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Ruth Ige. Don't hide your glory, 2022.
Acrylic on canvas. 122 x 122cm. (© Copyright 2022, STEVENSON. All rights reserved)

Exhibition Opening

Soil Conversations
concept by Nisha Merit in collaboration with Lindiwe Mngxitama.

Curators – Nisha Merit , Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa 

Artists 

Lungiswa Gqunta [@lungiswa_gqunta]
MADEYOULOOK [@madeyoulook_yu4me]
Io Makandal [@iomakandal]
Silvia Noronha [@n.o.r.o.n.h.a]
Nnenna Onuoha [@nnennaon]
Natalie Paneng [@nataliepaneng_]
Theresa Schubert [@studiotheresaschubert]
Gemma Shepherd & Rochelle Nembhard [@_______gemma & @rharha_nembhard]
Mia Thom [@miathom_art]

Location 
JAG – Johannesburg Art Gallery
Cnr Klein and King George Streets Joubert Park, 2044

Date 
26 August Opening,
Run: 27 August – 17 November
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5pm

Event details
SOIL CONVERSATIONS looks at the granularity of soil as material, our relationhsip to the ground on which we build life on, and soil as a bearer of memory, idtentity, and futures. In that, the exhibition itself becomes a research platform including performances, and is the basis for writings in conjunction with the present artistic concepts. The exhibition investigates the relsationship between ourselves and the environment we live in, both in digital and analogue spheres. Topics of land, history, spirituality and the body – as physical manifestation and theoretical representation – are integral parts of the artworks. By defying a linear ontology of history, the exhibition explores the plurality of the past, and future scenarios which lead into the unknown, aiming to engage with the speculative as a defining position of there here and now as a relationship between us and the world. SOIL CONVERSATIONS has been shown in Berlin at Galerie im Körnerpark from 27 May to 30 August. The project was conceived in Johannesburg and sees now its iteration back where its seed was planted. As in Berlin so in Johannesburg SOIL CONVERSATIONS extends itself to textual engagements, performances and engagements in the space and online. 27 AUGUST – 18 NOVEMBER Curated by Nisha Merit & Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa Concept by Nisha Merit in collaboration with Lindiwe Mngxitama SOIL CONVERSATIONS is realised in collaboration with Bubblegum Club.

 

www.soilconversations.com

 

Exhibition Opening

SENSES
Curated By: Kamogelo Walaza
Artist: Bonolo Kavula, Brian Montshiwa, Bulumlo Mbete, Nkhensari Mkhari, Nykallo Maleke,  Pebofatso Mokoana

Location 
Goethe Institute
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193

Date 
31 August 2023
6:30pm

Event details
Senses is a group exhibition that engages with material elements and physicality of 5 Senses. How can taste, touch, smell and sound influence the way we experience art? Here we explore various sensory approaches to exhibition design. A critical point of entry is the potential for ambiguity often associated with abstraction. Our approach is practice-led research and process led research, whereby artists incorporate their creative practice, creative methodologies into the research space. With Nkensani Mkhari expands in their praxis, synthesizing mediums to evoke new passages of materiality to understand public consciousness through auditory experience. Bonolo Kavula’s work is minimalistic and yet detailed, abstract, and yet representational, if one considers the references packed into the fabric. One can imagine a certain continuity,fragmentation, movement, and circulation of space and time through these rooms, reciprocal spaces that adjoin each other, something that Nyakallo Malekeʼs work makes us aware of. Pebofatso Mokoena uses his own personal narratives and a consistent application of experimental enquiry as tools to make sense of the chaotic integratedness of the current world. Through careful consideration of the colours, textures, and functionalities of the chosen materials, Bulumko Mbete imbues her practice with a wealth of spiritual and domestic symbolism, expertly referencing and working through layered meanings. Brian Montshiwa process looks into gesture, repetitive labour, affect and performativity to redress invisibility and to seek more nuanced grammar for presenting overlooked and erased narratives, including their own. They use unlinked metaphors to introduce a fluidity in how histories are disseminated.

Panel Discussion

The Imagined New 
In discussion: the Imagined New – or, what happens when History is a Catastrophe? 
Panellists:Leora Farber, Katharina Fink 

Location 
Sophiatown Arts Akademy
34 Wimbledon Rd, Brixton, Johannesburg, 2092

Date 
31 August 2023
8-10pm

Event details
A fresh book in discussion: the Imagined New – or, what happens when History is a Catastrophe?) Volume I Working through Alternative Archives | Art, History, Africa and the African Diaspora Edited by Anthony Bogues, Leora Farber, Zamansele Nsele & Surafel Wondimu Abebe the Imagined New (or, what happens when History is a Catastrophe) is a collaborative project between the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ, Brown University) and the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD, University of Johannesburg (UJ)). This long-term, three part-project provides an interdisciplinary platform for critical exchange and research around African and African Diasporic art practices and curatorship, and the political work of the radical Black imagination. With contributions by Leora Farber, Anthony Bogues, Surafel Wondimu Abebe, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Riason Naidoo, Françoise Vergès, Cláudia Regina Alves da Rocha, Thomas Lax, Molemo Moiloa, Khwezi Gule, Geri Augusto, Erica Moiah James, Zamansele Nsele, Thabang Monoa and Saidiya Hartman.

Exhibition Opening

The Weight of a Kiss
by Motlhoki Nono
Ernest Cole Award Exhibition

Location 
70 Juta Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Date 
31 August 2023 – 15 September
6pm

Event details
Photo: is pleased to announce the exhibition of the Ernest Cole Award recipient 22/23. The Award acknowledges Ernest Cole’s important role in South African photography. Motlhoki Nono is the recipient.

Her exhibition, The Weight of a Kiss is an intimate exploration of the social and filmic experiences of love. Dealing with questions around constructions of love, it explores how this is fabricated and translates in different social settings. For this iteration of the work, the focus is on the event of the kiss in romantic productions, particularly films. Attempting to deconstruct the cinematic kiss by inserting a ‘witness’ in-between mouths kissing, the work becomes an uncanny, awkward and humorous comment on the weight of a kiss. The work centres black people’s intimate experiences with kissing.

Exhibition Opening

Embodied & Embedded
Artists: Kay-Leigh Fisher + Nadia Myburgh

Location 
Bag Factory
10 Mahlathini Street
Newtown, Johannesburg, 2092

Date 
Exhibition Opening Saturday, 2 September 2023, 11am – 2pm

Walkabout/Workshop Saturday, 16 September 2023, 12 – 1pm

Event details

As part of their 12-month-long artist residency at the Bag Factory both Fisher and Myburgh have further developed their own unique visual languages and created new artworks. The artists have bonded in each other’s commonalities and differences….collaborated in creating work while also critically engaging with one another’s practice. It is also with this ethos that the Studio Bursary anticipates supporting the artists in their process of experimentation, collaboration, and making –  culminating in their forthcoming presentations.


www.bagfactoryart.org.za

Exhibition Opening

Frances Goodman’s Altered States
Exhibition Opening

Location 
SMAC Gallery 
Johannesburg 25 7th Street, corner of 4th Avenue, Parkhurst

Date 
2 September 2023
11am

Event details
SMAC Gallery is pleased to present Frances Goodman’s Altered States, her 4th solo exhibition with the gallery presented at SMAC Johannesburg. Altered States features new work by Goodman, ​including her distinctive sequin paintings and acrylic nail banners. The exhibition will also introduce Goodman’s most recent body of ceramic work in the form of boldly glazed totems. A publication titled ​Through The Glass, Sparkling​, which focus​es on non-traditional engagement with Goodman’s ​creative output will be released alongside the exhibition.

Exhibition Opening

Inside Out Centre for the Arts: End of the Game
With Roger Ballen and Amanda Ballen. 

Location 
Inside Out Centre for the Arts
48 Jan Smuts Ave, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193

Date 
2 September 2023
10am – 3pm

Event details

Enjoy a special visit to the recently opened Inside Out Centre for the Arts, a landmark new museum established by renowned artist, Roger Ballen. The inaugural exhibition — End of the Game — presents the origins of the African safari and Ballen’s response to the relationship between human and animal. Part historical archive and part artistic installation, this body of work confronts the viewer with universal questions about the meaning of the destruction of nature, its association with power, and our relationship to the natural world. Ballen has selected and curated works from his previous series and displayed these alongside theatrical compositions of figures, taxidermies and documentary objects to create an exhibition space that probes the psychology of the hunter and of man’s engagement with the animal.

Music

Spring Jazz at Nirox

 

Location 
Nirox Sculpture Park
R540 Kromdraai road, Krugersdorp, Gauteng

Date 
Sunday, 3 September 2023.
10am

Event details

Jazz lovers come to enjoy a day of eclectic, world class performances courtesy of some of the finest South African jazz artists in the NIROX amphitheatre, including:

  • Melanie Scholtz – arriving from New York – performing with her ensemble Bokani Dyer (keys), Benjamin Jephta (bass) and Marlon Witbooi (drums).
  • The Offering – featuring the talents of Ndabo Zulu (trumpet), Linda Sikhakhane (saxophone), Zibusiso Makhathini (keys), Dalisu Ndlazi (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums) and Gontse Makhene (percussion).
  • Vivid Afrika reconvenes for the first time in years to present their unique flavour combination of Siya Makuzeni (trombone & voice), McCoy Mrubata (tenor saxophone & flute), Greg Georgiades (oud, bazouki & acoustic guitar), Mlungisi Gegana (double bass), Ashish Joshi (tabla & percussion) and Bernice Boikanyo(drums). 
  • Benjamin Jephta’s Sextet bring another dimension to the musical mixture with Keenan Ahrends (guitar), Sisonke Xonti (tenor saxophone), Simon Manana (tenor saxophone), Danni McKinnon (baritone saxophone). Thomas Dyani (percussion) and Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums).

 

Gourmet concert cuisine will be on offer from the Epicurean Emporium – a curated selection of high-end food stalls, with emphasis on healthy and naturally-sourced options.

Bernie’s Bar will continue to ensure elegant hydration throughout the day.

INEOS Grenadier are the official automotive partner of SPRING JAZZ at NIROX 2023.

 

 

www.niroxarts.com




Event Details

Diane Victor
Book signing and wine tasting at Strauss & Co. 

Location 
Strauss & Co. 
89 Central Street, Houghton, Gauteng

Date 
5 September 2023 (book signing & wine tasting)
6 – 9 September 2023 (exhibition)

Event details

An exclusive book signing by Victor, paired with Spier wines on 5 September 2023 allows guests to experience her graphic works (almost exclusively in black and white) which are woven through with references to the history of art and mythology. They reveal her extraordinary mastery of printmaking and drawing techniques and her constant exploration of new media, such as ash and candle soot. Through a large selection of prints, drawings and smoke drawings, this book traces forty years of a politically engaged and virtuoso career, shedding light on a figure at the forefront of the South African and international art scene. Diane Victor’s artworks on exhibition at Strauss & Co from 6 – 9 September 2023 explores the dark side of South African society with subtlety and complexity. From corruption to the social inequalities that affect the country, to the condition of women and, more generally, that of the human being, she implicitly questions the vulnerability of life.

www.straussart.co.za



Panel Discussion

An Ode to Punk
An Ode to Punk: Yassine Balbzioui & Friends 

With: Yassine Balbziou, Katharina Fink, Malcolm Jiyane, and others.

Location 
Sophiatown Arts Akademy
34 Wimbledon Rd, Brixton, Johannesburg, 2092

Date 
6 September 2023
8pm

Event details
Yassine Balbzioui is the trickster of the art world. Yassine Balbzioui is the trickster of the art world. He brings anarchy with his chaos-cosmos: Brushstrokes, movements, screams and screens make the world tremble and shake. He dismisses the concept of a stable identity. Identity is to rent. In this unique Joburg-art intervention, Yassine Balbzioui teams up with Joburg’s finest jazz artists, such as Malcolm Jiyane, for a night of anarchy.

Comedy Performance

Loyiso Gola : Work in Progress…

Location 
Artistry
22 Fredman Dr, Sandown, 2196

Date 
6 September 2023 – 8pm
9 September 2023 – 9:30pm

Event details
Loyiso Gola (freestyle) working on some ideas. Join him as he experiments with material…

www.quicket.co.za



OpenStudios.Johannesburg

OpenStudios: Bag Factory

Artists: Patrick Mautloa // Nyakallo Malake // Fatima Tayob Moosa // Erla Haraldsdottir

Location 
10 Mahlathini St, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001

Date 

8 September 2023
10:30am – 12:30pm

Event details

OpenStudios.Joburg is delighted to provide the visitors of FNB Art Joburg with an opportunity to meet selected practicing artists in their studios. The concept is to allow guests to experience a small studio tour while engaging with the artist about their practice, see their working environment and ask them questions.

*Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the various studios, to leave 30 min before start time from the Sandton Convention Centre.

Click here to book your spot

OpenStudios.Johannesburg​

OpenStudios: August House
Artists: Lindo Zwane // Fathema Bemath // Percy Maimela // Mbongeni Fakudze

Location 
76 End St, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2028

Date 
8 September 2023
2pm – 4pm

Artists
Lindo Zwane // Fathema Bemath // Percy Maimela // Bongeni Fakudze

Event details

OpenStudios.Joburg is delighted to provide the visitors of FNB Art Joburg with an opportunity to meet selected practicing artists in their studios. The concept is to allow guests to experience a small studio tour while engaging with the artist about their practice, see their working environment and ask them questions.

*Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the various studios, to leave 30 min before start time from the Sandton Convention Centre.

Click here to book your spot

Walkabout

SENSES
Curated By: Kamogelo Walaza
Artist: Bonolo Kavula, Brian Montshiwa, Bulumlo Mbete, Nkhensari Mkhari, Nykallo Maleke,  Pebofatso Mokoana

Location 
Goethe Institute
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193

Date 
9 September 2023
11am

Event details

Walkabout with Curator and Artist

Within this walkabout I will set up a table with the materials that the artist used in their artworks for the audience to be able to touch the works prior the walkabout. I would like to navigate the space of walkabout as a conversation amongst artist, curator and viewer. Within this walkabout the curator will also further interrogate the mediums they ustilsed, what conceptual art is in the practice of SENSES? 

Details
https://www.goethe.de

OpenStudios.Johannesburg

OpenStudios: Ellis House

Artists: Phumzile Buthelezi // Lehlogonolo Mashaba // Patric Rulore // Kganya Mogashoa

Location 
23 Voorhout St, Bertrams, Johannesburg, 2094 (collection from outside the Sandton Convention Centre at 12:30pm)

Date 
9 September 2023
1 – 3pm

Event details

OpenStudios.Joburg is delighted to provide the visitors of FNB Art Joburg with an opportunity to meet selected practicing artists in their studios. The concept is to allow guests to experience a small studio tour while engaging with the artist about their practice, see their working environment and ask them questions.

*Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the various studios, to leave 30 min before start time from the Sandton Convention Centre.

Click here to book your spot

Music

Mayibuye iAfrika

 

Location 
Market Theatre
56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2000

Date 
9 September 2023
7pm

Event details

Renowned South African guitarist Billy Monama will bring us closer to our past to help us reimagine our future during Heritage Month in September when he joins a number of legendary South African artists like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Judith Sepuma and Titi Luzipo live on stage in Johannesburg.

During a one-night-only limited-tickets concert called Mayibuye iAfrika: The Freedom Songs, Monama will present a musical journey and conversation between two generations of ancestral artists, finally culminating in a reminder of what makes South African music resonate deeply with Africans and the rest of the world.

From the choice of venue to scholarly discussions around the concert and its celebratory participants, the concert aims to be a “re-visioning of heritage music for modern ears,” says Monama.

The concert will be held at the iconic Theatre of Struggle – the Market Theatre in Newtown Johannesburg – on 9 September 2023. In two parts, the event will pay homage to a first exile generation of indomitable composers and a second exile generation of musicians.

Part one will comprise choral freedom songs from the earliest compositions recorded by ANC exiles in what was called Tanganyika, now Tanzania. The fresh arrangement will feature work by Vuyisile Mini, Zinakele Nkaba and Wilson Khayingo.


www.markettheatre.co.za

OpenStudios.Johannesburg

OpenStudios: August House
Artists: Lindo Zwane // Fathema Bemath // Percy Maimela // Mbongeni Fakudze

Location 
76 End St, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2028

Date 
9 September 2023
11am – 5pm

Tour 1 – (11am – 1pm) 
Artists: Melissa Haiden // Johan Stegmann // Simon Moshapo Jnr // Zenande Mketeni

Tour 2 – (3pm – 5pm) 
Artists: Vivien Kohler // Blessing Blaai // Melissa Haiden // Mpho Machate

Event details

OpenStudios.Joburg is delighted to provide the visitors of FNB Art Joburg with an opportunity to meet selected practicing artists in their studios. The concept is to allow guests to experience a small studio tour while engaging with the artist about their practice, see their working environment and ask them questions.


*Shuttles will be available to transport guests to the various studios, to leave 30 min before start time from the Sandton Convention Centre.

Click here to book your spot

 

Exhibition Match

Exhibition Match 

Location 
Discovery Soccer Park – Sandton
11 Holt St W, Parkmore, Johannesburg, 2195

Date 
10 September 2023
3-5pm

Event details

Exhibition Match is an artistic project and social initiative founded by Alexander Richards and Phokeng Setai in 2021. The focus of Exhibition Match is to explore the potential for collaboration and collective participation, community-building and play in the context of the art-world through the cultural vehicles of football and artistic production. As the name suggests, Exhibition Match’s dynamic structure is composed of two elements, namely an art exhibition and football game. The latter is played by art workers from all spheres of the art-ecosystem, i.e. gallery workers, artists, curators, art writers and collectors. Since its inception, players have worn a uniform kit designed by an artist. This aspect is envisioned as a form of presenting artistic output in a different mode, adding another meaning to the notion of exhibition-making. Artist Dada Khanyisa, designed the kit for the inaugural iteration of the project, followed by Robin Rhode, whose artwork Evergreen provided the artistic template for the iteration’s kit. Exhibition Match has collaborated with artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi for the project’s latest edition. 

Walkabout

Ernest Cole Award Exhibition: Walkabout
The Weight of a Kiss 
by Motlhoki Nono

Location
70 Juta Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Date
13 September 2023
11am

Event details
Photo: is pleased to announce the exhibition of the Ernest Cole Award recipient 22/23. The Award acknowledges Ernest Cole’s important role in South African photography. Motlhoki Nono is the recipient. 

Her exhibition, The Weight of a Kiss is an intimate exploration of the social and filmic experiences of love. Dealing with questions around constructions of love, it explores how this is fabricated and translates in different social settings. For this iteration of the work, the focus is on the event of the kiss in romantic productions, particularly films. Attempting to deconstruct the cinematic kiss by inserting a ‘witness’ in-between mouths kissing, the work becomes an uncanny, awkward and humorous comment on the weight of a kiss. The work centres black people’s intimate experiences with kissing.

Panel Discussion

The Okra Thief – Stories from Tingel 
with Sipho Ndlovu & Katharina Fink 

Location 
Sophiatown Arts Akademy
34 Wimbledon Rd, Brixton, Johannesburg, 2092

Date 
13 September 2023
3-5pm

Event details

An afternoon for children – Meet The Okra Thief is a book about the adventures of the twins named Maryam and Adnan from Tingel – but it is more than just a nice children’s book. It is the product of a creative, joyous exchange between children in Germany and Chad. It is a book for children, made by children, illustrated lovingly by Chadian graphic artist, Salma Khalil. The book is available worldwide in two versions – English/German and French/Arabic. 

Exhibition Opening

Bekumnandi Sisonke  Solo Exhibition by Lazi Mathebula 

Location
Artivist & Untitled Basement 
7 Reserve St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2017

Date 
9 September 23
10am – 5pm

Event details
Bekumnandi Sisonke  Lazi Mathebula presents his 4th Solo Exhibition. An exploration of the cultural and artistic renaissance that was Sophiatown.  The artist uses paper as a primary material to represent the figures, symbols and textures of that time. The material also represents  the fragility and fleeting nature of the subject and the time. It is manipulated to build character and add a melancholic feel to the work. The feeling of displacement, interruption and crumbling. That impermanence of beauty is Sophiatown in a nutshell.

@artivistjhb

Exhibition Opening

Graduate School of Architecture in the City
Opening and Walkabout

Unit 7 Speculative and Improbable: Creating New Worlds Johannesburg, Unit 20 Spectres of the Capitol, Unit 21 Phantom Cartography, Unit 22 Artificial Territory, Unit 23 The Spect 

Location 
Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill
11 Kotze St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Date 
2 September 2023
10:30 – 11:30

Event details

The Graduate School of Architecture at The University of Johannesburg was founded in 2015, with the vision of a transformative space for our students, educators and researchers. The school, situated in a complex, rich and potential-laden place and moment presents a unique opportunity for architectural pedagogy and the architecture profession within South Africa and the continent to re-evaluate, reform and reimagine our histories, present and futures as we move towards an African Renascence.   In the rebirth of the continent, we locate ourselves in the City of Johannesburg to engage with how we enquire, understand, imagine and make our city through social, political, environmental and economic acts. This is embedded in our transformative agenda as we collectively shift the conversations and dialogues to question the norms, forms and protocols of architecture that have become canonical in the making of architecture throughout this country’s history. Power, agency, race, identity and class have defined not only the fabric of our cities but the practices of our profession as architects as well. Through Unit System Africa we critically engage these themes to present and offer alternative spaces and practices to expand the profession and the role of an architect.   2023 marks the eighth year of our Unit System Africa, the seventh full year of the GSA as an autonomous school within the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at UJ, and the third year under the direction of Prof Mark Raymond.  Unit System Africa continues to evolve. This is a young School with enormous ambitions that cannot be restricted by the challenges we face. With the rapid growth of the GSA, we continue to attract students from other universities within South Africa and a steadily increasing number of international students from neighbouring African countries, who are all actively seeking alternative ways of learning, as a way of broadening their role in architectural practice and the world of design and research.  As part of this exhibition, 5 of the 9 Units will exhibit some of the work they have been engaging in throughout the year. Each with their own pedagogic questions, approaches, and methods.

www.constitionhill.org.za





Exhibition

Bazobuya Exhibition hosted by ‘Occupying the Gallery’ 

With Mary Sibande, Lawrence Lemaoana, Bongani Ndlovu , Hoek Swaratlhe, Lusanda Ndita, Mlondi Magubane, Ngoma KaMphahlele 

Location 
Gallery 1, Keyes Art Mile
Rosebank

Date 

7 September – 30 September 2023
10am to 5pm

Event details

‘Bazobuya… they are coming back’ is fundamentally an artist mentorship and support programme which culminates in an art exhibition hosted by ‘Occupying the Gallery’ an initiative hosted by Mary Sibande and Lawrence Lemaoana. The principle of ‘Occupying the Gallery’ and the makeshift of an open studio in an unsuspecting white cube, aims to encourage and unpack how peer and public engagement inform processes of making.  Through the mentorship and access to artist studios of Lawrence Lemaoana and Mary Sibande, five art projects by 5 emerging artists have been identified and nurtured. All the 5 participants are black males whose bodies of works focus foreground narratives from their marginalized communities. In each of the participants’ projects they unpack stories from these communities particularly focusing on gender and masculinity through various visual arts mediums.  ‘Bazobuya’ references the musical group, the ‘Soul Brothers’ 1990 song of the same title, echoing the lament of children, mothers, wives of husbands who have left home due to the migrant labour system in South Africa. It is a Zulu phrase which translates to ‘they are coming back’ and is here used as an umbrella to speak to various issues concerning the socio-political navigations of black men in South Africa. The exhibition will take place in Gallery 1 at Keyes Art Mile. Participating artists: Bongani Ndlovu  Hoek Swaratlhe  Lusanda Ndita Mlondi Magubane Ngoma KaMphahlele.

www.first-thursdays.co.za





Open Day

Latitudes Centre for the Arts: Open Day

Location 
Latitudes Centre for the Arts
Shepstone Gardens, 12 Hope Road, Mountain View, 2192

Date 
8 September 2023 
10am – 3pm

Event details
Visit Latitudes Centre for the Arts (LCA), Johannesburg’s newest multi-purpose exhibition space. LCA is located at Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property above Houghton.  LCA’s inaugural exhibition, All That She Carried, is a large-scale exhibition that borrows its name from the title of Tiya Alicia Miles’s New York Times bestseller. The African American historian “traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft a testament to people who are left out of the archives.” It creates a perfect springboard into an exploration of the current status quo (the emotional, mental and physical tolls and/or tools) of women artists working and living in South Africa.

Gallery Visits

Gallery Hopping with Thabo the Tourist

Location 
39 Keyes Avenue @ the Trov gallery,
Keyes Art Mile Rosebank, Johannesburg

Date 
2 September 202

9 September 2023

10am-1pm

Event details

Experience Joburg’s first of its kind therapeutic Art Gallery Hopping Experience with the art-tourism connoisseur @Thabo the Tourist in the vibrant multi-cultural districts, business node and tourist attraction of South Africa and learn more about Johannesburg northern suburbs of Rosebank and, Parkwood through an art enthusiast tour.  On this tour we will be hopping on Joburg’s most prestigious Art galleries, paying attention to the art world. I focus on introducing you to new exhibitions having discussions about the artworks which will help you think about what you are looking at more deeply trying to make you notice the details you might otherwise overlook on your own. Tourists get the opportunity to be guided out of their comfort zone, receive a positive experience that is defined by their own interests and feel the healing power of Art in a more memorable, relaxed and a fun way.  One will have an opportunity to interact with curators, gallerists, locals and might meet artists while experiencing the electrifying economic movement and the lifestyle of Johannesburg north.  Other things to note; Prepare for a show stopping sculpture collection, photographic exhibitions, contemporary African fine art exhibitions featuring African artists curated by Africans and, of course, in Africa. Clients are encouraged to purchase preferably after the experience. 

 

We meet at 39 Keyes Avenue @ the Trov gallery, walk down the street on Keyes Art Mile precinct in Rosebank, to visit Joburg’s oldest commercial Art gallery the Everard Read, walk across the street to visit its sister gallery the Circa. Hop On to explore the Trumpet building, the only black-owned gallery within the precinct BKHZ.  Hop On into a taxi to the Joburg’s Art strip on Jan Smuts avenue to visit the David Krut gallery, Gallery2, the Blue House, Kim Sacks gallery and the famous Goodman Gallery, and the tour end with a meal or drinks on one of the hidden joints at the Secret Courtyards, Parkwood or restaurants in Rosebank, mostly to reflect on the entire experience before hopping-off to our meeting point for departure, alternatively, depart from the venue. 

 

@thabothetourist






Panel Discussion

Art After Hours – The Art Fair Edition

Location 
9 September 2023
6pm

Date 
6 September 2023
8pm

Event details

Don’t miss out on the most exclusive event of the season! Join us on September 9th at the Hilton Sandton, right after the exhilarating art fair at the Convention Center. Our event promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with glamour and entertainment that will leave you longing for more.  Imagine sipping on welcome drinks and indulging in exquisite wine tastings, all while savoring a delectable selection of canapés that will tantalize your taste buds. As the night unfolds, be prepared to be serenaded by live entertainment that will set the perfect mood for an unforgettable night. Worried about transportation? We’ve got you covered with shuttle services to and from the Convention Center, ensuring a stress-free experience. Plus, enjoy the convenience of underground parking.  But here’s the catch – tickets are limited! The event kicks off at 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM, and we’ve partnered with Origin Art and Toura Travel Therapy to make it an evening you won’t want to miss. So, secure your spot now before it’s too late. Get ready to be part of something extraordinary and create lasting memories at the Hilton Sandton on September 9th!




Friday, 8th September

Collection tour of Anglo American

Location
144 Oxford Rd, Rosebank

Date
8 September 2023
11am

Event details

The Anglo American art and object collection is a combination of art collected over several decades through four different companies: Anglo American, de Beers Group, Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore.

The collection comprises of 3600 works, with around 1000 pieces in the collection on display at the newly commissioned Rosebank offices. Although vast, the collection experienced an acquisition hiatus from the early 2000s until 2021 creating a significant gap in the collection’s representation of contemporary art. The collection now has a dedicated curator, Megan Scott, tasked with its cataloguing and digitisation, opening an exciting new chapter which will see the gradual procurement of significant works that reflect our contemporary South African and African art world.

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