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PPC YOUNG CONCRETE SCULPTOR AWARDS (article first published : 2007-09-13)

PPC is calling on all artists “young” in the art of sculpting to enter the 2007 PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards.

Artworks will be judged on concept, craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and a balance between technical excellence and commercial appreciation with a respect for the medium of concrete. Entries must capture the true essence of the awards with concrete as the main medium. (The artwork may be combined with any other media such as wood, bronze, glass, electronics, etc, but concrete must remain the main media.)

Works are pre-selected for the exhibition based on a photographic submission and supporting proposal. Artists are required to submit a minimum of five photographs of each completed artwork. Photographic entries are to be submitted between September 17 and 20. The pre-selection of works will take place on September 26 and artists will be contacted by telephone or email to confirm whether their artworks were selected for final judging and the exhibition.

The selected artworks must be delivered to the Association of Arts Pretoria on either October 23 or 24, 2007, between 10h00 and 16h00. Final judging will take place on October 26.

The competition is open to sculpting students 18 years and older, or those with no formal training who have recently become acquainted with concrete as a media.

The official prize-giving ceremony and opening of the two week exhibition of artworks will take place at the Association of Arts Pretoria on October 31.

This year’s competition boasts total prize money of R60,000. A first prize of R20,000 will be awarded to the winners in the competition’s two categories: Best Sculpture on Exhibition and Technical Excellence in Concrete Sculpture. The runner-up in each category will receive R7,500. Two merit awards of R2,500 each are presented to artists who demonstrate skill and ability in concrete sculpture.

Information and entry forms from Beth Harris at PPC Cement on 011 386 9095, fax 011 386 9108 or email beth.harris@ppc.co.za or from Nandi Hilliard at Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, fax 012 346 3125 or email artspta@mweb.co.za

PPC won the 2005 Business Day/ BASA Long-term Development of the Arts Award for its sponsorship of the annual PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards competition.




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