The PPC brand is synonymous with Art, Design and Innovation, and the announcement event of the PPC Imaginarium Awards encompassed all of the above. Held at the UJ Arts Gallery in Auckland Park on 22nd January 2015, the place was abuzz with vibrant folk who gathered to celebrate the talent that these awards has unearthed.
The PPC Imaginarium Awards are about exposing and supporting artistic talent in South Africa. These annual awards aim to showcase some of the best creative minds in the country. Over the past century, the PPC brand has been popularly known not only as a leading cement supplier in the Southern Hemisphere but also as an innovative company that supports the advancement of art, design and innovation.
The Awards programme focuses on six Art and Design categories: Sculpture, Jewellery, Industrial Design, Film, Architecture and Fashion. The designers were tasked to express their artistic talents using Portland Cement-based concrete as a primary inspiration or material.The finalists got to exhibit their work and had all of us in awe. Their designs were edgy, creative and unconventional. This Award Programme is unique in its combination of offering financial benefits, mentoring, workshops, exhibition opportunities and promotion in the media as well as allowing for online exposure and sales.
The first Imaginarium Awards exhibition consists of the work of the 96 finalists selected nationally from 477 shortlisted submissions. Winners in each category received a cash prize of R50 000.00. The exhibition which is organised and curated in partnership with the University of Johannesburg was opened to the public on Friday 23 January and will remain open till Friday 13 February 2015. Educational talks on Innovation and Creativity by thought leaders in the world of design and tours of the exhibition will be offered to Schools and universities.
The exhibition will be on public display at the Design Indaba, ICCCT, and Cape Town for the duration of the Design Indaba Expo from 27 February until 1 March 2015. A preview cocktail function is organised by the Design Indaba for the evening of Thursday 26 February. During this event the overall PPC Imaginarium winner will be announced and a cash prize of R100 000.00 awarded.
The final exhibition is in collaboration with the Young Blood Gallery at 70 Bree Street, Cape Town. It will open as part of the First Thursday CT activities on Thursday 5 March and will be open to public viewing until Saturday 21 March 2015.
o Winner – Cape Town – Ayanda Ntsingana
o Runner-up – Durban – Phelelani Mthembu
o Merit Award – Gauteng – Taswald Pillay
o Winner – Durban – Anri and Andre Coetzee
o Runner-up – Cape Town – Rowen Smith & Roland Reed
o Merit Award for Cinematography – Durban – Sumaiya Bhayat
o Winner – Stellenbosch – Bokong Lehobe
o Runner-up – Stellenbosch – Mishka Lombardi
o Merit Awards – Port Elizabeth – Luxolo Jita
- Industrial Design
o Winner – Johannesburg – Bolton, Martin and Tyndall Craig
o Runner-up – Pretoria – Riaan Diederichs
o Winner – Pretoria – Chris van Rensburg
o Runner-up – Pretoria – Sunet Ferreira
o Merit award – Pretoria – Denise Andrews
- Sculpture Winner
o Winner – Durban – Chiliza Mhlonishwa,
o Runner-up – Stellenbosch – Lee Burgers,
o Merit award – Pretoria’s – Bosman Karma.