South Africa’s most supportive contest for emerging creatives, The PPC Imaginarium Awards, will be hosting a pop-up show with its Eastern Cape finalists at the artEC Community Art Centre in Port Elizabeth. The exhibition is open to the public and will run from 6-8 March 2018. The show features a range of artworks that have been entered into the annual PPC Imaginarium Awards in the categories of fashion, sculpture, jewellery and industrial design.
In keeping with its ethos of exposure and representation, artEC continues to include open shows in its annual exhibition calendar to provide opportunities for unestablished artists. Their ethos aligns with The PPC Imaginarium’s vision in its attempt to nurture, promote and establish young artists and designers as leaders in their respective fields.
First launched by the innovation department of the renowned cement company PPC Ltd, the PPC Imaginarium is an art-and-design competition that challenges emerging artists and designers to demonstrate their knack for innovation by incorporating concrete into their respective disciplines.
Now in its fourth year, the PPC Imaginarium has established itself firmly as South Africa’s top career-launching platform for up-and-coming artists and designers. With a cash prize totaling R500 000, entrants of the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards have a strong incentive to win or be a runner-up in their categories. With that said, entrants will receive wide exposure and be mentored throughout the process. Finalists have the auspicious honour of exhibiting at several major events and galleries – including the Turbine Art Fair and 100% Design South Africa – in the annual travelling exhibition of the PPC Imaginarium Awards.
To expand both their appeal and representation, the PPC Imaginarium Awards have judging stations across South Africa, including in Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. “We want to continue to build, support and grow the creative industries and those who are part of it!” says Director Daniel van der Merwe.
The PPC Imaginarium will host three pop-up exhibitions of Awards finalists in March 2018. Hosted by the artEC Community Art Centre, the PE pop-up show gives Eastern Cape finalists the chance to live up to the skill, talent and creativity that the PPC Imaginarium has come to command in its entries.