Looking for a way to spend Human Rights Day? Interested in seeing the Eastern Cape’s newest artistic and design talent? Head to Nelson Mandela University Bird Street Gallery in Port Elizabeth on 21 March 2019 at 18h00 where work by entrants into South Africa’s most supportive awards programme for emerging creatives, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will be on display. 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 NMU’s ethos of exposure and representation, the East Coast gallery continues to include open shows in its annual exhibition calendar to provide opportunities for unestablished artists. The NMU Gallery’s 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.
“We want to continue to build, support and grow the creative industries and those who are part of it!” says the awards programme director Daniel van der Merwe of PPC Ltd.
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 fifth 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 R520 000, entrants into the 2019 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 the competition’s appeal and representation, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has judging stations across South Africa, including in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
For more information on the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit www.ppcimaginarium.co.za .
For more information on NMU Gallery visit https://birdstreetgallery.mandela.ac.za/ .