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.


The 5th Annual Wakkerstroom Arts and Craft Ramble in Mpumalanga

15 – 17 June 2018

Known as the “Jewel of Mpumalanga”, the village of Wakkerstroom is home to many artists and craftspeople, both professional and amateur. The official opening is at 17h30 at Ijuba Gallery, at which guest artist Jan Tshikuthula will be present. All are welcome. There will be a 22-metre-long fire pit and lots of food and drink stalls to keep you warm. Exhibitors from near and far will show and sell their wares from various shops and venues around the village until Sunday 17 June. Local artists will also be working and displaying art from their own home studios.

For more information, visit artramblewakkerstroom.co.za.

Art & Design Saturday at Keyes Art Mile in Joburg

16 June 2018 (10 am until 3 pm)


The 2018 season of Art & Design Saturday at Keyes Art Mile is further bolstering its position as an essential part of Joburg’s creative calendar with the announcement that The Emporium will become a regular feature of the event’s offering.

Taking its inspiration from the contemporary art stores of the world’s leading galleries and museums, The Emporium will be a monthly bespoke, luxury event featuring the work of carefully selected art and design creatives.

Echoing the ethos of the current Art & Design Saturday season, this highly curated environment will be a space for art lovers, creative aficionados, newcomers to the design scene and those seeking a one-of-a-kind retail experience.

For more information, visit facebook.com.

Mawande Ka Zenzile – Uhambo Luyazilawula Exhibition at the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg

Until 29 June 2018

The Stevenson Gallery will be exhibiting Uhambo Luyazilawula, a new body of work by Mawande Ka Zenzile, consisting of painting, sculpture and installation.

This is Ka Zenzile’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens on Saturday 12 May, from 10am to 1pm.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

City Without a Sun by Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Blake Daniels at blank projects in Cape Town

Until 30 June

In this collaborative exhibition, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt and Blake Daniels present a new body of paintings, drawings and sculptural installations that reconstruct the intimate moments shared under a collapsing church tent outside their studio in Johannesburg. Each artist engages this collapsible and migratory border between what is holy and what is not, with a genuine pursuit of reconfiguring an undocumented history, each one out of sync with the each other. Kreutzfeldt works with the spatial association and structure of the tent, beginning with its movements, remnants and the ground it leaves behind. Daniels’ paintings tell stories of the tent; tales of murdered deities, sexual ceremony hidden from public view, or which a taboo love is drowned in baptism.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.

Dada Khanyisa’s Bamb’iphone Exhibition at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town

Until 30 June 2018

Bamb’iphone is Dada Khanyisa’s first solo show with the Stevenson Gallery. In this presentation of three-dimensional paintings, drawings and sculptures, Dada explores a ubiquitous everyday object that nonetheless retains the ability to confer social capital – the cellphone.

The title, which translates to ‘Pick up the phone’ or ‘Hold the phone’, draws the viewer’s attention to the myriad narratives that pivot around this device.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Odili Donald Odita’s Other World Exhibition at Stevenson Gallery Cape Town

Until 30 June 2018

STEVENSON is pleased to present Other World, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Odili Donald Odita – his fourth with the gallery.

About this body of work, Odita writes:

There is the understanding that ‘otherness’ defines a socially constructed space existing outside of the normal, forcibly and otherwise. I had imagined myself also speaking from this place, but I realize that I am also directly affected by all things that happen in the mainstream world, whether I like it, or not.

We are not living in separate worlds. The ‘other world’ is this world. There is no separation from this and that. The only separation that exists is the one that we create in our minds.

In the straight world, we are dragged through polluted forests, tangled deep in xenophobic populism, never-ending racism, and malevolent sexism meant only to extinguish all hope for any possibility of change within our world. In consequence, these circumstances have brought out both the best, and the worst in our character as human beings. Cynicism stands next to optimism in a perpetual struggle for dominance in our slow steps toward development and change.

There can exist between each bomb blast the possibility to imagine a better world lived in a different way. Within those rare moments of silence, and before the next bullet hits, we can possibly discover our strength and independence in life lived outside the confine of norms that continue to alienate and divide.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

50ty/50ty Print Collection at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 30 June 2018

50ty/50ty is a collection of limited-edition screen prints, created in collaboration with local artists, illustrators and designers and is currently being exhibited at 99 Loop Gallery. The brainchild of Black River Studio, the initiative is named 50ty/50ty after the collaborative process between artist and printmaker in the creation of a fine art print. The name also references the number to which each print edition is limited.

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

Endless Group Exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town

Until 30 June 2018

Natasha Norman – Portrait of Time

This group exhibition features Georgina Berens, Amber Moir, Natasha Norman and Gabrielle Raaff. It opens at 6:30pm on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

Paravent – Paintings by Olaf Hajek & Bifurcation – Functional wooden sculpture by Adam Birch at GUILD in Cape Town

Until 12 July 2018

Olaf Hajek

Paravent – which means “folding screen” in French – is Olaf’s third solo show in Cape Town, which the internationally renowned German painter calls his second home. This new body of work, presented in collaboration with WHATIFTHEWORLD, depict lush still-lives, vibrant interiors, and mesmerising landscapes whose theatricality is heightened by the recurring motif of a folding screen.

Bifurcation by Adam Birch is a collection of functional wooden sculpture, both minimal and monumental in size. It is a first solo exhibition for Adam, whose sensitivity to the unique forms, patterns and imperfections of each tree is carried through into pieces that are highly sought after at international design fairs and auctions.

For more information, visit theguildgroup.co.za.

– nano 1.2 at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

5 June – 10 July 2018

A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.1 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm. The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.

Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.

Narrative Means at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

2 June – 14 July 2018

The life of an artwork is a curious thing. It begins with an experience or idea translated into a tangible expression by an artist. Traditionally, this has taken the form of a painting, photograph or sculpture, but in some instances, the process involves the artist rethinking the boundaries of those mediums as a way to explore their subject matter. What results is an encounter—sometimes, even a relationship—between the object produced, the hand that made it and those who view the work. Through this exchange, a story unfolds and with it, a new meaning is made.

Works by artists Alfredo Jaar, Broomberg and Chanarin, David Goldblatt, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Kendell Geers, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Mikhael Subotzky, Misheck Masamvu,  mounir fatmi, Samson Kambalu and William Kentridge will be showcased.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Transmissions: A Group Video Show at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg

7 June – 14 July 2018

Gallery MOMO presents Transmissions, the fourth installment of their annual video show.

In this group exhibition, five young local artists challenge the conventions of traditional video art. A (drag) queen’s mirror is a photo booth selfie. A cityscape is transported into the gallery via wormhole in the middle of the room. A GIF is encased in an ornate, kitsch-baroque frame. The result is a channel-surfing of sorts through eclectic worlds, each of them subverting traditions of cinematic form, as well as daring to ask questions about identity and intimacy, location and dislocation, reception and transmission.

For more information, visit facebook.com.

R A I N D A N C E Group Show at Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House in Cape Town

2 June – 27 July 2018

To every Capetonian, 2018 will always be remembered as the Year of Water, or lack thereof. The water crisis that we find ourselves in is indicative of the changing world and is a call for us to change too. To acknowledge these changes we have invited artists to work together to create an exhibition of artwork that highlights what the element of water means to them. Some artists have depicted soothing scenes of an abundance of water falling in nature, while others have reflected upon the allegorical and metaphorical aspects of water.

For more information, visit voorkamergallery.com.

Decorex Joburg

8 – 12 August 2018

This year’s flagship Decorex exhibition will draw on 25 years of industry influence while unveiling 2018’s best decor, design and lifestyle trends at this landmark show taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August.

Hinging on the expressive #rhythmoflife theme, Decorex Joburg offers visitors a unique space to peruse the most inspired decor products, colour schemes and designer styles represented in show stopping installations.

Popular features that make up the fabric this exhibition will return in the form of the Decorex Designer Spotlight, Builders DIY Theatre, @home Trend Home presented by Decorex and Franke Kitchen Trends Project – all curated by leading regional designers.

Plascon, the headline sponsors since the show’s inception – and leading colour specialists – will make a bold statement at Decorex Joburg 2018 through an interactive exhibition feature that brings to life the power of paint using a colour palette that directly signifies the city of Joburg.

For more information, visit reedexpoafrica.co.za.


30 August – 2 September

The annual Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo is on from 30 August to 2 September at the CTICC. Whether your interest is in what’s trending in home improvement, enhancing your outdoor living space, refreshing your interiors or creating a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, the HOMEMAKERS Expo brings the best industry experts together under one roof.

For more information, visit homemakersonline.co.za.