As the deadline for the Durban leg of the glaceau® vitaminwater™ city insiders competition draws near, we were inspired to share some of Durban’s projects, people and places that we’re excited about right now.
Most well-known for his long and distinguished career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and as the co-founder of award-winning Durban-based design studio, disturbance, Richard is a relative newcomer to the art world. In March this year his solo show, “Night and Light and Neverness”, opened at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts Gallery, and in May he was invited to join The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts studio programme in New York City.
Durban Is Yours
If there is aaanything you need to know about Durban’s creative set, these are your guys. Founded in 2011, they describe themselves as ‘a young, alternative crew of misfits who write about the people, places and events in Durban that we’re into, like catching a sweet up and coming band at a sweaty pub gig or chatting to young creative kids with sick ideas.’ Less phased about the mainstream, DIY focusses on the lowbrow and underground art and music scene and swears they’re not journalists. Check them out for an East Coast education.
Skullboy is a qualified graphic designer who has been active as an artist, illustrator and curator in the local low-brow art exhibition scene since 2007. His first solo show You & Me in 2012 included 100 artworks documenting the victories and tragedies of how an anonymous selection of people came to lose their virginities. His second solo show A Sum Of Parts, earlier this year, saw him move in a new direction by exploring new mediums, styles and concepts from painting to sketches to sculpture , photography, and collaborations. The bulk of Skullboy’s work deals with the human condition, vices, Sunday Morning Guilt and other sorts of things our parents don’t like us to talk about.
The Factory Cafe
The Factory Cafe is a coffee destination, entertainment space, music venue and art gallery inside Colombo coffee roastery in Gale Street, Durban. You’ll often find a pop-up shop by a local designer and will always find free Wi-Fi.
Humans of Durban
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s street photography blog, Humans of New York, Humans of Durban is SA’s own look at the characters who make up one of our major cities. The project was started by Micaela de Freitas, who upon returning home to Durban after a year abroad was looking for a way to explore her city and to improve her photography. The ‘Humans of…’ concept was the perfect way for her to interact with the people of her city who she wouldn’t otherwise stop and chat to. Micaela uploads new portraits almost every day and says, “In just one outing, I’ll meet and photograph a sangoma, 60 year old women who play soccer, immigrants from the Congo and a guitar-playing Rastafarian. The streets of Durban are full of amazing, inspirational people and I am so glad I get to share their stories through this project.”
The first lady of illustration in Durban, Kim Longhurst is an artist, mother, compulsive blogger, self proclaimed magpie, and one half of bespoke design duo, The Curators. Of her illustration style, she says, “Oh how I wish that my style was dark and brooding but between my brain and my hand there seems to be a magic tunnel lined with unicorns that softens everything that passes through it and leaves it with a little glitter trapped in its eyelashes.”
Pics by Luca Barausse
Photographer/Designer Tyrone Bradley started his creative career as a designer for Iron Fist/Fox Africa before leaving to head up the Art and Creative Direction at skateboard company [R]evolution. It was here that his interest in photography grew and within a year he was shooting full-time for publications.
At 37-43 St Mary’s Avenue, Greyville you’ll find Freedom Café in all its splendour. Brought to life by Neil Roake, this ‘café-in-a-can’ is intimate and relaxed with unselfconsciously stylish décor by Roche and Greg Dry. The menu evolves constantly, guided by the mantra: ‘local, fresh, direct.’
Tyler Dolan specialises in hyper realism and editorial styled photographs, which often result in imagery that’s energetic and colourful. He became internationally recognized in 2012 when he travelled to the UK to exhibit his series ‘Walking the Street.’ Finding himself in direct appreciation of the present moment whenever he takes pictures, Tyler’s joy in photography comes from capturing something the eye doesn’t usually see.
Situated on the second floor above the famous eatery Spiga, Upstairs is a bar and venue that’s been created to capture Durban’s thriving creative culture. They give local artists, photographers, musicians, and comedians a platform that allows them to shine, and their Micro Gallery holds regular exhibitions throughout the year.
For hearty, incredible meals and welcoming staff this Italian style restaurant is just the place to go. And, with their feast days and regular specials, no one ever leaves Craft hungry. Find them at 35 Newport Avenue, Glen Ashley.
If you knew all this already, you should probably be entering the Durban City Insiders competition to win a trip to New York City. How it works:
glaceau® vitaminwater™ is giving away an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to New York to a lucky winner from Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. There are also 8 ipad mini spot prizes to be won in each city. We’ve hidden the grand prizes at secret locations. Once you’ve registered at www.cityinsiders.co.za you will need to tweet your city’s hashtag in order to see where the prize is. The more you tweet, the more we will zoom in. For an added advantage, purchase the glaceau® vitaminwater™ variants, then visit the ‘get clues’ tab on the competition site. The clues will help put you in a better position. Once the location is revealed, you will need to get to the location of the prize. The first person who is successfully vetted will win the prize, and two runners up will receive an iPad Mini each.
Durbs, your hashtag is #dbncityinsiders