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Following the resounding success of the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2015/16 – where a total of forty-seven regional finalists were selected to exhibit (compared to the previous year’s tally of twenty-one finalists), the official Call to Entry for the third edition of the awards is now live. Un-established artists and designers stand a chance to change their careers through financial support, recognition, mentorship and guidance by entering the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016/17.

AA Newsletter July28 PPC11August de Wet, Industrial Design category winner 2015/16. All images courtesy of the PPC Imaginarium.

Having evolved from the longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, the PPC Imaginarium encourages artists and designers to create and express their abilities using Portland cement-based concrete as a primary base or material. The competition will feature six disciplines in the arts and design fields. These disciplines are sculpture, jewellery, architecture, film, industrial and fashion design.

AA Newsletter July28 PPC 3Kyle Goulden, detail of The Catalyst poster. Film Category Winner 2015/16.

Boasting prize money to the value of half a million Rand, each category winner stands a chance to win R50 000, while runner-up contestants receive R15 000. The overall competition winner will receive the grand prize of R100 000 at the winners’ exhibition in 2017.

The PPC Imaginarium Awards are open to South African citizens, resident holders as well as foreign students with study permits, who are not professionally established in their respective fields. Artists and designers may enter multiple categories, with an original artwork for each category. Team submissions and collaborations will be accepted. Entries close on Friday, 30 September 2016.

AA Newsletter July28 PPC 1Hester Erasmus, Fashion Category Winner 2015/16.

The winners in each competition category will be announced in March 2017 and their work will be on display at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park. The overall competition winner announcement will take place in April 2017. All finalists’ entries will be showcased in a travelling exhibition professionally transported by Stuttafords Van Lines.

AA Newsletter July28 PPC 2Janna Kruger, Sculpture Category Winner 2015/16.

For more information about the PPC Imaginarium Awards or to view the digital gallery of the 2015/2016 finalists’ work, visit: www.ppcimaginarium.co.za

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