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SCULPTOR AWARDS (article first published : 2001-08-31)

Artists "young" in the art of sculpting are invited to enter the tenth annual PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards competition. Since its inception, the competition has grown from strength to strength and has been run under the auspices of the Association of Arts Pretoria and sponsored by PPC Cement.

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 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.

This year only two prizes will be awarded - one for the Best Sculpture on Exhibition and one for Technical Excellence in Concrete Sculpture. The R20,000 prize-money will be shared equally between the winning artists in each category, i.e. R10,000 each. It was agreed that one artist could in fact win both prizes if his/her work fulfilled all the judging criteria for best sculpture and technical excellence in concrete sculpture.

"We decided to deviate from the traditional first, second and third place prize system as there have been occasions when the second or third prize winning work was technically excellent and should have achieved the same kudos as that afforded the first prize which, although well thought out and innovative (eg an installation), was not crafted with technical excellence," said Beth Harris, public relations manager of PPC Cement.

Works must be submitted to the Association of Arts Pretoria on either September 22, 25 or 26. The official opening of the exhibition and prize-giving ceremony will be held on the evening of 1 October 2001 and the exhibition of all works entered will continue until October.

"We look forward to receiving this year's entries and to see what students from all over South Africa can produce,” said Beth Harris. “Previous winners have gone on to successful careers in sculpting, and this is truly encouraging both for PPC Cement, as the sponsors, and for aspiring sculptors."

Further information and entry forms are available from Beth Harris at PPC on (011) 488-1786 or Nandi Hilliard at the Association of Arts Pretoria on (012) 346-3100.




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