South Africa’s longest running platform for supporting rising young talent is the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme. Now in its 16th year, the programme continues in 2021. Our new hotlist of 40 young creatives is revealed below…
A NEW FORMAT
The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives has been reformatted in response to the times. The new programme takes 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.
GETTING BEHIND YOUNG DESIGN
Design Indaba Emerging Creatives is supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture with the aim of nurturing new talent. The programme successfully functions as a launching pad for careers. Over for years, it has provided a much-needed break for scores of young designers.
WHY WE DO IT
“We are extremely committed to this programme, and especially now, what 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 founder Ravi Naidoo
Many Design Indaba Emerging Creatives have gone 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, Cole Ndelu and a host of others.
Ndelu and Thabisa Mjo of Mash T. Design were invited by Design Indaba to curate this year's selection. Annually, 40 creatives are chosen from the slew of submissions received in response to a nationwide call for proposals. The programme receives in excess of 200 submissions every year. The final 40 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.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…
The Design Indaba is pleased to announce its 2021 inductees, listed according to their respective disciplines:
Adria van Rooyen
Tristan Shaun Henry
Chelsea Robin Ingham
Zulu Mien – Nicola Robertson
FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Zenhlanhla Myeni Lovarism
Lethabo Mmalerato Huma
Kaya Design Hub
Deft – Zani Alberts and Martin Tallie
Elizabeth Louisa van der Merwe
WATCH THIS SPACE
In the coming months we will be profiling each of the 40 members of the Class of 2021. After all, they’re destined for greatness. Get to know them and their work in our new weekly Design Indaba Emerging Creatives newsletter series, and then watch as they head for the stars!