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PPC Imaginarium: South Africa’s most substantial Arts and Design competition announces 2015/2016 competition intake

Un-established artists and designers stand a chance to change their careers through financial support, recognition, mentorship and guidance by entering the 2015 PPC Imaginarium Awards. After a successful inaugural competition in 2014, the PPC Imaginarium Awards is back; and is still South Africa’s richest arts and design competition.

Having evolved from the longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, the PPC Imaginarium encourages artists and designers to create and express their abilities using Portland cement-based concrete as a primary base or material. The competition will feature six disciplines in the arts and design field. These disciplines are sculpture, jewellery, architecture, film, industrial design and fashion design.

Boasting prize money to the value of half a million rand, each category winner stands a chance to win R50 000; while runner-up contestants receive R15 000. The overall competition winner will receive the grand prize of R100 000 at the winners’ exhibition in 2016.

The PPC Imaginarium Awards are open to South African citizens, resident holders as well as foreign students with study permits, who are not professionally established in their respective fields. Entries may be submitted by individuals or team collaborations, and artists and designers may enter as many categories, with an original artwork for each category. Entries close 31 August 2015.

The winners in each competition category will be announced 4 February 2016 and their work will be on display at YoungBlood Art Gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition will form part of the popular Cape Town ‘First Thursdays’ event. Thereafter the winning designs will be on display at the Design Indaba in February 2016. The overall competition winner announcement will take place at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park on 31 March 2016.

Enter the PPC Imaginarium Awards before August 2015 and stand a chance to launch your career. For more information about the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit

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