PPC Ltd has just announced the winners of the inaugural PPC Imaginarium Awards on Thursday January 22, 2015. Cementing its position as one of the largest and most exciting promoters and patrons of the arts and design in South Africa, PPC Ltd a company that has previously been awarded for its innovation and support of the arts; through the PPC Imaginarium Awards, aim to establish the winning designers as leaders in their field.
With an astonishing competition entry number of 477 country wide, the winners of the six categories (film, industrial design, fashion, jewellery, architecture and sculpture) were carefully selected and their work showcased at the UJ Gallery.
The winners in the six categories are Ayanda Ntsingana for an architectural piece entitled ‘Laingsburg Public Pool’; Bokang Lehobe for a fashion piece named ‘The beast we call fashion’, Anri and Andre Coetzee for film called “Lilith: Genesis”, Martin Bolton and Craig Tyndall for an industrial design entitled ‘Concrete T L speaker’, Chris van Rensburg for jewellery piece called ‘Solid curves’ and Mhlonishwa Chiliza for a sculptured piece entitled ‘Dreaming in hopelessness”.
The PPC Imaginarium second place contestants in each category include an industrial design by Riaan Coetzee and Bronwyn Fumo entitled “Klondyke”, “Flux”, a film by Rowen Smith and Roland Reed Mishka Lombardi for fashion, Sunet Ferreira for her jewellery piece named ‘Carved’, Phelelani Mthembu for his architectural piece entitled ‘Durban History Museum” and finally Lee Burgers for a sculpture called “No man is an island”.
Merit awards were handed out in five of the six categories. Category winners include Sumaiya Bhayat for her film entitled “Shepstone”, Luxolo Jita for fashion design “ Life”, Denise Andrews for a jewellery piece called “We built this city”, Taswald Pillay for architectural piece named ‘Zandspruit Learning Centre” and finally Karma Bosman for sculptured worked entitled “ Black hole duality”.
Judged by a super jury of leading industry personalities, each category winner receives R50 000 while the runner–up walks away with R15 000. Each category winner stands a further chance to receive the overall grand prize of R100 000. In addition to the monetary incentives, category winners received opportunities and mentorship from various thought leaders in their respective industries. These leaders includes trend forecaster Dion Chang; writer and film director Hanneke Schutte; renowned artist and printmaker Diane Victor; architects Mokena Makeka and Ora Joubert; Adriaan Hugo, industrial designer; Wessel van Huyessteen, documentary filmmaker; and contemporary jewellery designer Marchand van Tonder; among others.
The winning designs will be on display at the Design Indaba in Cape Town ( 27 Feb – 01 March 2015 ) and thereafter the overall PPC Imaginarium winner will be announced at the Young Blood Art Gallery in Cape Town on March 05, 2015 forming part of the Mother City’s popular ‘First Thursdays’ event.
For more information about the PPC Imaginarium Awards visit: www.ppcimaginarium.co.za