Openings This Week: JHB | A film about disenchanted youth, the Behance portfolio review, and open studios at Wits

This week’s Jhb art openings and events include a film screening, the next instalment of Design Share Party, a two day project about the transformative power of film, the Behance creative portfolio review evening, a Beezy Bailey solo show, a museum of impermanence, a selection of Wits art students invite you into their studios and a film screening about a very important red Merc.


Wednesday 14 May 2014


La Haine, a film screening by GRIND



La Haine is a French film about the social tension in challenging urban spaces, in housing projects in France. It was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and released in 1995. The story tells the boredom of a youth living on the fringe of the city and of the society, but also the way media can be manipulated to reinforce the stigmatisation of a part of the population. Does the French “malaise des banlieues”, translated in the movie as “troubled youth” have a South African alter-ego ?


GRIND Studio, 308 Fox Street, Maboneng

6:30 pm

More info here.



The Design Share Party vol. 7




This month’s event features painter Ayanda Mabulu, whose painting of Zuma became part of the political controversy surrounding Brett Murray’s The Spear in May 2012; and writer Adam Levin, who owns ACE, African Contemporary Emporium and magine Nation and was the winner of the Alan Paton Award for Literature and Winner of 3 Mondi Gold Awards for Magazine Journalism.


The Bannister Hotel, 9 De Beer Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 May 2014


The Power of Film to Transform Lives and Communities, a WDC prject




This project, which includes a discussion followed by a film screening, is a joint initiative between Pidgin Perfect, Natalia Palombo, the British Council’s Connect ZA project and Creative Scotland, and aims to explore the ““How design thinking could help harness emergent innovation across African Film Production, Exhibition and Distribution to bridge divides and transform lives and communities in Africa and beyond?”


Wednesday 14 May

iThuba Arts Gallery, Braamfontein


More info here.


Thursday 15 May

The Bioscope, Maboneng


More info here.



Thursday 15 May 2014


Behance Portfolio Reviews




Calling all students: Join the local Behance community and participate in an evening of creative portfolio review with industry folk. Come drink some beer and talk your best creative talk. Organised by UJ, Nicework and Between 10and5.


University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, FADA Gallery, Bunting Road Campus


More info here and RSVP to attend here.



Landscapes With a Twist, a solo exhibition by Beezy Bailey




In this exhibition, Bailey explores Da Vinci’s iconic women and appropriates them into the local landscape, resulting in a surprising yet convincing smorgasbord of elements from the contemporary and the classical.


Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


More info here.



The Impermanence Museum, by Naomi van Niekerk and Arnaud van Vliet




A multi-media performance residency that explores processes of renewal and decay, of making and unmaking. The public is invited to visit the museum, an installation that will continuously change over the duration of the residency, and to witness a series of short performances with music, sand, light and objects.


GoetheonMAIN, Arts on Main, Maboneng

Opening 6:30pm

More info including performance times, here.



Friday 16 May 2014 


Open Studios at Wits School of the Arts




An invitation to visit a select few studios in Art House in order to raise funds for the fourth year exhibition in November 2014. We aim to create a space for people to converse about art and life. This will work as a platform for students to show some of their work and promote discussion around topics they feel are important.


Wits School of the Arts, Wits East Campus, Braamfontein

More info here.



Saturday 17 May 2014


RED, a screening of the documentary by Simon Gush and James Cairns




Told through the voices of the people involved, Red documents events at the Mercedes Benz plant in East London in 1990. In the factory’s history, 1990 was a year that will be remembered for two defining events: the building of a red Mercedes Benz for the then recently released Nelson Mandela and a wildcat sleep-in strike that shut the plant down for nine weeks.


Goethe Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info here.




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