Emerging Creatives

Looking for your creative break? Look no further than the Emerging Creatives programme at Design Indaba Expo.
Emerging Creatives 2014 ft. Laduma Ngxolo

Forty young designers, five days of pure inspiration, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That’s the Emerging Creatives programme at Design Indaba Expo. Each year we invite aspiring local designers to apply for a place in this sought-after programme, which launched the careers of rising stars such as Daniel Ting Chong, Andile Dyalvane and Laduma Ngxokolo.

Applications are open to students in a creative faculty at a tertiary institution in South Africa and young designers in the process of establishing a design service or business. You must be South African or have residency status to qualify.

As an Emerging Creative, you’ll get a spot on the Expo floor alongside some of the biggest names in South African design. You’ll meet local and international buyers, market your products and services to the public, learn from your more established peers and network with one another. 

You might be an architect, fashion designer, illustrator, furniture designer or jeweller – you will be selected based on the quality and originality of your work and its ability to stand alongside world-class designs. 

Design Indaba established the Emerging Creatives programme because we believe in nurturing new creative talent and knocking down the barriers to entry for those just getting started. It’s become one of the most popular sections at the Expo and 2013’s group proved this with record sales and orders.

Applications for 2014 Emerging Creatives are now open. Click here to enter.

Click here to view our previous budding talents in our Emerging Creatives directory.

Click here to read about what some of our Emerging Creatives have been up to since launching their careers at Design Indaba Expo.

Emerging Creatives FAQs

Is there an age limit to enter?

No. Entry criteria are as follows:

  • The entrant could be still studying towards their degree, a recent graduate, or have no tertiary background
  • The entrant must not have had an established business for more than 6 to 9 months

Are travel costs included?

If the applicant is successful and is chosen to be an Emerging Creative, their flight and accommodation cost for the duration of Design Indaba Expo will be covered