Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2020

emerging creatives

WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES courtesy of Design Indaba

Following a nationwide search, 50 gifted up-and-coming creatives, from students of design to artists and photographers, have been chosen to be part of Design Indaba’s annual Emerging Creatives programme.

Started by Design Indaba with the Department of Arts and Culture in 2005, the programme provides a platform for young creatives to showcase their talent and be exposed to all of the inspiration and innovation the festival has to offer. Past finalists include award-winning fashion designers Laduma Ngxokolo, Thebe Magugu and Rich Mnisi, amongst others.

The curators of this year’s line-up are all previous Emerging Creatives themselves: milliner Crystal Birch, art director Mokoena Kobeli and furniture designer Siyanda Mbele.

As part of the programme, 40 of the finalists will exhibit their work at the Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town, while 10 will showcase at a concurrent satellite exhibition in Johannesburg.

Here are the top 50 for 2020:

  1. Designer, engineer, artist and researcher Andrew Earl
  2. Interior and furniture designer Anele Vezi of Vezarra
  3. Jewellery designer Anke van der Linden
  4. Artist Ayanda Khumalo
  5. Fashion designer Berna Buys
  6. Artist, poet, philosopher and visual communicator Bernice Manni

    Bernice Mannie

  7. Visual artist and photographer Bontle Juku
  8. Illustrator Brendon Kevin Pitt
  9. Architect and graffiti artist Christopher MacClements
  10. Artist and creative Courtney Hodgson of Kiffkak
  11. Furniture designer Dane Fair of Aisling
  12. Crochet artist Diana Seboke Zitha
  13. Sculptor Dora Prevost
  14. Artist Duduzile Mnguni
  15. Designer Fazlin Hoosain of Collectic Interiors and Collectic Living

    Lotus side table by Fazlin Hoosain

  16. Designer Fezokuhle Dimba of Love Hate Designs
  17. Designer Ghilian Chevelu of Illucid
  18. Ideation student and designer Jessica Le Roux
  19. Illustrator and pointillist artist Karabo Dire
  20. Graphic designer and illustrator Kaya Siqongile Gwebu
  21. Interior and furniture designer, fine artist and photographer Kehumile Mate
  22. Fashion designer Keshia Smith
  23. Photographer and visual artist Koketso Kutloano Matobako
  24. Visual artist Lebogang Mogul Mabusela

    Lebogang Mogul Mabusela

  25. Artist Leigh Le Roux
  26. Jewellery designer Lené Swartz
  27. Designer Lethabo Cleo Morake of Moraka Interiors
  28. Photographer and journalism student Luchwayito Vena of Gemnivision
  29. Fashion designer Luvo Mahangu of Highly Unlikely
  30. Fibre artist Makhosazane Sekgwama of Rosa Handmade
  31. Furniture designer and manufacturer Marcus van der Hoven of Takk Studio
  32. Digital artist and designer Mark Modimola
  33. Interior and furniture designer Mia Louise Senekal of murrmurr

    murrmurr by Mia Senekal

  34. Interior and furniture designer Mmamotsatsi Masike
  35. Illustrator Morena Moletsane
  36. Product designer Nombuso Nomzamo Khanyile of Afrikan Passion Designs
  37. Visual artist, sculptor and eco-feminist Pholile Hlongwane
  38. Mechanical engineer and fashion designer Phumelela Malinga
  39. Streetwear designer Robyn Agulhas

    Robyn Agulhas

  40. Handbag designer Samkelisiwe Mhlongo
  41. Photographer Sello Stephen Johnson
  42. Textile design graduate Siphelele Ntombela
  43. Furniture designer Sipho Khwebula of Khwebula Arts
  44. Furniture designer Siyanda Magaba of Magaba Designs
  45. Fashion designer Takudzwa Dlamini of Taku Dlamini
  46. Furniture and homeware designer Tanisha Neill
  47. Graphic designer and illustrator Tannah Renou
  48. Jewellery designer Thabang Mamabolo of Mamabolo Jewellers
  49. Designer Tlhalefang Moeletsi of Mebala
  50. Ceramicist Viola Greyling of Viol Art Greyling

The three-day Design Indaba 2020 Festival takes place from 26 to 28 February at The Artscape Theatre, Cape Town. To find out more, visit and follow @designindaba on Instagram.