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A Guide to First Thursdays | 5 February 2015

It’s First Thursdays in Cape Town tonight and it looks like it’s going to be a big one. Everybody knows how crazy it can get, so here’s our handy guide to help you map your way to the very best spots – some of which include a very sudden exhibition, a showcase of proposals (sort of) and a free public film screening.


Stop 1: The Eye | 44A Bloem Street


The Eye presents Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez. Inspired by comics, animations and people amongst other things, her work is predominantly character-based with an unknown narrative. Stylised and surreal elements are combined to create energetic compositions that are graphic and colourful. See the Facebook event for more and read our interview with Ello.


Ello Xray Eyez


 Stop 2: Alliance Française | 155 Loop Street


Tropics, an exhibition of photographic transparencies by Emmanuel de Montbron is on show. See their website for more information.


Emmanuel de Montbron


Stop 3: Friends of Design | 186 Bree Street


The Tournament, a live design battle is taking place at Friends of Design from 5:50pm – 10:30pm. See the Facebook event for details.


The Tournament

The Tournament


Pit Stop: Lucky Fish and Chips Restaurants | 120 Bree Street


Lucky Fish and Chips Restaurants invited Danica Ricciardi, a super talented designer and illustrator, to design a limited edition package for their take away chips. She has also printed limited edition tote bags and postcards, that will be for sale on the night.


Or swing by Lucky Chicken and Chips Restaurants (sister company of Lucky Fish) at 44 Long Street to see the take away chip packet by Kelly Poole.


Danica Ricciardi

Kelly Poole


Stop 4: Clarke’s The Pit | 133 Bree Street


FRIENDS, an ‘occasional’ zine launches alongside a photo exhibition at Clarke’s The Pit. See the Facebook event for more information.




Stop 5: EBONY | 67 Loop Street


A group show titled A Different Perspective is opening at Ebony. Artists include Justin Dingwall, Jean-Claude Moschetti, Ferdinand Kidd, Wycliffe Mundopa, Vuli Nyoni, Rentia Retief, Rachelle Hugo and Olaf Bischoff. See their website for more information.


Justin Dingwall


Stop 6: Chandler House | 53 Church Street


Local artists including Michael Taylor, Georgina Gratrix, Lucie de Moyencourt, Mia Chaplin, Patricia Fraser, Ludwich Olivier, Kate Arthur and Niklas Wittenberg collected a blank canvas at 8am this morning and have to return it by 5pm, just in time for the first visitors of First Thursday. Stop by to see this very sudden exhibition exploring genius and time management. Find Chandler House on Facebook for more.


Chandler House


Stop 7:  SMITH Gallery | 56 Church Street


The brand new SMITH Gallery opens its doors with a solo show by Kurt Pio. Read our interview with the gallery’s co-founders and visit their website for more. Look out for an interview with Kurt coming soon.


Kurt Pio

Kurt Pio


Stop 8: Jnr Gallery | 8 Spin Street


Proposal, an exhibition of proposals (sort of) is opening at Jnr Gallery. Visit their Facebook page for more information.


Olivié Keck


Stop 9: Open City | Church Square


Open City is a collection of citizen lead creative contributions such as site-specific installations, live music, temporary art work creation and an outdoor exhibition. Foodtrucks available from 5pm – 9pm. Short & Sweet is also hosting a free, public screening of No! starting at 8pm. See the Facebook event for details.


Short & Sweet



Join the First Thursdays Facebook event#FirstThursdays on Twitter and Instagram, or go to the First Thursdays website for the full lists of monthly highlights.


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