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Openings This Week: CT | First Thursdays, A Group Ceramics Show + The Street Museum of Design Launch

This week it’s First Thursdays, when Cape Town’s central city comes alive as dozens of art galleries and stores stay open until late, inviting the public to spend their fresh pay checks. The first week of the month has become the busiest week on Cape Town’s creative calendar, and many galleries coordinate their exhibition openings to coincide with First Thursdays.


Here’s a list of this week’s must-see exhibition openings and creative happenings, so you don’t miss out.


Tuesday, 1 April


How to tell stories in an A.D.D world, a marketing communications class at Twenty Fifty




In a hyper-connected, socially-broadcasted world, how do you build an attentive audience, let alone engage a loyal customer base? Dinika Govender discusses new trends in PR and marketing communications, explores philosophies underlying sustainable communications practices, and will end off with a basic content marketing and strategic advertising tutorial.


Book here.


36 Buitenkant Street, 6pm – 7:30pm.


This is one in a series of classes taking place at Twenty Fifty.


Check out the website or Facebook page for more information.



Wednesday, 2 April


A Walking Tour with Dr Hans Fransen at Casa Labia




Art and Architectural historian, Dr Hans Fransen, discusses the heritage and the architectural history of the coastline from Muizenberg to St James. The lecture is followed by an optional tour.


Casa Labia, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg at 10am, R 60.



(First) Thursday, 3 April


Street Museum of Design (SMoD) officially opens with Creative Capital, an exhibition celebrating contemporary Cape Town




OKHA Showroom, 109 Hatfield Street, Cape Town at 7pm.


See the Facebook Event for more info.



Life Sentence by Misheck Masamvu opens at Blank Projects




Life Sentence continues to reflect on the fraught political and social situation of the artist’s home country, Zimbabwe. Produced in oils with vigorous brush strokes and intense colors, the paintings depict figures and chimeras, often disfigured and degraded, which seem at times to be trapped in bold colour fields resembling abstracted landscapes or mobs of imagined spectators. In other paintings the background comes to the fore and individual figures subtly shift into focus, playing out ironically absurd scenarios that reflect on the psychosocial and political realities of present day Zimbabwe.


113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town at 6pm.



Recite, a solo exhibition by Kitty Dorje opens at The Cape Gallery




Recite, the title of Kitty Dörje’s solo exhibition at The Cape Gallery, encompasses three areas of exploration, namely memory, location and point of view. The exhibition features a body of recent paintings concerning the subject of retaining individual identity within hierarchies and functioning systems that exist in society.


60 Church Street, from 5pm – 9pm.


Go here for more info.



Perspectives & Dramascapes by Zemba Luzamba and Wycliffe Mundopa opens at Ebony as part of First Thursdays.




67 Loop Street, Cape Town from 5pm – 9pm.


Go here for more info.



My people, let Pharaoh go, a solo exhibition by Khaya Witbooi opens at the Worldart gallery


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This top 40 finalist for the SPI National Portrait Awards 2013 explores the socio-political reality of democracy in South Africa. His visual language is drawn from city walls and urban underground culture and he uses stencil techniques and oil painting to create his urban style paintings. Titled My people, let Pharaoh go, this exhibition asks why people are faithful to an institution that does not seem to serve them when it is clear that it is just another system of oppression.


54 Church Street, Cape Town from 5pm.


Go here for more information.



Three new exhibitions open at AVA Gallery


The Face of Cape Town by Nicholas Esterhuizen


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Brutalised Barbie by Donovan Ward


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Remedy by Joy Voysey


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AVA Gallery, 35 Church Street, Cape Town.


See the Facebook Event for more details.



Soul Awakening by Michaela Rinaldi opens at State of the ART




A collection of pieces spanning the last two years… a pivotal growth period in Michaela’s life that she calls her ‘soul awakening’. Every piece is an expression of an emotion or a subconscious stirring. An awakening of self, a journey of self-acceptance. Included are works based on the sad realization of the atrocities of the apartheid regime that Michaela lived through as a teenager, but was oblivious to at the time.


61 Shortmarket Street, from 5pm – 9pm.


Go here for more info.



Photos in Black and White Margaret Bourke-White’s photography exhibition opens at Michaelis Gallery




The exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Margaret Bourke-White’s rarely seen photojournalistic portrayal of South Africa in 1949 and 1950. Hired by Henry Luce as the first photographer for Fortune magazine in 1929, Margaret Bourke-White became one of four staff photographers at Luce’s renowned illustrated news magazine, Life. With 24 million readers, Life represented the most widely circulated form of visual information in the world.


Michaelis Galleries, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town from 6pm.



Saturday, 5 April


Theo Paul Vorster exhibition Freshly Cut Lino’s opens at SA Print Gallery


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Theo Paul Vorster brings forward a beautiful selection of hand coloured Linocuts and Monotypes boasting with magical colour and energy, luring the viewer into a Surrealistic world filled with playful drama.


South African Print Gallery, 109 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town from 10am – 4pm.


Go here for more information.



The Riding Hood, Ride #10 takes place in Woodstock.




Take a bike ride to discover Cape Town, raise awareness around cycling safety, and get more confident on the road. There’ll be pit stops for coffee, art and probably a pint of beer and something to eat.


Meet at  Woodstock Cycleworks at 09:30am, where you can also hire a bike for the ride.


Alternatively, you can hire a bike from Up Cycles who offers and exclusive 50% discount.


See the Facebook Event for more details.



Hand Thrown by Heart, a group ceramics exhibition at Art in the Forrest




A ceramics exhibition showcasing the art of hand thrown ceramics by leading ceramicists Anthony Shapiro, Clementina Van der Walt and Andrew Walford.


Art in the Forrest is accessed from Rhodes Drive, at Constantia Neck Circle, opens at 11am.


RSVP to bianca@artintheforrest.com



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