Art & Design

Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Class of 2023 has just been announced!

March 18, 2023

Twenty young South Africans across South Africa have been selected from more than 340 entrants as participants in the prestigious Design Indaba Emerging Creatives programme for 2023. The program’s purpose, supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, is to refine skills and equip participants with tactics to elevate their work to a higher standard and promote it in the marketplace.

For 18 years, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives platform has successfully launched the careers of gifted creatives, including:

  • Fashion designer Thebe Magugu
  • Furniture designer Mpho Vackier
  • Jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik
  • Designer and illustrator Daniel Ting Chong
  • Milliner Crystal Birch

The curator of this year’s programme edition is Neo’ Nene’ Mahlangu – another former Design Indaba Emerging Creative. She has gone on to pave her way as both an artist and entrepreneur successfully. “It’s an honour to be part of this encouraging process, and it has reinvigorated my own inspiration,” she says. “I’m thrilled to see the calibre of Emerging Creative talent shining in this year’s selection. It’s clear that the future of creativity in our country is in capable hands.”

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2023

Mahlangu hand-picked the 20 participants from diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines, including photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, fashion designers and artists. The 2023 inductees are:

  • Christi-Lee du Plessis
  • Edward Thomas Wakefield
  • Jessie Zinn
  • Johnny Allison
  • Kamil Adam Hassim
  • Khumo Mohloli Morojele
  • Tebogo Selepe
  • Naledi Modupi
  • Nokukhanya Justine Zungu
  • Oteng Hope Kopiso
  • Otsile Rorisang Moumakoe
  • Princia Matungulu 
  • Qeren Fourie 
  • Thembi Mthembu 
  • Mignonne Busser 
  • Rejoice Simphiwe Kunene
  • Rucita and Viveka Vassen
  • Sandra Leigh Nagel
  • Sandra Wilken (Riley Axon) 
  • Shamyra Moodley

To help advance the Class of 2023, Mahlangu will present a bespoke masterclass on business development, a workshop built on ‘the 5 Bs’ designed to guide the future change makers on their paths: 

  • Brilliance
  • Bravery
  • Business skills
  • Branding 
  • Brand building 

In addition, all the participants will be profiled on Design Indaba‘s channels – its website, social media and weekly newsletter – which design leaders from across the globe follow. 

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