Announcing Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Class Of 2022

Forty gifted youngsters have been selected from more than 380 entries to participate in South Africa’s most prestigious creative developmental programme. Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives platform, which has been supporting South Africa’s fresh talent for 17 years, is pleased to announce its Class of 2022.

“We are delighted to continue our annual support for our country’s young creatives, particularly in a constrained pandemic environment,” says Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo. “We are grateful to our partner, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, for its ongoing commitment to stand with the rising stars of tomorrow.” 

The young designers handpicked for the 2022 edition will be introduced to the public via an extended virtual exhibition and Design Indaba’s thriving social media channels. The Class of 2022 will also benefit from masterclass sessions with international and local experts, like UK-based Artsthread, documentary video sessions, and dedicated personal profiles on The Emerging Creatives programme is designed to hone talent and provide participants with strategies to take their work to the next level and to market. 

Over the years, the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives platform has successfully launched the careers of a number of gifted creatives, including the likes of Mpho Vackier, Russell Abrahams, Daniel Ting Chong, Crystal Birch, and scores of others.

The Class of 2022 was selected by curators Lukhanyo Mdingi and  Ditiro Mashigo – both well-known fashion designers who also happen to be former Emerging Creatives themselves. Both were impressed by the high quality of the submissions. 

“I’m incredibly inspired to see the brewing and exceptional talent of the Emerging Creatives,” says Mdingi. “Year after year, Design Indaba has provided a platform for aspiring designers at large to showcase their work and what they have to offer the industry. They are to be commended for this.” 

In sifting through the many submissions, Mashigo’s agenda was to seek out “innovation in design-led problem-solving and an honest point of view from South African emerging design talents on issues of climate change, socio economics and equality.” 

The 2022 inductees are:

  1. Luke Rudman 
  2. Charity Vilakazi 
  3. Julia Duduzile Mohanoe 
  4. Kutlwano Monyai 
  5. Mona-lisa Mthethwa 
  6. Nandipha Yanta 
  7. Nuraan Khan 
  8. Lumka Jordaan 
  9. Naomi Zwane 
  10. Amy-Leigh Braaf  
  11. Daniella Kilpatrick  
  12. Katlego Magano  
  13. Lundi Mlonyeni 
  14. Mbangiso Mabaso 
  15. Mishaal Gangaram  
  16. Moeko Karabelo Selebalo  
  17. Mohau Moholane 
  18. Njabulo Maseko 
  19. Riyaadh Ismail 
  20. Samkelo Boyde Xaba  
  21. Sibusiso Feni 
  22. Siyabonga Mtshali  
  23. Sizani Baloyi 
  24. Thulani Kubeka  
  25. Fernando 
  26. Kyle Kemink  
  27. Fikile Sokhulu  
  28. Drew Kendall Haller  
  29. Nkululeko Mthembu 
  30. Tsepiso Lekganyane 
  31. Noxolo Thando Masuku  
  32. Lindiwe Irene Rethebile Gugushe 
  33. Mikhailia Petersen 
  34. Thando Ntuli  
  35. Lehlogonolo Khaas 
  36. Lauren Gericke 
  37. Leila Walter 
  38. Akshar Maganbeharie 
  39. Arron Moos 
  40. Buhle Nkalashe  

“Congratulations to all those who have come through the rigorous curatorial selection process – this year’s Emerging Creatives are enormously talented, and we look forward to seeing the Class of 2022’s contribution. The pandemic has shown us that creative thinking is not a luxury but a survival skill, so nurturing creative talent is vital. We are proud to partner with the Design Indaba once again to invest in the future of South Africa’s creative industries,” says Dr. Stella Khumalo, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC). 

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