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SA’s Most Supportive Contest For Emerging Creatives Joins Forces With The AVA Gallery For A First Thursdays Pop-Up Exhibition

South Africa’s most supportive contest for emerging creatives, The PPC Imaginarium Awards, will be hosting a pop-up show with its Western Cape finalists at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town from 1-5 March 2018. The show’s opening night will form part of the monthly exhibition walkabout First Thursdays. Members of the public are invited to visit the AVA Gallery to review a selection of art and design projects entered in the fashion, sculpture, jewellery and industrial design categories of the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards.

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First launched by the innovation department of the renowned cement company PPC Ltd, the annual PPC Imaginarium Awards 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. The AVA Gallery, which seeks to advance art in a variety of disciplines, provides the ideal platform for finalists to showcase their entries to the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards.

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Now in its fourth year, the PPC Imaginarium Awards 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 PPC Imaginarium Director Daniel van der Merwe.

The PPC Imaginarium Awards will host three pop-up exhibitions of finalists’ projects in March 2018. Hosted by established galleries in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, these shows reveal some of the top talent and creativity in South Africa’s art and design industries.

For more information on the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit


Gallery opening times: Tues-Fri: 10h00 – 17h00

Sat: 10h00 – 13h00

First Thursdays event opens at 18h00

Address: 35 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001.