Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2016

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo

Each year in February, we look forward to Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives programme, which highlights 40 young talents, chosen from over 400 entries, covering a variety of disciplines including architecture, fashion design, illustration, furniture design and jewellery design.


In the past, many a creative has managed to use the platform as a launch pad for their careers. Unlike previous years, where the programme was presented at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, this year’s exhibition, which is presented in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, will be hosted at the popular Watershed in the V&A Waterfront. We can’t wait to take it all in.

Here, in no particular order, are the names of the 40 Emerging Creatives to keep an eye on in 2016:

  • Max Melvill
  • Jamil Randera
  • Tshepo Duncan Mokolo
  • Juan van Wyk
  • Beryl Dingemans
  • Gisele Human
  • Madri van Zyl
  • Philisa Zibi
  • Maeve Roseveare
  • Lynne Avis
  • Fiona Mpungu
  • Josie Hardy
  • Luhandra Vorstman
  • Jen Mckenzie
  • Seugnet Herbst
  • Siyanda MAzibuko
  • Sibusiso Brian Mokhachane
  • Bokang Lehabe
  • Mieke Vermeulen
  • Nkateko Odysseus Shirindza
  • Alexi Hechter
  • Cebisa Mafukuzela & Georgina Campbell
  • Helé de Beer
  • Mbali Memela
  • Zinhle Nxumalo
  • Ishaarah Arnold
  • Koba Nieuwoudt
  • Moeketsi “Mokay” Lebakeng
  • Helen Borg
  • Monde Mabaso
  • Jaime-Lee Matthews
  • Galarekwe Maimane
  • Phendu Kuta
  • Carla Latsky
  • Michael Rowlinson
  • Sikho Mququ
  • Abongiwe Gwele
  • Megan Smith
  • Amy Slatem
  • Danielle Clough
  • Dhiantha Archery

The Emerging Creatives exhibition will run from 17 February until 21 February 2016 at Workshop 17 at the Watershed in The Event Room. For more information, visit