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AWARDS FOR YOUNG SCULPTORS (article first published : 2003-07-27)

Artists "young" in the art of sculpting are invited to enter the twelfth annual PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards competition.

This competition has become a highlight on the artists' calendar, having grown from strength to strength over the past decade. Run under the auspices of the Association of Arts Pretoria and sponsored by PPC Cement, many winners of this competition have gone on to achieve a variety of successes.

The rules of the competition are very simple. Concrete must be used as the main material for the sculpture but other materials such as wood, bronze and glass may be incorporated in the work. A maximum of three entries per artist may be submitted and a nominal entry fee of R30 per work is payable to the Association of Arts Pretoria. There are no restraints as to the size of the sculptures, which will be exhibited both inside the gallery and outdoors in the PPC Cement Sculpture Garden at the Association of Arts Pretoria.

Two awards are presented - Best Sculpture on Exhibition and Technical Excellence in Concrete Sculpture. Whilst the winning artists receive R10,000 each, the runner-up in each category is awarded R5,000. In fact, one artist could win both prizes if his/her work fulfilled all the judging criteria for best sculpture and technical excellence in concrete sculpture.

"Each year the artists surprise us with different and unique ways of presenting a concrete sculpture," says Beth Harris, public relations manager of PPC Cement. “The sculptors are innovative in their design and techniques, which makes the judging process very difficult as many are very deserving of receiving a prize. We look forward to seeing what the 2003 competition brings and encourage all young sculptors to attempt to create a sculpture in concrete, after all it will be for eternity.”

Works must be submitted to the Association of Arts Pretoria on either September 26, 27 or 30. The official opening of the exhibition and prize-giving ceremony will be held on October 6 2003 and the exhibition of all works entered will continue for a period of ten days, closing on October 16.

Further information and entry forms are available from Lomaré van Wyk at PPC on 011 488 1786 or Nandi Hilliard at the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100.




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