It’s ART WEEK in Cape Town and there are so many exhibition openings, cultural events and launches that it would be near impossible to attend them all. There’s the Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition at Iziko, group shows at Blank Projects, Stevenson, WHATIFTHEWORLD and Everard Read as well as five graduate shows, to mention only a few. Also look out for Thursday Late, Open Studios, the Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen SS15 launch, the Young and Lazy SS15 release and a street culture edition of The Creative Hustle. Here are all the details:
Tuesday, 25 November
CPUT Graduate Exhibition
Wednesday, 26 November
ART WEEK Cape Town launches.
ART WEEK Cape Town is envisaged as a means of reinforcing the existing strengths of the Cape Town art scene. It aims to create a more robust community of art producers, consumers and appreciators, by acting as a market platform, an information hub and a leisure attraction for locals and tourists. As ART WEEK Cape Town becomes established in the city, it will start to create greater general public awareness about art and the art market, and is therefore an initiative to build sustainability of the art market in South Africa.
Visit the ART WEEK website to see the line-up of events.
Unrest by Hasan and Husain Essop (Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition) is opening at Iziko.
Recipients of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts, Hasan and Husain Essop present a new body of work titled Unrest at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition addresses the notion of global unrest through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, and features the twins’ characteristic large-scale photographic prints, as well as sculptural installations and video works.
Government Ave, Company Gardens at 5:30pm.
The fourth Kunjanimation Film Festival takes place at the Labia.
Curated by Animation SA, the annual event presents some of the world’s top animated feature films, including the best of French animation. This year, in partnership with Pop the Culture, it is also introducing a series of workshops with dynamic leaders in the local industry and icons of the comic and graphic novel fields, to develop South African talent.
Find them on Facebook to see the screening and workshop schedule.
The Design Academy of Fashion hosts their annual graduate fashion show.
208 Albert Road, Cape Town from 8pm – 9pm.
Tickets are R180 and for sale on the night.
AAA’s end of year student exhibition
The AAA advertising school’s exhibition opens at 6pm and runs until Saturday the 29th of November at 12.30pm
4th Floor, Manhattan Place
130 Bree Street
Thursday, 27 November
Thursday Late is taking place in Woodstock.
Thursday Late is the mobile edition of First Thursdays and in November it’s taking place in Woodstock. Explore some of Cape Town’s best art galleries, along with open studios, retail stores, music performances, and incredible food. This edition of Thursday Late coincides with Art Week, and includes numerous not-to-miss exhibition openings.
Most of the activity will be happening around walkable hubs in Sir Lowry Road and Albert Road from 5pm – 8pm.
The Next Thing You Know, a group show featuring the artists of the gallery and some special guests is opening at Blank Projects.
The Next Thing You Know is the third annual group exhibition presented by blank projects which resolves the trilogy comprising When form becomes attitude (2012) and This is the thing (2013). Annuals present opportunity for the gallery and its family of artists to reflect on shifts in individual practises as well as in the gallery as an organism in and of itself. Compiled with input from the artists, this show looks back at a three year cycle and in doing so prepares to support the ambitious projects of the artists represented. Artists include Igshaan Adams, Jan-Henri Booyens, Kerry Chaloner, Jared Ginsburg, Mário Macilau, Turiya Magadlela, Misheck Masamvu, Kyle Morland, Gerda Scheepers, James Webb with guest artists Mbali Khoza, Mitchell Messina, Jonah Sack.
113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm.
On show until 10 January 2015
Uncertain Terms, a group exhibition showcasing the work of fourteen artists from across four continents is opening at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.
The exhibition brings together a group of artists who engage with changing dynamics, either in response to formal issues of materiality within their practice, or as a reaction to broader socio-political themes. In all cases the work is a reaction to dominant hegemonic structures. Whether it be through the direct questioning of western depictions of history, colonialism –and its attendant capitalist enterprises, as in the work of artist Frowhawk Two Feathers, or as in Nico Krijno’s work: which destabilizes the primacy of certain modes of production and the objects through which they manifest.
1 Argyle St (Cnr Albert Rd) from 6pm – 8pm.
Chroma, a group exhibition taking its title from a book of musings on colour by filmmaker Derek Jarman is opening at STEVENSON Cape Town.
The exhibition takes its title from a book of musings on colour by filmmaker Derek Jarman. Written just before his death in 1994, when his vision was failing, the book draws from art history, philosophy, science, medicine and literature, alongside Jarman’s acute observations of his own life, to reflect the extraordinary multiplicity of ways in which colour is experienced and comprehended by the human eye and mind. The exhibition sets out to explore colour from diverse perspectives, and various quotations cited here are extracted from his text. Artists include Zander Blom, Bruno Boudjelal, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Wim Botha, Edson Chagas, Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Derek Jarman, Samson Kambalu, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Moshekwa Langa, Daniel Naudé, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Deborah Poynton, Walid Raad, Viviane Sassen, Berni Searle and others.
Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock from 6pm – 8pm.
On show from 27 November 2014 – 17 January 2015.
Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen are launching the SS15 collection in collaboration with Katherine-Mary Pichulik and Steffany Roup.
73 Kloof Street from 6pm.
The Creative Hustle: Street Culture Pop-Up event takes place at Boaston Society.
Live SA and British Council Connect ZA bring the next instalment of Creative Hustles event series in Cape Town in partnership with lifestyle concept store, Boaston Society, and creative collective, Jam that Session. The hustle will take over Boaston Society’s space in Long Street in Cape Town and feature a panel discussion with young people and brands who are making waves in street culture. Panel includes Boaston Society founder Elisha Mpofu, Jam That Session co-founder Obie Mavuso, Head Honcho Clothing founder Nick Kaoma, 2Bop Clothing co-founder Anthony Smith, Illustrator and graphic designer Clara Ilena, AndPeople lead creative Kim Smith and Hashtag Radio and SABC 2’s Roughing It Out presenter Vuyolwethu Dubese. Look out for live performances from hip hop artist Andy Mkosi and backpack emcee Sabz, an interaction with a live street art wall by Clara Ilena as well as merchandise from pop up stalls.
55 Long Street, 2nd Floor in Cape Town from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.
Entrance is free for 18 to 35 year olds, RSVP to get your name on the list.
Two exhibitions are opening at Everard Read:
36 Views of Table Mountain a solo show by Thomas Cartwright is opening at Everard Read.
In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s first solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town. Juxtaposing this natural wonder of the world and the urban infrastructures of Cape Town, Cartwright references this feature of the Mother City rendering 36 unique moments with simplicity and elegance. From far-away viewpoints to close up, within the city centre and out into the more obscure outskirts of the peninsula, none of the paintings are the perfect postcard image we have come to expect of this city.
Summer Season Part I, a group show looking at fresh contemporary painting and sculpture is opening at Everard Read.
3 Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront at 6:30pm.
Homecoming, the inaugural exhibition at the Southern Guild’s new gallery in Woodstock is opening.
Southern Guild, the premier gallery for collectible, limited-edition South African design now has a permanent home in Woodstock in an exciting gallery space that promises to show the most important design the country has to offer throughout the year.
Unit 1, 10-16 Lewin Street, Woodstock from 6pm – 9pm.
Ghosts by Ralph Ziman is re-opening at the Lovell Urban Gallery.
Due to popular demand, Ralph Ziman’s photographic body of artworks titled ‘Ghosts’ will be re exhibited at the Lovell Urban and Garagista project space in Cape Town, for the second time during 2014. The photographer and filmmaker’s message behind his work transcends an alluring and brightly colored aesthetic, allowing for commentary and a reevaluation of gun control within the African continent. A long dispute affecting the African continent since the AK 47’s widespread popularity in warfare in recent history.
139 Albert Road from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
#whatiswork Red & Yellow graduate showcase
The Red & Yellow graduate exhibition runs from 27 November to 5 December.
95 Durham Avenue, Salt River
Friday, 28 November
Pop-UPDOG is opening at The Old Biscuit Mill.
UPDOG is a collaborative space that brings together brands and creatives to showcase and sell their best products under one roof for one week only. So remember to look UP, dog.
Trading hours 10am-5pm at The Bello Studio in the The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road from 28 November to 6 December.
Young and Lazy launches their SS15 SWAG IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN BREATHING range.
Inspired by 2nd hand women’s wear from the 90s, the collection breaks away from monochromatic winter by experimenting with bright, boisterous and unexpected colour combinations. The construction of most of the garments is simple, maintaining the classic Young and Lazy silhouettes, but offering fabrics and colours not seen in the previous two collections.
Smith & Abrahams General Dealer and Outfitters, 103 Sir Lowry Road from 6pm – 10pm.
The Ruth Prowse graduate exhibition is opening.
A showcase of work by graduating Fine Art, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design and Photography students.
5 Elson Road, Woodstock from 6pm.
Open Studios offers the public rare access to artists ‘ studios over a period of two days. This annual event started with only three studios and 20 artists and has grown to include 21 studios and over a 100 participating contemporary artists in Cape Town. Visit 100+ artists and buy directly from their studios.
Observatory, Salt River and Woodstock on Friday 28 November 6pm – 9pm and Saturday 29 November 10am – 4pm.