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Ava Gallery hosts Western Cape winners and finalists of PPC Imaginarium Awards 2019

South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will exhibit the work of its Western Cape Winners and Finalists at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town from 6-26 June 2019. The exhibition will open from 18h00 on Thursday the 6th of June and will form part of the popular First Thursdays circuit in the inner city. 

PPC_Imageneriam0106_Jon-Peer_commendation_industrialVisitors to the exhibition are encouraged to engage with the diverse range of art and design works from the competition’s various entry categories, namely, Fashion, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film and Architecture. Entries into the PPC Imaginarium Awards must aim to express innovation through the medium of concrete.

PPC_Imageneriam0010_Joani_CommendationjeweleryAlthough there were no Film or Architecture Finalists from the Western Cape, on the whole, the region fared well in the competition, with 14 out of 67 national Finalists hailing from the Cape, from which four Winners were selected. Notably, Cheryl Traub Adler received the runner-up award in the Fashion category for a conceptual garment titled My Mother’s Dress; Joani Groenewald was the runner-up in the Jewellery category for a ring called Keree 3; Jon-Peer Bouwer was the runner-up in the Industrial Design category for his Lime Light pendant; and Jomar Dreyer was the national winner of the Industrial Design category for his gravity-defying and fully operational Vertical Concrete Record Player.

PPC_Imageneriam0100_Jomar_winner_industrialThe AVA exhibition will include all the works of the Western Cape Finalists and the pieces will be available for sale from the gallery. The participating artists and designers include Bronte McDonald, Dean Louw, Ingrid and Ryan Roberts, Lene Swartz, Lianne Tyler, Petra Thorsen, Tangeni Kambudu, Tendai Gava and Thunk Design.

_A2A0026cheryl_commendation_fashionSince launching in South Africa six years ago in 2014, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has highlighted top emerging talent. The prestigious competition extended its reach from South Africa to Zimbabwe in 2018 and ran its second PPC Imaginarium Awards in Zimbabwe in 2019.

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Exhibition opens: 6 June 2019

Exhibition closes: 26 June 2019

Gallery opening times: Closed on Mondays

Tues-Fri: 10h00 – 17h00

Sat: 10h00 – 13h00

First Thursdays event opens at 18h00   

Gallery address: 35 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town 8001