Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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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.

Murmurs of Earth Group Exhibition at Art on Avenues Contemporary Gallery in Somerset West

Until 26 April 2019

Murmurs of Earth is a group show inspired by the Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. Featured artists include Heidi Fourie, Kate Scharf, Lothar Böttcher, Nina Torr Maus Havenga, Ronsel De Jager, Sarah Walmsley and Stephen Rosin.

For more information, visit facebook.com/artonavenues.

Big Weirdo Solo Exhibition by Chris Denovan at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 26 April 2019

Revealing a fascination with comic books and the anti-hero, Chris Denovan’s sixth solo show, self-reflexively titled, Big Weirdo, exhibits a space in which the excessive and the impossible are held together through montage and paint. Iterating processes of transfiguration and translation, Chris’s subjects become a persona, each performing within a larger, non-prescriptive narrative.

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

Oliver Scarlin Solo Exhibition: Fruition at The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House in Cape Town

Until 30 April 2019

Chandler House is delighted to be hosting the third solo exhibition by painter Oliver Scarlin in the Voorkamer Gallery. Following from his sell-out exhibition, The Painter’s Plate in 2018,  Oliver has introduced narrative to his domestic still-life works by adding everyday items such as keys, napkins and seashells. The exhibition is more than a collection of traditional still-life works, but rather a humble celebration of the artist’s passions, which have all come together in his domestic space, work and life.

For more information, visit thevoorkamergallery.com.

Vertical Presence: The Sculpture of Edoardo Villa, Presented by True Design in Partnership with Strauss & Co at The Atrium at Keyes Art Mile in Johannesburg

Until 30 April 2019

Seldom does the public have the opportunity to explore and appreciate a curated display of the works of a single artist from a seminal private collection. Keyes Art Mile is hosting a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Edoardo Villa (1915–2011), one of South Africa’s most enduringly popular sculptors.

The exhibition, Vertical Presence: The Sculpture of Edoardo Villa, facilitates the Villa dream of human participation, physical proximity and tactile engagement with his works. The Atrium forms the central home of the exhibition and sculptures flow into True Design and out onto Keyes Avenue for passersby and visitors to enjoy.

A number of learning opportunities will be hosted during the course of the exhibition so that visitors will be able to learn more about the artist and engage with the work on display in various different ways, including educational workshops on Thursday 11 April 2019 and walkabouts on Wednesday 17 April at 3:30pm and on Saturday 20 April at 10:30am.

For more information, visit keyesartmile.co.za.

KAMERS MAKERS Autumn 2019 in Johannesburg

26 April – 1 May 2019

SA’s original artisan up-market is back with two autumn shows.

KAMERS/Makers was blessed with a record-breaking 2018 – new Makers (more than 30% of the Makers at each show were new to the artisan community), new venues, new cities… and more than 50 000 visitors.

We can be proud that, firstly, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are thriving in South Africa; and secondly, that so many consumers appreciate the value and magic that a truly unique, locally made artisan product can offer.

This has informed the theme for 2019: Celebrating The Artisan Way.

From 26 April – 1 May 2019, KAMERS/Makers 2019 Joburg will be on at St David’s Marist Inanda, Sandton.

Tickets cost R60 via plankton.mobi and R90 at the entrance, which includes a limited-edition KAMERS/Makers shopper bag, Consol glass water bottle and magazine. Multi-entry tickets cost R120. Group discounts: Buy three, get one free. Students and pensioners pay R60 and those under the age of 18 enter for free.

For more information, visit kamersvol.com.

Penny Siopis Solo Exhibition Warm Water Imaginaries at STEVENSON Johannesburg

Until 3 May 2019

The works in this exhibition were made in response to an invitation to participate in Rising Waters: The Indian Ocean in the Twenty-first Century, a group exhibition at the McMullen Museum, Boston, in 2020. The show proposes to look at climate change and the migration of people, objects and ideas across the Indian Ocean. With Warm Water Imaginaries, Penny responds to this vast history and complex geological and social present through the creation of imaginary worlds in small and large paintings, as well as object-assemblages and a new film in progress. While alluding to narratives and images that speak to climate change, the works’ open form, associative materiality and vibrant process invite the spectator to project their own imaginings.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Bloodlines Imagined Histories Group Show at Deepest Darkest in Cape Town

Until 3 May 2019

The questioning of personal origin or place is often a process of filtering desired “truths” amidst the fictions that abound in a retelling, particularly when searching within a volatile and uncertain past or present. Eight artists were invited to respond to a two-hour music track traversing styles, periods and genres. A non-prescriptive catalyst for the teller to openly react and create. To imagine.

For more information, visit deepestdarkest.com.

Andrew Sutherland’s Drifter Solo Exhibition at Salon91 in Cape Town

Until 4 May 2019

The idea of pristine, untouched natural spaces remains a pertinent part of Andrew Sutherland’s imagination in this fifth solo exhibition with Salon91. In his paintings, that idea of pure landscape is able to exist, allowing an experience of self, removed from social or cultural trappings and attachments. The artist’s own feelings of awe within natural environments are pertinently expressed through his signature single figure dwarfed in the landscape.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

FR1000ID by Herman Mbamba and Cameron Platter at Blank Projects in Johannesburg

Until 4 May 2019

FR1000ID is an exhibition by Herman Mbamba and Cameron Platter, spanning components of drawing, painting and sculpture. The exhibition draws parallels between the practices of these artists and articulates a moment in African abstraction.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.


1 May 2019 – 5 May 2019

Cape Town’s dominance within the global design industry will resonate throughout Africa’s largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition as leading influencers display their take on this year’s theme – Designing for Africa – feels like home. Decorex Cape Town, taking place at Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 5 May 2019, is set to shine a spotlight on the unmatched local talent through a full feature programme.

Some of the key features include:

  • Decorex Urban Living Trend House
  • InStudio Trend Theatre
  • Children’s Playroom & Décor Project
  • The Designer PODs
  • The Lighting Project by Wire World
  • The Trend Kitchen
  • The Kitchen Project
  • The Bathroom Project
  • The Design Project
  • Gourmet Cooking Theatre
  • Global Trends Project
  • Wine Bar
  • The Gin & Rum Bar
  • Dine & Design Restaurant + Bar
  • The Harvest Table
  • Coffee Experience by Illy
  • The Wine Tasting Cellar
  • Designing for Africa by IID

In addition to the features’ programme, visitors will get to interact with some of the city’s most innovative trade leaders – revolutionising the design, build and lifestyle industries.

Book your tickets at decorex.co.za

Dokter and Misses Practically Everywhere Exhibition at Southern Guild in Cape Town

Until 8 May 2019

Dokter and Misses’ first solo show with Southern Guild will premiere a new series of collectable furniture inspired by the creative disorder and decay of urban ecosystems. Largely consisting of sculptural cabinets in timber, steel and glass, this new body of work experiments with jagged shapes, odd proportions and stacked forms overlaid with textural surface treatments.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

Jabulani Dhlamini: Isisekelo Solo Exhibition at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

Until 11 May 2019

For his fourth solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery, Jabulani Dhlamini presents a recent series of photographs taken across the country and continent. Integrating ethnographic and autobiographic approaches to image making, he unpacks our subjective relationship to space. Marking a departure for Jabulani, this work sits between figuration and abstraction which results in images that are both decisive and critical, resisting easy interpretation or categorisation.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Still Life With Flowers Solo Exhibition by Wim Botha at STEVENSON Cape Town

Until 11 May 2019

While the artist’s recent exhibitions have featured crystalline forms, reflective surfaces and fluorescent fixtures engaging light and movement, Still Life with Flowers stands as an introspective counterpoint. New oil paintings on raw cotton with natural pigments and ash, together with sculptures carved in walnut, shift attention to the landscape, creating immersive environments that are at once calming and tumultuous.

Entry into the exhibition is marked by a nocturnal installation of paintings on indigo walls; layered in dark hues, these are scattered with flashes in red and amber, as evocative of wildfires as they are of autumnal leaves. Within this landscape is positioned Botha’s towering skeleton, Study for the Garden of Earthly Delights, first seen at the Norval Foundation. Simultaneously Edenic and apocalyptic, benign and ancient, the figure is “a source of life but with death programmed into it from the start”. The figure appears deep in thought, oblivious to its surroundings. The small adjacent room containing sculpted objects – miniature skeletons, various fragments and anatomical parts crafted with wood, wax and marble – becomes a collector’s cabinet, a constellation both archaeological and votive.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

American Express Winter Sculpture Fair 2019 at Nirox Sculpture Park in Joburg

11 – 12 May 2019

Marco Meihling

On 11 and 12 May, guests are invited to journey out to the Cradle of Humankind for an enchanting escape from city life. There they will be able to sample some of the best food and wine in the country, all the while being wrapt in the wonder of sculpture that adorns the breathtaking landscape of Nirox Sculpture Park. The 7th edition sees top chefs and winemakers from the Franschhoek Valley bringing culinary mastery and craftsmanship to Johannesburg. The likes of Rupert & Rothschild, Plaisir de Merle, The Werf Restaurant, Babylonstoren and Glenwood Estate will be joining us at this year’s Fair. The 2019 Winter Sculpture Fair is open from 10am to 5pm daily on both 11 and 12 May, 2019. Tickets are available online only prior to the event at webtickets.co.za for R220 – R240. Children 12 years and under pay R40.

For more information, visit wintersculpturefair.co.za.

Alexia Vogel Solo Exhibition: Light Leak at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

Until 21 May 2019

In photography, a ‘light leak’ refers to an instance where a hole or gap in a camera lets light in to what is normally a light tight chamber. In this new body of work, Alexia Vogel considers the poetic and metaphorical implications of this idea in an exploration of the felt experience of light and space as rendered through paint. Alexia draws inspiration from a recent artist residency in Saint Émilion, France, undertaken in 2018, reflecting on a very specific experience while exploring its universal implications. The artist was deeply affected by the collegiate church of Saint Émilion, the sense of calm and respite to be found there, as well as entranced by the qualities and variations of light created by the architecture and stained glass. Through repeated visits Alexia zoned in on the specificities of the space– windows, columns, ceiling arches – as well as considered the expansiveness of the emotional experience engendered within. It is this expansiveness, this immersion, that the artist endeavours to bring to the current collection of work, exploring the interplay of the tangible and the intangible, the phenomenological and the spiritual.

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.

LIGHT SPACE LIFE – SAOTA Exhibition at Property One in Zurich, Switzerland

Until 31 May 2019

International, South Africa-based architecture firm SAOTA has opened LIGHT. SPACE. LIFE in Zurich, Switzerland. More than just a showcase of the award-winning firm’s work, the exhibition explores the synthesis of these core ideas within the work that has established SAOTA as an integral part of the global architectural landscape.

LIGHT. The energy that is crucial to human life is also the force that renders form, allowing the observer to perceive colour, texture and space.

SPACE. The manipulation of space and the definition of the sequence in which it is experienced has always been one of the architect’s primary tools. SAOTA’s architecture blends and shares space, blurring the division between elements; be it internal or external, sometimes extending to the horizon, or to the sky, to create buildings that invite a powerfully emotive response.

LIFE. SAOTA creates architecture that understands that human needs extend beyond just the requirement for shelter. They are stages for entertaining, for sharing, for rest, for families and for contemplation.

LIGHT SPACE LIFE offers a view into the thinking of an architectural practice that is relentlessly questioning the sense of and what it means to live today.

For more information, visit saota.com.

Solo Exhibition: e wá wo mi by Lakin Ogunbanwo at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town

Until 1 June 2019

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present e wá wo mi (*come look at me) – a new photographic series by Nigerian artist Lakin Ogunbanwo. Central to Ogunbanwo’s latest exploration, is the culture surrounding Nigerian brides and marriage ceremonies. He uses veiled portraiture to document the complexity of his culture, and counteract the West’s monolithic narratives of Africa and women.

Image courtesy of Lakin Ogunbanwo and WHATIFTHEWORLD

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

Crumbling Contours Exhibition at Craft+Graft in Cape Town

14 May (6pm) – 15 June 2019

From 14 May, co-working space and gallery Craft+Graft will play host to Crumbling Contours, a mixed-media exhibition featuring work by gifted local artists Jan Tshikhutula, Natasha Norman, Ronel Jordaan, Kellie Hames, Landi Raubenheimer, and Meraki Jewellery Design. The much-anticipated exhibition portrays the struggle to obtain freedom from the all-consuming city life. Through a variety of genres and mediums – printmaking, watercolour, jewellery and ceramics – the artists address the harsh, rigid urban reality and explore living and breathing through nature and creativity.

Contact curator Jeanne-Mare du Bois at art@craftgraft.co.za for more information.

RMB Turbine Art Fair in Joburg

12 – 14 July 2019

RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) is on the move to a new and bigger venue for the 7th edition of the Fair. RMB TAF, since its inception in 2013, has grown extensively year on year and 2019 will see the most substantial Fair yet in a new location – 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo. The event will be held from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July. Proudly partnered for a second year by RMB, TAF is a unique South African art collaboration that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works. As a talent brand, RMB nurtures and celebrates creativity widely, making this partnership a natural extension of the Bank’s respect for the possibilities that creativity unleashes. Enabling access to the arts by supporting and exposing emerging artists, attracting diverse audiences and existing and new collectors, demonstrates RMB’s commitment to transforming lives through the growth of the creative economy.

For more information, visit turbineartfair.co.za.

Conrad Hicks Solo Exhibition: Implement at Southern Guild in Cape Town

24 May – 17 July 2019

Image credit: Hayden Phipps

Conrad Hicks’ upcoming solo exhibition, Implement, is the culmination of an intuitive quest for beauty that the artist traces back to the origins of humankind. The new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture ripples with a primal energy, captured in the hammered marks and biomorphic forms that define the Cape Town blacksmith’s oeuvre.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

Yinka Shonibare Trade Winds Exhibition at The Norval Foundation in Cape Town

Until 26 August 2019

The exhibition Trade Winds by Yinka Shonibare CBE at The Norval Foundation brings together a series of artworks, including sculptures, photographs and a major installation, created between 2008 and 2018, which are connected through their use of Dutch Wax fabric.

For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org.

TSIATSIA – Searching For Connection Solo Exhibition by El Anatsui at ZEITZ MOCAA in Cape Town

Until December 2019

TSIATSIA – searching for connection, by the acclaimed artist El Anatsui, will adorn the museum’s iconic BMW Atrium until the end of the year.

El Anatsui’s work breaks away from the traditional cast of sculptural practice to invoke a multi-layered, sensory reimagining of our material world.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum.