Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

local events

There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.


Investec Cape Town Art Fair

16 – 18 February 2018

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.

The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent and beyond. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.

For more information, visit investeccapetownartfair.co.za.

Ardmore’s Voyage of Discovery at Cellar’s Hohenort in Cape Town

16 – 18 February 2018

Ardmore Ceramic Art is one of South Africa’s greatest creative success stories and to mark the occasion of Ardmore founder, Fee Halsted’s 60th birthday, she and the Ardmore Artists are getting set to take you on a fantastical journey at Cellar’s Hohenort. Be it by hot air balloon, mokoro, bicycle, bakkie, bus or plane – or even on the back of a hippo or on the wings of a butterfly – it will be an intrepid adventure, exploring the world of Ardmore and its African roots.

The work of the studio’s artists has been sold at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s in London and to collectors in New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

For more information, visit ardmoreceramics.co.za.

NIGHTSCAPE at Design Indaba Festival 2018

22 – 23 February 2018

Design Indaba Festival 2018 presents a celebration of sound and sight in a festival of music, performance and exhibitions on the Artscape Piazza, having curated an unexpected selection of music, performance art, installations, exhibitions, gourmet street food and film to create an inimitable sensorial experience.

Doors open at 5PM.

For more information, visit designindaba.com.

Love is a Difficult Blue Solo Exhibition by Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town

Until 24 February 2018

Goodman Gallery starts the year with an exhibition of strikingly beautiful and eminently political new work by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh titled Love is a Difficult Blue, questioning the status of women in society and in art history.

Love is a Difficult Blue is an exhibition of new collaborative works by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh in which the artists look to women and to nature for inspiration – a key focus since they first collaborated in the early 2000s. In their individual and collective practices, the artists doggedly question the status of women in society and in art history. This is a central concern to Amer’s work and appears subtly in Farkhondeh’s “Broken Landscapes” series in which repression and of women in contemporary times is explored.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Lara Feldman In Their Nature Solo Exhibition at Chandler House’s Voorkamer Gallery in Cape Town

Until 24 February 2018

In this body of work Feldman explores her sitters’ inner psychological worlds through her colour, brushwork and the repetitive layering of paint. The show takes on the form of a crowd, with each portrait carefully observed, respected and “seen”.

For more information, visit thevoorkamergallery.com.

MIGRATION by Sarah Pratt at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town

Until 24 February 2018

Sarah Pratt’s collection of puffins and flamingos, herons and hot air balloons, wild dogs and horses appear as if conjured from a poem.

Migration is a whimsical look at animals in diaspora. This is not the first time that Pratt has employed the animal in her works, but her employment of them remains vested in the juxtaposition of the unexpected, and the absurdity and humour of dreams. Her works communicate the musings of the artist’s own personal struggles with space and place, and humanity’s tenuous link with the natural world.

As viewers we are free to muse on the encounters of birds, mammals, plants and other flying things in the “nowhere” place of the picture plane. In spaces described by decorative foliage or a pink sunrise or sunset, Pratt’s encounter of species delicately reflects an uncertain universe.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

LOVE? by Banele Khoza at Smith Studio in Cape Town

Until 24 February 2018

This is the first solo exhibition from Pretoria-based artist Banele Khoza at Smith Studio after a hugely successful 2017 that included group shows, three art fairs and a prestigious award.

In 2017, Khoza represented SMITH at the Cape Town Art Fair, the FNB Joburg Art Fair and the AKAA Fair in Paris. LOVE? is the artist’s third solo effort following 2017’s Lonely Nights at Lizamore & Associates in Johannesburg and Temporary Feelings at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2016.

Khoza’s concern with gender, masculinity and identity remain strong motivations in his new collection but with LOVE? he introduces a wistful and sardonic take on love in the technological age.

For more information, visit smithstudio.co.za.

Solo Shows: Fanie Buys, Richard Mason & Chris Valentine at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 24 February 2018

99 Loop starts its 2018 exhibition calendar with substantial solo shows by three distinctive emerging painters: Fanie Buys, Richard Mason & Chris Valentine.

These exhibitions all examine aspects of contemporary urban life, the increasing digitisation of our experiences and the tangled imagery of childhood nostalgia.

Fanie Buys | This Man

Michaelis graduate Fanie Buys has been making a name for himself through his painterly works, which reveal quirky obsessions we can all in some way relate to (though we might be too shy to admit it). This Man, his first solo show, features portraits derived from family photographs and celebrity tabloids, in reference to Buys’s inner confrontation with the looming acquaintance he both seeks to impress and ignore in the process of unashamedly becoming himself.

Richard Mason | 放浪と学習の年 (The Wandering Years)

Drawing on our anxieties of the digital age and the speed at which technology has become our environment, Richard Mason uses industrial materials and processes to produce intricate works that explore what he calls “our merging with the reality of the virtual.”

Mason’s paintings parade the superficial glow of colourful chemicals across ultra-flat industrial surfaces, which combine to impact strongly on the viewer.

Chris Valentine | SubText

A self-taught artist based in Joburg, Chris Valentine deconstructs portraits of city dwellers, pairing a realistic style with a glitched and scratched surface. He questions the disconnection between our everyday and online identities, as well as the power of the individual versus the collective.

For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.

Sheer Water by Mandy Lake at Cape Gallery

Until 25 February 2018

Mandy has always been drawn to the sea and her paintings aim to capture its endless motion and changing moods: a series of close-up encounters in which the viewer becomes immersed and loses sight of the shore.

The exhibition explores her growing fascination with the translucent qualities of the ocean – and traces her journey to capture this fleeting play of light on water from two perspectives. Looking down from above, the ocean remains elusive, its surface stirred by wind, tide and current. At times it is clear and transparent allowing the light to dive beneath the surface and illuminate hidden treasures. At others it is moody and translucent as the light slows and thickens, casting shadows in the deep.

For more information, visit capegallery.co.za.

Uncovering Ancient Memory – 15 Years of Etching by Deborah Bell at the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town

Until 28 February 2018

David Krut Projects is pleased to present Uncovering Ancient Memory – 15 Years of Etchings by artist Deborah Bell, one of the great art printmakers in South Africa. This unique showcase features selected prints from 15 years of collaborative work between Bell and the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg. The exhibition celebrates the start of Bell’s collaboration with David Krut Workshop in 2002 starting with the Ulysses series, the first editions printed at the DKW studio, and continuing on to the her most recent collaboration with US Master Printer Phil Sanders at DKW in 2017.

Bell’s body of work has consistently delved into the realm of self-discovery and her subconscious memory; also using ancient Western and Africans myths and iconography to discovering the Self. All the time realising these discoveries through the exploration of various intaglio techniques and pushing the boundaries of printmaking.

For more information, visit davidkrutprojects.com.

LIGHT SPACE LIFE – Past, Present & Future Work at THE ARCHITECT Pop-up Gallery in Cape Town

Until 2 March 2018

Light Space Life is SAOTA’s first exhibition at THE ARCHITECT pop-up gallery at The Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA). With work in 86 countries, the exhibition highlights SAOTA’s past, present and future work around the globe.

The gallery has been transformed to reflect SAOTA’s distinctive style and dedicated approach to design. The space is divided into regions – Southern Africa, West -, East- and Central Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and America – taking the viewer through the studio’s history and 30-year journey.

A focal point is a high impact zone featuring a selection of signature projects and timelapse footage. Tenebris Lab, a design collaborative and software development studio, will allow viewers to experience and explore projects in Virtual Reality through Lux Walker.

SAOTA staff have built scale models of key projects to demonstrate the use of light and space. Held until 2 March 2018, entrance is free and open to the public on First Thursdays and daily between 12pm – 2pm.

For more information, visit saota.com.

New Romantics at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

Until 6 March 2018

For the first time in South Africa an exhibition dedicated to exploring a “romantic” turn in contemporary art will be staged at Barnard from 30 January 2018. It is curated by well-known art commentator Mary Corrigall, who has been closely observing this movement, which has largely been confined to a generation of young Cape Town based-painters, all contemporaries. Their works will be presented along with established mid-career artists from Joburg that have been preoccupied with the area where nature, science and the sublime converge under the banner of romanticism. In harnessing and coming to grips with the aesthetic and ideological drivers behind this painterly mode, Corrigall has chosen to dub it “new romanticism” as it shares characteristics with a titular movement in the late 18th century.

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.

Love Story by Candice Breitz at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

Until 10 March 2018

Julianne Moore + Mamy Maloba Langa in Love Story – a seven-channel installation by Candice Breitz – interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced, prompting viewers to consider: Why is it that the same audiences that are driven to tears by fictional blockbusters, remain affectless in the face of actual human suffering?

The work is based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Ezzat Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria, José Maria João, a former child soldier from Angola; Mamy Maloba Langa, a survivor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Shabeena Saveri, an Indian transgender activist; Luis Nava, a political dissident from Venezuela; and Farah Abdi Mohamed, a young atheist from Somalia.

The interviews were conducted in the cities where each individual is seeking or has been granted asylum (two in Berlin, two in New York and two in Cape Town). In the first space of the installation, re-performed fragments from the six interviews are woven into a fast-paced montage featuring Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore (cast here as themselves: “an actor” and “an actress”). Each was asked to channel excerpts from three of the first-person narratives on a green-screen set, without the support of fictional backdrops, costumes, props, accents or interlocutors.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Al Latîf by Igshaan Adams at blank in Cape Town

Until 10 March 2018

In Al Latîf, Adams presents new configurations of process and material in a series of wall- and floor-based installations and tapestries, working both within his established vocabulary of abstraction as well as modes of representation found in his earlier practice.

In his more abstract, woven works, Adams revisits some of the processes from his previous exhibition, Oorskot. Mimicking organic, plant-like structures, these wall-based sculptures are caught in an ambiguous state of suspension between life and death, creation or decay. The theme of nature and the dynamic environment is carried through in his series of large tapestries that are woven in undulating waves of various blue and green synthetic materials, recalling sea or landscapes respectively. This impression of movement is communicated through Adams’ use of texture and composition, and is integral to the overall sensorial experience of the exhibition. In accordance with Sufi beliefs, there is an attempt to align one’s body with the rhythm of the universe through the subtle, gentle movements that form part of meditational prayer, and it is this quality of movement that he seeks to evoke in his works.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.

Kemang Wa Lehulere – Here I am, a concrete man, throwing himself into abstraction at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town

Until 10 March 2018

STEVENSON presents Here I am, a concrete man, throwing himself into abstraction, a solo exhibition by Kemang Wa Lehulere.

Using sculpture, installation and drawing, Wa Lehulere continues his questioning of historical narratives while exploring new formal possibilities.

In Here I am, a concrete man, throwing himself into abstraction, taken from a line in his father’s journal, Wa Lehulere expands his visual vocabulary. Wood is deconstructed and singed; metal is reconstituted and glass is weighted as the artist exploits familiar materials to create unexpected objects.

Wa Lehulere has recently won the Malcolm McLaren Award presented by Performa for his work I Cut My Skin to Liberate the Splinter. The prize is bestowed in recognition of artists who stage “an innovative and thought-provoking performance” during the New York-based biennial.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Bespoke Art Auction at Idiom Wine Estate

17 March 2018

Have the best of both worlds in the Cape Winelands and enjoy a gourmet lunch at Idiom Wine Estate on 17th March 2018 while supporting the Bespoke Art Auction in aid of Little Angels and Senecio.

Featuring a selection of superb lots by some of South Africa’s leading artists, including Anton Smit, Lionel Smit, Janko De Beer, Jimmy Law and many others, the Bespoke Art Auction will be hosted by two non-profit organizations that have dedicated their time to making a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities.

Tickets to the Bespoke Art Auction & Gala Luncheon include a delectable three course meal and canapés.

To buy tickets, visit quicket.co.za.

Festival of Art in Franschhoek

17 – 18 March 2018

This art extravaganza will feature artists across all genres, from painters, sculptors, potters and street performers to buskers and mime acts, all strategically situated at three venues in Franschhoek.

The aim is to introduce and expose South African artists with exceptional potential. A committee of artists, art lovers and curators have scouted and selected the artists that will be exhibiting at the festival from applicants that applied online. There will be approximately 60 artists throughout the three venues.

For more information, visit festivalofart.co.za.

Decorex Durban at Durban Exhibition Centre

21 – 25 March 2018

Leaders in the decor, design and lifestyle trade, Decorex Durban, will inspire visitors to find their unique #rhythmoflife with a range of stylish services and products featuring at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 25 March.

Decorex Durban sets the standard in the year’s latest interior and exterior decor with industry experts, high-end products and appliances, as well as endless inspiration all in one convenient location. Themed “Rhythm of Life”, Decorex Durban will feature the best 2018 trends in artful creations such as the Decorex Trend Haus, the Kitchen Trends Project and the Bathroom Trends Project.

The Decorex team, innovators in the décor and design industry, have organised several new, not-to-be-missed features, including: The Landscaping Feature,The Bedroom Project, She Sheds, Bathroom Trends Project, Rooms to Grow – for baby, toddler, tween and teen. Visitors can look forward to a number of food options available at Decorex Durban in the specially designated Food Zone with spacious seating surrounded by delectable taste options.

Ticket Prices: Adults – R95, Student/Pensioners – R85, Kids U12 – R20, Trade – R85, Exhibitor – R85

For more information, visit decorex.co.za.

Illusive Reality group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

1 March – 25 March 2018

The illusive constructs the artist builds on the flat plane of a canvas, project images for our contemplative view.

“Real” objects and figures can be staged in surreal juxtapositions evoking associative and dreamlike interpretations. Illusion referenced by the ancient Veidics as Maya is the projection of a memory or idea to create a different reality to what is actually there. In the dark, a piece of rope becomes a snake. In the moment of illusion the object is taken out of context losing the binding consciousness that connects it to the whole.

The artist is the alchemist who in creating a virtual world plays with our perception and reality.

For more information, visit capegallery.co.za.

Southern Guild Extra Ordinary Exhibition in Cape Town

Until 14 April 2018

Southern Guild launches its 10th anniversary with Extra Ordinary, an exhibition of specially commissioned pieces by a group of multidisciplinary artists, opening 14 February 2018 at its gallery in Cape Town’s Silo District. In the spirit of bold originality that has marked its decade-long journey of pioneering collectible design in South Africa, the gallery invited the makers to produce exploratory new work that crosses over into other disciplines, materials or technologies.

Extra Ordinary features both emerging and established designers outside of Southern Guild’s core stable. They include fashion designer Rich Mnisi, ceramic artists Zizipho Poswa and Madoda Fani, sculptors Daniella Mooney and Stanislaw Trzebinski, and newcomers such as 3D illustrator Ferdi B. Dick.

For more information, visit theguildgroup.co.za.

Winter Sculpture Fair at Nirox Sculpture Park in Johannesburg

12 – 13 May 2018

An enchanting sensory journey awaits at the 6th edition of the Winter Sculpture Fair. Feast your eyes on beautiful sculptures, feel the crisp winter air on your cheeks and taste the finest produce from Franschhoek within the pictuersque Nirox Sculpture Park.

The Franschhoek Valley is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. The Winter Sculpture Fair affords the Joburg audience an unparalled opportunity to sample the magnificent produce from a selection of the very best chefs and vignerons hailing from Franschhoek.

In 2018, Nirox has partnered with curators Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell from Wanås Konst, Sweden to present the 2018 edition of Winter Sculpture Fair. Wanås Konst Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way.

Tickets will be available online from 26 February 2018 and will not be available at the door.

For more information, visit wintersculpturefair.co.za.

Well Worn Fashion X Art Group Exhibition at Cavalli

Until 27 May 2018

If art serves as a mirror to our civilisation, what truer way is there to reflect on our zeitgeist than to examine art in its closet form to us – through fashion and textile. Participating artists examine and explore the way in which fashion and textile art plays an important role within contemporary art practice.

Exhibited artists include Megan Taljaard, Rozanne Vos, Hannalie Taute, Marianne Kemp, Themba Mbuyisa, Nicola De Jager, Caroline Tomlinson, Andie Reeves, Gregory Stock, Pierre Le Riche, Dominique Edwards, Brooke Schafer, Nadja Daehnke, Rosie James, Laylaa Jacobs, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Ludwich Olivier, Ilene Bothma, Marguerite Roux and Katja Abbotts.

For more information, visit cavalliestate.com.