VUT art alumni and students win prestigious awards

VUT art alumni and students win prestigious awards

Overall winner of 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards: VUT alumnus, Sonwabiso Ngcai

Nontobeko Zondi

The Vaal University of Technology’s Department of Visual Arts and Design’s Fine Art department is very proud of its students who have scooped major awards in one of the most prestigious art and design competitions in the country, the PPC Imaginarium.


VUT Alumnus, Mr Sonwabiso Ngcai was announced overall winner of 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards, taking home R150 000 in cash for his sculpture entitled Isigu or The Snare. Ms Prudence Magagula, a Fine Art BTech student (Sculpture) won third prize and special a commendation for her exploration of gender violence and sexism experienced by female mine workers. Another Fine Arts sculpture BTech student, Ms Pholile Hlongwane, was a finalist.  Fine Art sculpture and VUT Alumnus, Ms Marli Fourie, was a finalist in the jewellery section.

Ms Prudence Magagula, a BTech student in Fine Art with her crafted sculpture

A gala event was held at the UJ Gallery on Thursday,11 April 2019 to award the winners in the PPC Imaginarium, which offers over half-a-million rand in prizes awarded across six categories – sculpture, industrial design, film, fashion, jewellery and architecture – to standout entries that express innovation using PPC cement.

Ms Linda du Preez, a lecturer in Fine Art, said that these are all her students and she is very proud of them.

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, fashion and film. As a result, the PPC Imaginarium Awards came into being. The ambitious art-and-design contest gives emerging artists and designers the chance to showcase their talents through the medium of concrete.

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