories of Sculpture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery and Film. (No Architecture submissions made it to the finalist round this year).
This year, emerging artist Mziwoxolo Makalima impressed the judges with his thought-provoking sculpture submission titled “Doubt-Queuing”, securing him the prestigious titles of 2017 PPC Imaginarium Overall Winner and Sculpture Category Winner, as well as a total cash prize of R150 000.
The 2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards’ Category Winners and Runners-up, classified per category, are as follows:
Overall Winner and Category Winner: Mziwoxolo Makalima – “Doubt-Queuing”
Runner-up: Sonwabiso Ngcai – “Emweka”
Category Winner: Handre de la Rey – “CS Project”
Runner-up: Deon de Lange – “Kilroy”
Category Winner: Cara Jade Bezuidenhout – “Concrete Journey”
Runner-up: Tshepo Sizwe Phokojoe – “Dawn of a new epoch”
Category Winner: Zanele Vilakazi – “Alphga”
Runner-up: Aleks Ashton – “Cyberglyph”
Category Winner: Stefanus Nel – “Ben’s Ladder”
Runner-up: There was no 2017 Film Runner-up
The 2017 winners were selected by a formidable panel of industry heavyweights, including architect and director of the awards, Daniel van der Merwe, fashion and design consultant Allana Finley and well-known curators Stephen Hobbs and Zanele Mashumi.
A project of the innovation department of PPC Ltd, the PPC Imaginarium Awards encourages the ingenious use of Portland-based cement across the competition’s various categories. It serves as a platform for highlighting exceptional South African creative talent and assisting emerging artists and designers to launch their careers. A winner of several BASA Awards, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has cemented PPC Ltd as a benevolent supporter of art and design in South Africa.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to view and engage with the finalists’ works, including works by the Overall Winner, Category Winners and Runners-up, during a nationwide travelling exhibition. The showcase includes a variety of auspicious galleries and events across the country, such as 100% Design South Africa in Johannesburg, the KZNSA Gallery in Durban and The AVA Gallery in Cape Town.
To stand a chance of winning a share of R500 000 in cash prizes and kick-starting your career, enter the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards in one of the competition’s six categories, namely, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery, Film and Architecture. Entries officially opened on 18 May 2017. For more information on the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit www.ppcimaginarium.co.za.
ABOUT THE PPC IMAGINARIUM AWARDS:
In 2014, PPC extended its existing sculpture, fine art and industrial design competition (The Young Concrete Sculptor Awards) to include the creative disciplines of jewellery design, fashion design, architecture and film to form the PPC Imaginarium Awards. This ambitious art and design competition aims to provide emerging artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their talents through the medium of concrete.