South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will exhibit a selection of the finalists’ work at the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg from 12-15 July 2018. The exhibition will include entries across the six categories – namely film, fashion, sculpture, jewellery, architecture and industrial design – as well as the Winners, Runners-up and the Overall Winner of the 2018 PPC Imaginarium Awards. The RMB Turbine Art Fair marks the third stop of the travelling exhibition of the PPC Imaginarium Awards, after showing in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Produced by acclaimed artist Stephen Hobbs, the national travelling exhibition of the PPC Imaginarium Awards takes national finalists to top galleries and festivals across South Africa, including Cape Town’s Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, 100% Design South Africa and the RMB Turbine Art Fair. The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Award-winning competition, which challenges entrants to use concrete in new and innovative ways, famously attracts some of the top emerging talent in the South African arts and design industries.
“In 2017, the PPC Imaginarium Awards reached further milestones by extending into the art community and maximising the opportunities of the artists who qualified as finalists,” says PPC Imaginarium Director Daniel van der Merwe. “The initiative has enabled and empowered more artists and designers than any comparable project in South Africa.”
A panel of national judges crowned this year’s Category Winners, Runners-up and the Overall Winner at a gala event at the University of Johannesburg on 4 April 2018, with 24-year-old sculptor Chris Soal winning the top prize for a penetrating work on urban soccer. The award for architecture was judged separately by a panel of international industry experts at the 2018 Architecture ZA (AZA) conference, and saw 22-year-old Roark Robinson, a student of the University of Cape Town, declared the Winner.
Soal’s and Robinson’s works will be on show together with finalists of the PPC Imaginarium Awards at the RMB Turbine Art Fair in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 12-15 July 2018. As the epicentre of emerging African art, the RMB Turbine Art Fair will expose finalists to an even wider platform that includes new and established artists, art galleries and art organisations.