Upcoming PPC Imaginarium Awards

The PCC Imaginarium Awards, South Africa’s most supportive Arts and design competition, will announce its 2017 winners at a gala event in Johannesburg.

From a total of 869 registered entries to a selection of 55 finalists, the PPC Imaginarium Awards will announce this year’s Overall Winner, Category Winners and Runners-up at a Gala Event hosted on 18 May 2017 at the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg. The winners were selected from an array of imaginative concrete art and design works spanning the competition’s categories of Sculpture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery and Film. (No Architecture entries made it to the finalist round this year).

As the country’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards offers its entrants the chance to win substantial monetary prizes with the aim of being a launch pad for emerging creatives. The competition’s Overall Winner will walk away with a total cash prize of R150 000, while Category Winners and Runners-up will each be awarded R50 000 and R15 000 respectively. Furthermore, the winners will earn public exposure by way of a nationwide travelling exhibition, as well as media coverage and mentorships.

A project of the innovation department of PPC Ltd, the PPC Imaginarium Awards challenges artists and designers to express their creative abilities using cement as the primary medium. 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.

Members of the public will be able to engage with all of the finalists’ works at the UJ Art Gallery during a month-long exhibition that will run from 18 May 2017 until 15 June 2017. After this, the finalists’ works will travel to a number of galleries and events across the country, including 100% Design South Africa, the Turbine Art Fair and the KZNSA Gallery.

For more information on the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit www.ppcimaginarium.co.za.


In 2014, PPC extended its existing sculpture, fine art and industrial design competition (The Young Concrete Sculptor Awards) to include the creative disciplines of jewellery design, fashion design, architecture and film to form the PPC Imaginarium Awards. This ambitious art and design competition aims to provide emerging artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their talents through the medium of concrete.


UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg, produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA (www.uj.ac.za/fada) offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through internal and external collaborations. It has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities, the Faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, architects, artists and designers.

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