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PPC Imaginarium Awards 2017

Online since 28.06.2017 • Filed under Professions - Architecture • From Issue 21 page(s) 42
PPC Imaginarium Awards 2017

South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, announced its Overall Winner, Category Winners and Runners-up at a gala event hosted during May at the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg.

The winners were selected from the competition’s 55 finalists who submitted their concrete art and design works across the categories of Sculpture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery and Film. This year, no architecture submissions made it to the finalist round, a challenge to architects for 2018.

The 2017 winners were selected by a formidable panel of industry heavyweights, including architect and director of the awards, Daniel van der Merwe, fashion and design consultant Allana Finley and wellknown curators Stephen Hobbs and Zanele Mashumi. An initiative of the innovation department of PPC Ltd, the PPC Imaginarium Awards encourages the ingenious use of Portland-based cement across the competition’s various categories. It serves as a platform for highlighting exceptional South African creative talent and assisting emerging artists and designers to launch their careers. A winner of several BASA Awards, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has cemented PPC Ltd as a benevolent supporter of art and design in South Africa.

Overall winner and category winners

This year, emerging artist Mziwoxolo Makalima, impressed the judges with his thought-provoking sculpture submission titled ‘Doubt-Queuing’, securing him the prestigious titles of 2017 PPC Imaginarium Overall Winner and Sculpture Category Winner, as well as a total cash prize of R150 000.

The 2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards’ Category Winners and Runners-up, are as follows:


Overall Winner and Category Winner:

Mziwoxolo Makalima for ‘Doubt-Queuing’

Runner-up: Sonwabiso Ngcai for ‘Emweka

Industrial Design

Category Winner:

Handre de la Rey for ‘CS Project’

Runner-up: Deon de Lange for ‘Kilroy


Category Winner: Cara Jade Bezuidenhout for ‘Concrete Journey’

Runner-up: Tshepo Sizwe Phokojoe for ‘Dawn of a new epoch’


Category Winner: Zanele Vilakazi for ‘Alphga’

Runner-up: Aleks Ashton for ‘Cyberglyph’


Category Winner: Stefanus Nel for ‘Ben’s Ladder’

Nationwide tour of winning works

The works are on view at the UJ Art Gallery as part of the first stop of a nationwide travelling exhibition that includes a variety of auspicious galleries and events across the country, including 100% Design South Africa and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. Candidates for the 2018 Awards will stand a chance of winning a share of R500 000 in cash prizes and kick-starting a career. The competition’s six categories will include Sculpture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery, Film and Architecture. Entries officially opened on 18 May.

PPC Imaginarium Awards


Issue 21

Issue 21

July 2017

This article was featured on page 42 of
To Build Magazine Issue 21.

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