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Openings This Week: CT | Not by a Witch, A Journey to Freedom and For What It’s Worth

This week Cape Town has a great line-up of interesting exhibition openings, including a solo show by Atang Tshikare, a group show by young men and women who share their stories and experience of time spent in prison as part of the post release programme Young in Prison, a ‘boys edition’ zine launch and much more. Here are the details:


Wednesday, 3 December


Michaelis Graduate Exhibition is opening at The Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.


Michaelis Graduate Exhibition


The largest Graduate Exhibition yet is opening at Michaelis. Featuring fifty-seven students completing their Bachelor Degrees and Post Graduate Diplomas in Fine Art, the exhibition takes place in over thirty spaces across UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. This annual end-of-year exhibition celebrates the culmination of the graduating students’ careers at Michaelis, and offers these aspiring young artists the opportunity to present their final work to the public. The selection of works exhibited cover a diverse range of mediums; with painting, sculpture, new media, print media, photography, and everything in between.


University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Galleries at Hiddingh Campus, Orange street at 6pm.



Thursday, 4 December | First Thursdays


The Cape Town School of Photography Graduate Exhibition is opening.


Cape Town School of Photography


4th Floor, 62 Roeland Street at 6pm.

See the Facebook event for more information.



Tow Aways Zine launches their Boys Edition and a Group Photography Exhibition at The Pit.


The Pit


Lani Spice will be launching her new photo zine “Tow Aways: Boys Edition” showcasing analog work from Justin Poulter, Kent Andreasen and Thomas Pepler. This will coincide with a group exhibition featuring their work as well guest artists such as Jay Dymock (Australia), Adriaan Louw, Leon Bester, Clinton Theron and Donovyn Le Roux. Tow Aways once again gives a glimpse into the lives of these artists represented and celebrated through analog. Zine’s will be for sale on the night.


RVCA x The Pit First Thursdays at 133 Bree Street from 5pm – 7pm.

See the Facebook event for more information.



Not By A Witch, a solo show by Atang Tshikare is opening at Worldart.




Not By A Witch will feature eight paintings of which three are portraits of inspirational friends – Athi-Patra Ruga, Nthato Mokgata (Spoek Mathambo) and Isaac Zavale. “I know an African proverb that goes: A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad. These portraits are about people whom I know and respect because they insist on creating their own destiny. I once had an experience where someone told me things about myself and claimed that she was a witch. Though this was a positive experience, I also realised that one does not need to be told or guided by someone else to find one’s destiny. You are much more likely to do the right thing by pursuing the beauty in things and staying true to your instincts, and that is what this exhibition is about” says Tshikare.


54 Church Street, Cape Town at 6pm.



Black Betty is launching their Shapeshifters range.


Black Betty


106 Bree Street at 5pm – 10pm.



A Journey to Freedom by Kollektivo Illuminoso Fresco presents is opening at 6 Spin Street Gallery.


Kollektivo Illuminoso Fresco


Kollektivo Illuminoso Fresco (KIF) was founded by a group of young artists from Young in Prison South Africa’s post release programme. Young in Prison supports young men and woman that have come out of prison and nurturing their creativity is a key component of the programme. Since forming the artists collective at the beginning of 2014, KIF have created 2 comic books which include stories that reflect the circumstances that they live in as well as their personal experiences. Now three of the artists who worked on the second edition, Luntu Vumazonke, Eric Menyo and Siphamandla Poswa, have created a collection of new, bold and graphic illustrative works inspired by their stories. Their artworks, as well as the second edition of This Life, Journey to Freedom, will be on sale.


6 Spin Street from 6pm.



Two exhibitions are opening at Brundyn+


For What It’s Worth, an exhibition of photographic works by Dillon Marsh is opening at Brundyn+.


Dillion Marsh


Marsh explores a pertinent part of the history of South Africa, one that is effectively shaped by the mining of natural resources such as copper, gold and diamonds. From the discovery of diamonds in Kimberley in the 1800s, the inhumane living conditions of miners under apartheid rule, and the recent Marikana shootings, activities in and around mines seem to correlate with the current political conditions of the state. He critiques the process by visualising the total amount of raw material extracted from specific mines. Marsh’s juxtaposition lays bare the startling reality of how little is actually extracted relative to the amount of damage inflicted (to both the natural landscape and the miners themselves).


Anyway, the Wind Blows, a group exhibition conceptually framed around the notion of myths is opening at Brundyn+.


Anyway, the Wind Blows


The function of myth is to empty reality: it is, literally, a ceaseless flowing out, a hemorrhage, or perhaps an evaporation, in short a perceptible absence. -Roland Barthes, Mythologies (1957). In his influential text Mythologies, Roland Barthes proposed that in semiology, myth removes history and context from signs and replaces them with loaded or reductive connotations posing as common sense and assumed truths. Taking this view as a starting point, the exhibition examines the demystification of contemporary myths as well as the potential for myths to be deliberately implemented as a strategy of critical examination. Featuring Sanell Aggenbach, Mohau Modisakeng, Sethembile Msezane, Jody Paulsen, Ezra Wube, Richard Forbes, Jeannette Ehlers, Amirah Tajdin and more.


170 Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap at 6pm.



Emergence, a group show highlighting new talent from South Africa and the rest of the African continent is opening at Ebony.




Artists include Zemba Luzamba, Oliver Barnett, Kufa Makwavara, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Simphiwe Ndzube, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Lakino Ogunbanwo, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou and Brian Ashley.


67 Loop Street at 6pm.



On A Small Scale is happening at Stateoftheart and G2Art.




All works from the exhibition are 180 x 180mm and priced at R1200 – this is the perfect opportunity to buy a little gift of art at a price to suit every pocket. Participating artists include Floris van Zyl, Lisette Forsyth, Janet Botes, Claude Chandler, Bongani Njalo, Ricardo Nieuwoudt, Vanessa Berlein and Rory Bullock.


61 Shortmarket Street from 5pm.



Design Dialogues is taking place at Creative Cape Town.


Design Dialogues


Please join us for the final Design Dialogues of 2014, where we’ll be shifting our sights to the design horizon. Leading creative voices will share their thoughts on how designers and creative entrepreneurs can gear themselves to grown in 2015. We’ll be tackling questions like: What do creatives have that the world wants? What new business opportunities are out there? And how can we market ourselves more effectively?


34 Bree Street, Cape Town.

Claim your free ticket by RSVPing here.



MITCHY by Mitchell Gilbert Messina is opening at Jnr Gallery.


Mitchell Gilbert Messina


Mitchell Gilbert Messina is a recent graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT). His current practice is largely preoccupied with producing humorous works that either play with the physicality and materiality of pre-existing objects, the potential narrative relationship between the art object and its title card, or riffed on and leaned into both the tropes of art production and narrative structure. Titles play an important role, both framing the works and finishing them, much like the caption to The New Yorker cartoons – they give the works their punch.



8 Spin Street from 5pm.



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