Assemblage was founded in 2010, by Johannesburg-based artists Anthea Pokroy and Louise Van der Bijl, as a non-profit organisation for artists. Their mission is to create a forum where fellow Johannesburg artists can connect, collaborate and share ideas, information and advice.
Since the beginning, Assemblage has implemented a variety of projects – peer-mentoring groups, workshops and group exhibitions – and they’re about to launch their latest, the Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios (NewARC).
The initiative is the latest addition to the ‘cultural arc’ which stretches from Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, over Nelson Mandela Bridge, and into Newtown’s cultural precinct.
The space is a central hub for visual artists working in a variety of media (including painting, sculpture, photography, curating, writing, video and printmaking) and emphasises community, collaboration, sustainability and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills.
Assemblage will continue to run its current activities in the NewARC and resident artists can benefit from group sessions, workshops and talks, professional practice training, exhibition opportunities and international residency exchange.
As part of the first showcase of the NewARC, Mika Conradie, who currently works at the Market Photo Workshop as Archives and Research Coordinator, will be curating a 5 day exhibition and talks programme, entitled Or As With. This title comes out of the exploration of what it means to ‘launch’ an object or an event and is derived from the term ‘or as with’ which dictionaries use in order to explain how a word can be used in real life situations. Artists will explore notions of the word ‘launch’ and all of its manifestations.
You’re invited to join the launch party on Thursday 31 May at the NewARC from 18:00-21:00.
Address: 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown (entrance on the north side of the building)