Openings This Week: CT | Design Indaba, GUILD and Art Fair

This week the Mother City hosts GUILD, Design Indaba, Art Fair and a Tattoo Convention on the same weekend. Here are all the details, so you can plan your weekend carefully:


Thursday, 27 February


A House in Harrington Street’, Nicholas Eppel’s debut solo exhibition, opens at Cape Town School of Photography




This exhibition reflects three years in the life of long-time Harrington Street resident, 68 year old Elizabeth Barrett. Eppel’s photographs document Elizabeth’s house and life, which stand as a testimony to community living against the rapid gentrification of the inner city. Elizabeth recently made headlines by saving 14 children from her burning house, which now stands in ruins.


62 Roeland Street, at 6pm


Go here for more info.



Friday, 28 February


GUILD International Design Fair opens at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront.




Over the course of 11 days, GUILD will transform The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront into a vibrant hub of design activity, community and conversation. In addition to the gallery exhibits, there will be a pop-up shop, ‘Artisan’, an interactive programme of talks and workshops, educational curator tours, performance art happenings and a variety of associated functions and events, including the official World Design Capital 2014 Gala dinner, where the winner of the World Design Impact Prize for 2013/2014 will be announced.


The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront from Friday, 28 February until Sunday, 9 March 2014.


Go here for the full programme, list of exhibitors and ticketing options.



Design Indaba Expo 2014 opens at The CTICC



The annual Design Indaba Expo has grown to become the biggest curated design event in the Southern Hemisphere and is the only platform that welcomes advertising, craft, decor, fashion, product design, industrial design, new media, publishing, visual art, jewellery design and graphic design, all under one roof.


The Expo runs Friday 28 February to Saturday 1 March from 10am – 8pm and on Sunday 2 March 2014 from 10am – 6pm.


Check out the ticketing options here.


Meet the Emerging Creatives here.


Go here for the full programme, exhibitors list and more details.




Cape Town Art Fair happens at The V&A Waterfront




Aside from just providing a long overdue platform for the South African contemporary scene, the Cape Town Art Fair also aims to make modern art attainable for the everyman and to encourage the average person to explore the breadth and depth of this thriving discipline.


This year’s exhibition features first-time participation from institutional heavyweights Stevenson, Goodman and Everard Read as well as a line-up of 34 of South Africa’s leading galleries. And if the previous event is anything to go by, the family-friendly contemporary art showcase will likely wow with its range of traditional works, like paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as modern photography, print and ceramics pieces from both established and up-and-coming artists.


The Fair runs Friday 28 February to Saturday 1 March from 10am – 8pm and on Sunday 2 March 2014 from 10am – 6pm at .


Go here for ticketing options, directions and the full weekend programme.



Drew Madacsi talks at Creative Mornings Cape Town




Drew’s passion, The House of Machines, is a custom bike workshop, coffee shop and bar, which exudes a special kind of energy. This dynamic business concept is an amalgamation of ideas which have come together to create a truly unique space. Drew’s talented approach to creating a multi-faceted workplace is evidence of his ability to harness a sustainable synergy of popular culture, designer appeal, and creative concepts.


Friends of Design, Academy of Digital Arts from 8:30am – 10am.


Go here for tickets and more info.



The Cape Town Tattoo Convention happens at City Hall




This year’s Tattoo Convention hosts top tattooists from around the world. An impressive number of local and international ink slingers are already confirmed (there are still more announcements to come), including feature artists, like Tommaso Buglioni from Italy, Boris Bianchi from the US and Cape Town’s own Manuela Gray from Wildfire Tattoos and Tyler B Murphy from the Sins of Style studio

In addition to getting inked and swinging clubs, visitors can add to their mission of body beautification with pin-up and rockabilly-style clothes and accessories from Miss Happ or score some ooh-la-la lashes and more at the AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium. The Convention will also feature a Victorian oddities art exhibition, a Sailor Jerry vintage pop-up bar and a live concert on Saturday night at The Assembly with local performers Van Coke Kartel, The Very Wicked and BEAST on the rocking line-up.


Cape Town City Hall from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014.


Go here for more information, ticketing options and the full programme.



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