The winner of the Sculpture category will receive a R50 000 cash prize and be eligible for the R100 000 grand prize and runners-up will receive a R15 000 award. Finalists are guaranteed an exhibit of their work and online profiling of them and their projects.


Conceptualise a sculpture that embraces not only single-medium, three-dimensional objects, but also mixed-media installation art. Final pieces must demonstrate an understanding of concrete as an artistic medium.

  • Portland cement-based concrete must be used as the main medium of the sculpture, both conceptually and visually. It may be combined with any other secondary media (i.e. wood, bronze, glass, electronics, etc.).
  • Found concrete objects, pre-existing concrete forms, or commercially produced concrete items may not be used to create a sculpture for this competition.
  • Cement painted objects will not be allowed.
  • The sculpture must be structurally sound.


All work entered into this category must be produced by:

  • Designers and young artists who have not yet established themselves.
  • Students in their final year of BAS, B.Tech or the equivalent at recognised universities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. 
  • Participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Artists who have had more than one solo exhibition for non-academic purposes, or who run a professional studio, are not eligible for entry.




  • Online application should include a 250-word concept statement that expresses what the piece is, technical specs, reference images of the design and concept, sketches and photos or video (for instance a 360° view of the entry).
  • The final physical product must be accompanied by a printed copy of your online entry profile (the conceptual statement, technical statement, and reference images).
  • The sculpture must not be larger than 150cm in any direction.
  • If the plinth that the sculpture is displayed on forms part of the concept of the sculpture, the size limit remains 150cm in length and height.
  • The total weight of the sculpture may not exceed 100kg.
  • A sculpture hanging from the roof may not weigh more than 10kg. Should a sculpture hanging from the roof be comprised of several pieces, the weight per piece is 10kg and the total weight may not exceed 100kg.
  • Found concrete objects, pre-existing concrete forms, or commercially produced concrete items may not be used to create a sculpture for this competition.
  • Cement painted objects will not be allowed.
  • The sculpture must be structurally sound.
  • The sculpture must be the original artistic creation of the participating artist.
  • The sculpture must not be older than one year, and must not have been entered into any other competitions, offered for sale, or publicly displayed.
  • An entry comprising several parts must be accompanied by simple assembly and disassembly instructions. It is strongly recommended that you assemble the entry yourself. If this isn’t possible, we must be able to contact you for advice.
  • The sculpture must be designed so that it can be easily packaged, transported and exhibited. The selection panel and/or organisers reserve the right to refuse a sculpture that is difficult to transport, install or handle. Proper reinforcement of artwork is key to avoid breakage.
  • A delicate or fragile sculpture must be clearly marked as fragile or delicate. It is strongly recommended that you pack and install a delicate or fragile sculpture yourself.
  • A sculpture that arrives obviously damaged, despite the reason, will be disqualified.
  • No drilling into the walls of the regional judging points or exhibition venue will be allowed.
  • If a submission makes it to the national round, we advise entrants to personally repackage their piece for transportation to the national judging facilities.
  • The sculpture must be for sale and can only be purchased after PPC has exercised its option to purchase.
  • Nationally selected sculptures must be available for exhibition for at least one year.


The judges are looking for entries that demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, a balance between technical excellence and commercial appreciation, and fulfil a benefit for the end consumer. The names of the members of the panel will be announced upon confirmation. Regional judging takes place and finalists are chosen, these finalists will be judged by a national panel It is in the sole and final discretion of the organisers/judges to cancel any entry on the grounds of illegality infringement of any third party rights, or a transgression of the constitutional right of freedom of expression. post-competition, participants may go on to reproduce their works as they see fit. Please note that the judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into

Cities & Venues

Cape Town - AVA GalleryDurban - KZNSA
Submission: 1 March 2018
Selection: 2 March 2018
Pop-up exhibition: 1 March 2018
Strike & collect works: 9 March 2018
Submission: 2 March 2018
Selection: 5 March 2018
Pop-up exhibition: 5 March 2018
Strike & collect works: 9 March 2018
Port Elizabeth - ARTECPretoria - Association of Arts
Submission: 5 March 2018
Selection: 6 March 2018
Pop-up exhibition: 6 March 2018
Strike & collect works: 9 March 2018
Submission: 7 March 2018
Selection: 8 March 2018
Collect works: 13 March 2018
Bloemfontein - Oliewenhuis Art MuseumJohannesburg - UJ Art Gallery
Submission: 8 March 2018
Selection: 9 March 2018
Collect works: 12 March 2018
Submission: 12 March 2018
Selection: 13 March 2018
Collect works: 14 March 2018




South Africa: submit by Friday, 1 December 2017

Zimbabwe: submit by Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Thursday, 18 May 2017 -  Sunday, 18 February 2018


Friday, 1 December 2017 – Sunday, 18 February 2018


Thursday, 1 March 2018 - Monday, 12 March 2018


Friday, 2 March 2018 - Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Openings on 1, 5 & 6 March 2018

COLLECT WORKS (Non-Qualifiers)

Friday, 9 March 2018 - Wednesday, 14 March 2018


April 2018


April 2018