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Openings This Week: JHB | 4 group shows, 2 solo exhibitions, a book launch and a birthday party

This week you’re completely spoilt for choice with nine art openings and events all taking place in the next five days. Kicking off on Wednesday, there are then five different exhibition openings all happening on Thursday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.


Wednesday 4 June 2014


Assemblage Studios Open Studio and 2nd birthday party




The Assemblage Studios opened in April 2012 and over the last two years it has accommodated over 40 artists, has run 13 workshops, 20 peer mentoring sessions and 7 Open Studios. As always, the studio will be filled with affordable art for sale and you can also visit the artists in their studios and chat to them about their work and process.


The Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown 

5:30pm – 8:30pm

More info here.



Thursday 5 June 2014


Compendium, a collection of things co-curated by Thenjiwe Nkosi and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum


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A compendium is a collection of things (stories, pictures, facts, etc.) that have been gathered together and presented as a group. A compendium may summarise a larger work. In most cases, the things collected as a compendium concern a particular field of human experience or endeavour.


Ithuba Arts Gallery, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Indigenous Calculous, by Samson Mnisi and Zolile Phetsane




Taking their cue from the predominantly Western notions of calculus, Mnsisi and Phetsane investigate the concept of calculus within African and non-Western civilizations.


Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info here.



Vabvakure (People from Far Away) by Gerald Machona




In a show that negotiates the condition of xenophobia within Africa through the cultural aesthetic of Afrofuturism, Gerald Machona presents Vabvakure (People from Far Away). Vabvakure is a Shona word used to describe a “foreigner” and within the show Machona explores feelings of estrangement associated with the experience of “foreignness” while living in South Africa. 


Goodman Gallery, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood


More info here.



End_Pages, a group show




The exhibition is an eclectic collection of work of varying styles and themes welcoming two new artists –  Neil Nieuwoudt and Peter Mammes – into the Rubixcube fold. The exhibition will also present works by Jotam Schoeman and Frederick Clarke.


Rubixcube Gallery, Arts on Main, 264 Fox Street


More info here.



A.M. (After Midnight): A Prelude, an exhibition of new works by Ronel de Jager




As the artist’s debut solo exhibition, After Midnight, forms part of an ongoing project exploring the transformative power inherent in the constant, shifting presence of cast shadows and filtered light. 


Room, Space #4, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Saturday 7 June 2014


Wake Up, This is Joburg – S’kop, Book 1 of 10




A double launch event: S’kop, book 1 of 10 from the series WAKE UP, THIS IS JOBURG and Fourthwall Books’ new – still to be renovated – space in Braamfontein. A selection of prints by Mark Lewis from S’kop will also be exhibited and for sale. 


Fourthwall Books, 5 Reserve Street, Braamfontein


More info here.



Inception, by The Concept Factory




The Concept Factory is an unconventional idea/S_pace/Movement. We invite you on this unknown Journey of New experiences, New memories, New Mind-sets and New friends
all while having a good time. Lets PLAY.


17 Wolmarans Street , Braamfontein


More info here.



Sunday 8 June 2014


I Take It All Back, a group show at NIROXprojects




I take it all back aims to expose the instances between vulnerability and security, so often presented as an underlying dialogue within the works of the exhibiting artists. Curated by Maaike Bakker and Jayne Crawshay-Hall, I take it all back attempts to mediate the madness, yet also provide a space for it to exist.


NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info here.


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