The fair will bring together into one carefully curated space hand made, limited edition collectable design from Africa, the US, South America, Britain and Europe. GUILD will explore the theme of ‘making’ at a very elevated, collectible level, where the word ‘guild’ implies a group of individuals sharing the same interests and goals, formed for mutual aid and to maintain standards of excellence.
Trevyn McGowan, founder and director of Southern Guild, explains some of the thinking behind this exhibition-cum-fair:
The inaugural GUILD will see pioneering, hand crafted design pieces return to the birthplace of the ‘man made object’, Africa, exhibited alongside the earliest artefacts produced a hundred thousand years ago. From man’s involvement with ‘making’ at its most basic, instinctive and original form, to objects created using leading edge technological processes, GUILD will explore inspired work, at the intersection between design, craft and art. Rather than just a commercial platform, this is also an academic and institution led examination of what is important to us as a society and understanding the most essential forms of human expression on a functional level.
The fair’s featured designer is Spanish-born, Dutch-based Nacho Carbonell. Global galleries showing are R 20th Century NY, Milan’s Rossana Orlandi and Brazilian-Colombian collective Coletivo Amor de Madre. African design will be represented by Design Network Africa and Southern Guild, as well as through the Origins Centre’s exhibit, ‘Design Origins Africa South’.
The V&A Museum and British Council will also launch their Makers Library project at GUILD, and the exciting Agents of the 3D Revolution collective will show how the best international 3D print designers and artists are shaping new technology to serve their creative needs.
GUILD Design Fair will take place between February 28 and March 9 2014 at the The Lookout in Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.
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Friday 28 Feb: 11am – 3pm (opening day)
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday 2 Mar: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 9 Mar: 11am – 4pm (closing day)
There will be a series of different talks given free of charge with entry during the duration of the fair.
- The Southern Guild directors
- Samsung Talks by different designers and academics who are participating in the fair
- School and student tours
Check here for dates and times for each of the talks.
Tickets are available at Computicket and at the door.
Entrance is R75 Per person
R50 Students & pensioners
R120 GUILD & Cape Town Art Fair Pass
R200 10-day pass
Free Children under 12