OVERVIEW

Due to the multitude of new technologies available, the definition of 'sculpture' has grown to embrace 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.

HOW IT WORKS

The timeline for entry and judging in the Sculpture category is divided into the following phases:

REGISTRATION PHASE

Entrants register online in order to be able to submit their work.

CONCEPTUALISATION PHASE

Entrants establish their artistic concept and submit a conceptual statement online.

ONLINE PRE-JUDGING PHASE

The submissions are pre-judged and then entrants are informed as to whether or not they have made it to the production phase.

PRODUCTION PHASE

Entrants who make it through the pre-judging phase produce their physical submissions.

REGIONAL PHYSICAL SUBMISSION

Entrants submit their physical submission to the regional drop off point, along with a printed version of their entry form.

REGIONAL JUDGING

Regional judging takes place and finalists are chosen.

NATIONAL JUDGING

Finalists are judged by a panel at the national judging point.


SUBMISSION CRITERIA

The work of entrants will be adjudicated by an independent panel of judges. To be eligible for entry, there are number of criteria to consider. Entrants are expected to take careful note of the information and conditions in this section. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.

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SUBMISSION CRITERIA - SCULPTURE

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REGISTRATION

15 April 2016 - 30 September 2016

CONCEPTUALISATION PHASE

15 April 2016 - 30 September 2016

During the conceptualisation phase, entrants will need to submit the following online:

  • A conceptual statement of no longer than 250 words.

  • Supporting documents such as reference images of design concept, sketches of the artwork concept, and photos of a mock-up model, if one has been produced.

ONLINE PRE-JUDGING PHASE

3 - 10 October 2016

Once the conceptual statement has been reviewed by judges, entrants will be notified (by 10 October) as to whether or not they can proceed to artwork production phase.

PRODUCTION PHASE

10 October 2016 - 19 January 2017

  • The final physical submission, accompanied by a printed copy of the online entry profile (conceptual statement, technical statement and reference images), must be submitted to a regional judging point between 10h00 and 16h00 by 9 February 2017. No item will be accepted before or after these dates.

  • 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 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.

  • The sculpture must not be larger than 150cm in any direction. Should the plinth on which the sculpture is displayed form 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.

  • The sculpture must stand firm and be stable and be structurally reinforced.

REGIONAL SUBMISSION PHASE

19 - 27 January 2017

  • A sculpture comprising several parts must be accompanied by simple assembly and disassembly instructions. The artist is strongly recommended to assemble the sculpture him or herself. If this is not possible, the artist must be contactable for advice.

  • Submissions can include an optional short video - for instance a 360° view of the entry.

  • 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 which is difficult to transport, install or handle. Proper reinforcement of artwork is key to avoid breakages.

  • A delicate or fragile sculpture must be clearly marked as fragile or delicate. It is strongly recommended that the artist packs and installs a delicate or fragile sculpture him or herself.

  • 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.

NATIONAL JUDGING PHASE

11 March 2017

  • 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.

WHO CAN ENTER?

Students and young artists and designers who have not yet established themselves as well as foreign students with study permits.

South African artists as well as artists with permanent residence in South Africa.

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.


WHERE TO ENTER

The PPC Imaginarium Awards is open for entry at certain venues at certain dates and times.

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WHERE ARE THE REGIONAL JUDGING POINTS?

Bloemfontein

Monday 23 January

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein

Tel: 051 447 9609

Durban

Tuesday 24 January

KZNSA Gallery (Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts), 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, Kwazulu Natal

Tel: 031 277 1705

Johannesburg

Friday 20 January

Resolution Circle, Corner of Barry Hertzog and Empire Road, Johannesburg

Tel: 073 752 1407

Port Elizabeth

Wednesday 25 January

ARTEC Gallery, 6-38 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth

Tel: 041 585 3641

Pretoria

Thursday 19 January

Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria

Tel: 012 346 3100

Cape Town

Friday 27 January

Cape Institute for Architecture Gallery, 71 Hout Street, Cape Town CBD

Tel: 021 424 7128

If your work is not selected to be judged at national level, you are responsible to collect it from the regional drop-off point.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judges are looking for entries that demonstrate outstanding craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, a balance between technical excellence and commercial appreciation, and a respect for the medium of concrete. Entries will also be judged on their structural soundness.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence with the organisers/judges will be allowed.

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.

FIRST PRIZE R50 000

SECOND PRIZE R15 000

1ST PRIZE: R50 000 / 2ND PRIZE: R15 000

The winner of the Sculpture category
will receive a R50 000 cash prize.
Runners-up will receive a R15 000 award.
Finalists are guaranteed an exhibit of their work
and online profiling of them and their projects.
Winners get automatic entry to the gala exhibition,
with the chance to win a grand prize of R100 000,
and the title of PPC Imaginarium Champion.

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THE TIMELINE

Make sure you keep up with all the deadlines to ensure the success of your Imaginarium Awards submission.

REGISTRATION AND CONCEPT SUBMISSION PHASE

15 April 2016 - 30 September 2016

ONLINE PRE-JUDGING PHASE

3 - 10 October 2016

PRODUCTION PHASE

10 October 2016 - 19 January 2017

REGIONAL PHYSICAL SUBMISSION

19 - 27 January 2017

REGIONAL JUDGING

20 - 28 January 2017

NATIONAL JUDGING

National judging & overall winner announcement

18 May 2017