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A Guide to First Thursdays | December



It’s First Thursdays and December and if you aren’t excited about the summer holidays yet then tonight’s line-up of openings and events should just about do it. Here’s our easy-to-navigate pick of 10 must see stops (and one pit stop), which includes a new Dillon Marsh solo show, a ‘boys edition’ zine launch, once off illustrated chip cups, the launch of a brand new gallery and a street party.


Stop 1:  The National Gallery | Company’s Gardens


Kick off First Thursdays early and join Creative Cape Town for a special edition of Meet the Makers with Ernestine White as part of ART WEEK CAPE TOWN. Ernestine is the curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko Museums of South Africa National Gallery and an esteemed artist in her own right. She will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her work as a curator, discussing the details of her career and education as she enters the final stages of curating the Penny Siopis Retrospective. RSVP at to join from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.


Meet the Makers


Stop 2:  Brundyn+ | 170 Buitengracht Street


For What It’s Worth, an exhibition of photographic works by Dillon Marsh is opening alongside Anyway, the Wind Blows, a group exhibition conceptually framed around the notion of myths.


Dillon Marsh

Anyway, the Wind Blows


Pit Stop: Lucky Fish and Chips | 120 Bree Street


As part of First Thursdays, Lucky Fish and Chips commissions an exciting young artist to illustrated a poster around the theme “Lucky Fish”. The design is featured on a limited edition chips cup, for sale this First Thursday only.


Lucky Fish and Chips


Stop 3: The Pit at Clarke’s | 133 Bree Street 


Tow Aways Zine launches their ‘Boys Edition’ alongside a group photography exhibition. See the Facebook event for more information.


The Pit


Stop 4:  Ebony | 67 Loop Street


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




Stop 5:  Stateoftheart and G2Art | 61 Shortmarket Street


On A Small Scale is happening at Stateoftheart and G2Art. All works from the exhibition are 180 x 180mm and priced at R1200.




Stop 6:  Worldart | 54 Church Street


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


Atang Tshikare


Stop 7:  6 Spin Street Gallery


A Journey to Freedom by Kollektivo Illuminoso Fresco presents is opening. 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.


Kollektivo Illuminoso Fresco


Stop 8:  Jnr Gallery | 8 Spin Street


The brand new Jnr Gallery is opening. It’s a transitory contemporary gallery, promoting artwork which isn’t boring, opening with a solo show titled MITCHY by Mitchell Gilbert Messina, 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.


Mitchell Gilbert Messina


Stop 9:  Open City Volume 5 | Church Square – Corner Spin Street and Parliament Street, across Adderley


A range of creative interventions through art, music, sound and movement, all brought forth by residents of Cape Town. Grab a bite from the food trucks available.


Open City on Church Square


Stop 10: Orphan Lane | Upper Bree, near 215


A laneway jam in Orphan Lane. Live music from 7pm, performances start at 8pm and includes Karoo Youth, Noa Milan, Fire dancing by Hoop Flow Love and who knows what else. All open, all free.


Orphan Lane



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