In the east end of the inner city of Joburg lies a former light warehouse, now an exclusive art building known as August House. The five-story 1940s industrial structure houses more than 50 artists from across the continent in private studio spaces.
On Sunday, the artist hub will be hosting an open studio exhibition Open House. The exhibition will see over 50 artists open up their workrooms to the public, providing art lovers an opportunity to get to know the artists behind the works and to invest in pieces at affordable prices directly from the artists themselves. “It’s great opportunity to explore investment art without the frills of gallery formalities,” explains Kate Ballenden, manager of August House, an inclusive, grassroots community, which aims to afford creatives a platform outside of major institutions.
“Meeting the artists personally in their studio spaces gives buyers a behind-the-scenes look at where the art is created, a better sense of the creative process and a personal encounter with the creator of the art work on sale,” she says.
Attendees can expect to find a cross-section of pan-African contemporary art on show, from photography to print making, digital art, charcoal drawing, smoke drawing, sculpting, installations and videography. Artists presenting work range from emerging to established and include: Greatjoy Ndlovu, Andrew Kayser, Jake Singer, Vusi Mbulali, Thina Dube, Odette Graskie, Themba Khumalo and Toni-Ann Ballenden among many others.
Open Studio will be happening on 12 November at August House. See more about the event.