Are you a new wave designer?
If Southern Guild, one of the country's most prestigious platforms for local contemporary design, is showcasing your work, you can consider yourself well on the way to success. Gifted creatives are now one step closer to this being a reality thanks to the forum's recent call for design submissions. In late 2016, Southern Guild plans to host a show titled A New Wave that shines the light on never-before-seen collectible design pieces created by the new generation of local designers. Rather than already having the line-up of exhibitors confirmed, the platform is asking emerging artists to submit their work to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. As the show is focused on collectible design, Southern Guild is specifically looking for one-off or limited edition pieces that are functional but also particularly beautiful examples of considered, carefully crafted design – the sorts of creations that catch collectors' eyes and increase in value over time as a fine piece of artwork would.
View some of the work on show at Southern Guild's current GRAPHICA exhibition to get a feel for the sort of quality of work they're seeking.
As many of the works that form part of Trevyn and Julian McGowan's acclaimed Southern Guild collection are showcased at fairs around the world, there's a chance that if your piece is chosen for A New Wave it too will fall under international gaze. Bearing in mind that Southern Guild is synonymous with designers like Porky Hefer, Gregor Jenkin, Conrad Botes and Pierre Cronje, you can imagine what an honour it would be to be represented by this platform. To submit your design or that of someone you know, send through up to five images of the item along with details about the piece's dimensions, the materials used and the inspiration behind it to Kerri at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 May 2016. Also include a 150-word bio about the designer and your name, birth date, location and contact details. If the piece isn't complete, you can submit plans, renders and drawings instead of photographs. Find out more about the application process and requirements over at southernguild.co.za.