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From Johannesburg to Cape Town, Bloemfontein to Durban - here's a look at this year's nationwide regional judging...


For all the PPC Imaginarium entrants who submitted their physical entries early in January 2016, the week of the 18th to the 26th of that month was an understandably tense time! Why? Because this is when the PPC Imaginarium regional judging took place at various art galleries and institutions right across the country.

PPC Imaginarium Director and well-known architect Daniel Van Der Merwe assembled a noteworthy panel of regional judges who toured the country to evaluate the physical works that were submitted in each of the regions, at drop off points in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town.

Image captured by @aaronpkohn via Instagram

(Image captured by @aaronpkohn via Instagram

The judging of the works was co-ordinated by the Pretoria Arts Association, and was convened by Van der Merwe himself. The judges included industry personalities such as Aaron Kohn of MOAD, artist Stephen Hobbs, Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency, artist Wilma Cruise, and others.

These judges were tasked with identifying the finalists in each category, based on the strength of their physical submissions. On the whole, the quality of the 2015/2016 submissions was extremely high and the judges were hardpressed to make decisions.


Says Van der Merwe: “We are extremely thrilled to see that not only did the the number of expressions of interest increase from last year, but also that the standard of the entries is exceptional. We can see already that the exhibition of the finalists work is going to prove exciting and stimulating for the public. All of this attests to the validity of the PPC Imaginarium and its relevance in the South African art and design context as a platform for promoting emerging talent!”


The outcome of the excellent standard of work is that the number of finalists selected for the 2015/2016 round of the competition has nearly doubled when compared to the number of finalists selected for 2014/2015.

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If you’d like to find out who made the cut this year, then head to the Youngblood gallery in Cape Town on the evening of 4 February 2016, when the list of finalists will be announced, alongside an exhibition of all the finalists’ work in all six categories, garnered from every region.

The exhibition is curated and mounted by Stephen Hobbs, who previously collaborated with Van der Merwe on the 2014/2015 exhibition displays. The event starts from 18h00 and forms part of the Mother City’s First Thursdays initiative and is thus open to the public. Pianist Marnus Daniel will perform on the evening. The exhibition will run from 4-26 February 2016 and thereafter, will travel to University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park where it will be on display at the UJ Gallery from 3 – 28 March 2016. The overall competition winner announcement will take place at a Gala Evening at the UJ Gallery on 3 March 2016.

In case you can’t make either of these exhibitions, do not despair, as the PPC Imaginarium has an active itinerary for 2016, with travelling exhibitions lined up as follows:

Pretoria Arts Association, 1-12 April 2016

MOAD, June 2016 (TBC)

Turbine Art Fair, mid July 2016

100% Design South Africa, 5-9 August 2016

See you there!

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