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PPC CEMENT YOUNG CONCRETE SCULPTORS (article first published : 2005-11-7)

The 2005 PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptors Awards ceremony was held at the Association of Arts Pretoria on November 2.

The new format for the competition, which now incorporates a preliminary judging round from photographic entries, has brought an interesting twist to the Awards. By selecting the most outstanding entries received, the exhibition which runs from November 2 to 16 promises to be both interesting and enjoyable from an art collector and enthusiast perspective.

Over 40 entries were received, of which 24 are on exhibition at the Association of Arts Pretoria. The organisers’ decision to change the format for the competition was to encourage artists beyond Gauteng’s borders to enter the competition and stand in line to receive the accolades and recognition that the PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards offers to artists young in the art of sculpting. A number of entries were received from as far afield as Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth and Limpopo Province this year.

Prize money of R20,000 was awarded to the winner of each category. The runners up in each category received R7,500, with a new prize category of R2,500 for two Merit Awards, bringing the total prize money to R60,000. There were no winners from KwaZulu-Natal.

Best Sculpture on Exhibition and Technical Excellence in Concrete Sculpture was Cecile Timmerman, a second year student at Tshwane University of Technology with runner-up being Robert Mohlamonyane, who is an assistant at the sculpture department of the same institution.

The winner of the Technical Excellence in Concrete Sculpture category was Gina Heyer, a third year art student at Stellenbosch University. Runner up in this category was Phanuel Mabaso, a sculpture assistant at Dionysus Sculpture Works.

A merit award was presented to Sakie Seoka, a second year student at Tshwane University of Technology and was recognised for his bold and interesting use of concrete in different shapes, textures and colours. Jaco Smit was also awarded a Merit Award.

The exhibition of works in this year’s PPC Young Concrete Sculptors Awards is at the Association of Arts Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, New Muckleneuk until November 16 2005.




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