PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards (YCSA) calls on aspiring artists to enter this year’s competition. YCSA, the longest running competition of its kind in South Africa, is a platform for emerging artists to showcase their creativity and talent through the medium of concrete.
Established 22 years ago as part of the cement company’s centenary celebrations, the competition is held in conjunction with the Association of the Arts Pretoria. It is aimed at artists who are 18 years and older, who are either beginnersin the art of sculpting or have not been professionally established.
“The theme for this year’s competition is Apply your grey matter – a term that challenges artists to consider what it is they want to create for YCSA. It further encourages young emerging artists to use this platform to showcase their talent and explore their creativity,” said Sibongile Mooko, PPC’s General Manager: Marketing Services.
Kay Potts, National Chairperson of YCSA encourages artists to follow their intuition. “PPC’s YCSA is an interesting and creative reflection of the outstanding young talent that South Africa has to offer. Artists are encouraged not be afraid to push the boundaries of creativity for both the Fine Art and Functional Art categories,” she said.
Based on previous successes, there will be two categories in the competition - a Fine Art category and the Functional Art category which was added last year. Functional Art is an artwork that has practical use beyond its own aesthetic appeal.
Over R100 000 in prize money is up for grabs. For the Fine Art category, a grand prize of R50 000 will be awarded to the artist with the best sculpture on exhibition, the runner-up will receive a cash prize of R25 000 and two merit award winners will receive R5 000 each. The Functional Art category winner will receive R15 000 and the Facebook Fans Favourite winner walks away with R5 000. Artists are allowed to submit one work per category.
Regional judging points around the country will continue making the competition more accessible to emerging artists. In addition, Stuttafords Van Lines will transport the finalists’ works from the selection points to the Association of Arts Pretoria, at no cost to artists.
The official opening of the exhibition and prize-giving ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 6 November 2013 and the exhibition will continue until Tuesday, 21 November 2013.