05 Feb 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.