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The PPC Imaginarium Awards announces a record number of Finalists for 2019


An unprecedented number of Finalists has been chosen for the 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards, with 65 entries making it through to the final round of judging on 8 April 2019. In the past five years of the competition, the number of Finalists selected has not exceeded 50 entries on average per year. This year sees a marked increase in both the number and quality of the entries.

According to the director of the awards, Daniel van der Merwe of PPC Ltd, the “increasing level of the work entered and the expanding number of Finalists points to the momentum the competition has gained since inception.”

The PPC Imaginarium Awards is a BASA Award-wining programme which has a six-category entry field that grew out of the previous and longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptors competition, which solely focused on Sculpture. The PPC Imaginarium Awards looks more broadly at forms of Sculpture, Architecture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Jewellery and Film that include cement in an innovative way. Together, the two awards programmes constitute a 27-year-long legacy and investment in the arts for PPC Ltd.

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For this year’s PPC Imaginarium Awards, the Overall Winner, Category Winners and Runners-Up will be announced at a Gala Event at UJ Gallery on 11 April 2019. From 12 April 2019 onwards, all the finalists’ work will be on public display at the gallery. The finalists’ work is drawn from six regions, namely: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The competition is pleased to announce this year’s finalists, listed per region:

Cape Town (14 x Finalists)

  • Joani Groenwald
  • Lene Swartz
  • Tendai Gava
  • Petra Thorsen
  • Jomar Dreyer
  • Bongani Mashange
  • Tangeni Kambudu
  • Jon-Peer Bouwer
  • Cheryl Traub Adler
  • Martin Richards
  • Dean Louw
  • Bronte McDonald
  • Lianne Tyler
  • Ingrid & Ryan Roberts


Port Elizabeth (4 x Finalists)

  • Luntu Jonginanba
  • Jonathan van der Walt
  • Sonwabiso Ngcai
  • Libona Ndinga Rasana


Bloemfontein (2 x Finalists)

  • Carien Jacobs
  • Leon Witthuhn


Durban (2 x Finalists)

  • Fezokuhle Dimba
  • Kenneth Shandu


Johannesburg (30 x Finalists)

  • Peter Roberts (2 entries selected)
  • Itumeleng Ramakau
  • Michele Grech-Cumbo
  • Marina Walsh
  • Pholile Hlongwane
  • Shane Keates
  • Richard Ndimande
  • Nico van Loggenberg
  • Angelique Venter
  • Valentina Angelucci
  • Alex Shahini & Brayden Solomon
  • Mercia Beukes
  • Nicole Henderson
  • Reta Snyders & Loret Combrinck of Tru/Vai
  • Lerato Motaung
  • Lebogang Mogul Mabusela
  • Prudence Magagula
  • Mosebo Matsepe
  • Francoise Alexandra Steyn
  • Sicelo Victor Sandile Ziqubu
  • Illustrious Shabangu
  • Sonja Zytkow
  • Khanya Mthethwa
  • Jena Shams
  • Katuska van Heerden
  • Muzi Gigaba
  • Claire Dhooge
  • Trace Antill
  • Lindiwe Gigaba


Pretoria (8 x Finalists)

  • Juanie van Wyk
  • Madeli Viljoen
  • Marlie Joubert
  • Phumzile Langa
  • Rendani Rasebuya
  • Selwyn Steyn
  • Cow Mash (2 entries selected)

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The selection of the Finalists for the Architecture Category of the competition was judged separately due to its having merged with the Des Baker Competition. This means that the Architecture section of the competition is now open to entries from Southern African countries and not just South Africa like the rest of the competition.

 The 5 x Architecture Finalists for 2019 are as follows:

  • Wian Jordaan
  • Suzani van der Watt
  • Varuzjka Coetzee & Iyaloo Angula
  • Hano Venter
  • Ryan Sam & Gericke Nel

With the PPC Imaginarium Awards being the most supportive art and design competition in South Africa, these Finalists stand in line to win their share of over half-a-million Rand in cash prizes.


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