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Design Indaba Announces Emerging Creatives Class of 2021

Design Indaba Announces Emerging Creatives Class of 2021 - Omenka Online

The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme, South Africa’s longest-running platform for supporting rising young talent has released a new shortlist of 40 young creatives for the 2021 edition curated by Ndelu and Thabisa Mjo of Mash T. Design. Annually, 40 creatives are chosen from over 200 submissions received in response to a nationwide call for proposals. The final creatives are chosen from across a wide range of design disciplines such as architecture and spatial design, product design, industrial design, photography, film, graphic design, illustration, ceramics, design for social impact, interior design, jewellery, fashion and the visual arts.

For fashion: Azola Tanzi, Mashoto Tshoga, Nikiwe Dlova, Adria van Rooyen, Tristan Shaun Henry, and Lunga Mzimba.

For visual art: Lerato Lodi, Akhona Mbange, Alizwa mazizi, Boikanyo Mashigo, Brad Jackson, Chelsea Robin, Danielle Jordaan, Gerald Genie, Mboma, and Pule Magopa.

For graphic design: Caleb Pillay, Clinton Myeni, Ntobeko Nkumalo, Tebogo Mapomane, and Mncedisi Faltein. For Jewellery: Babalo Rozani, Zulu Mien, and Nicola Robertson.

For film and photography: Boitumelo Thindiza, Fiona Davhana, Lithemba Maha, Zenhlanhla Myeni Lovarism, Kgothatso Malatjie, and Nhlakanipho Mashinini.

For illustration: Hilde Franzsen, Tebogo Lethuba, Lethabo Mmalerato Huma, and Buhle Qabaka. For interiors: Kaya Design Hub and Ontlametse Molefe.

For furniture: Deft – Zani Alberts and Martin Tallie, Magrietha Labuschagne, and Elizabeth Louisa van der Merwe. Lastly, for Ceramics: Clement Maenetja.

The 2021 programme has been reformatted in response to the ongoing pandemic to take the form of an extended virtual exhibition and individual online profiles, documentary videography, ongoing social media content on Design Indaba’s thriving channels, and masterclass sessions with international and local experts that include UK-based Artsthread, one of the globe’s foremost media resources for and about young talent. Ravi Naidoo, the founder of Design Indaba, explains “We are extremely committed to this programme, and especially now, with the economic impact of COVID-19, it is vital that we continue to support our youth and aid their entry into the local and global marketplace.”

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to nurture new talent, functioning as a launching pad for careers. Over for years, it has provided a much-needed break for scores of young designers with several emerging creatives going on to achieve global recognition for their projects and brands. Famous names include Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa, Kristin-lee Moolman, Thebe Magugu, Rich Mnisi, Katherine-Mary Pichulik of Pichulik, Neo Mahlangu, Andile Dyalvane and Cole Ndelu.

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