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Openings This Week: JHB | Deborah Poynton, Freedom and Identity, TwilSharp Artist Studios

This week’s art openings and creative events include a group show exploring freedom and identity in South Africa, Deborah Poynton’s new solo exhibition, a fashion design pop-up experience, the launch of a new artists’ studio and gallery in Bertrams, and an exhibition by two visiting Swedish artists.



Wednesday 11 February 2015


Fortunes Remixed, a group show




An exhibition investigating freedom and identity in a democratic South Africa. Participating artists include: Penny Siopis, David Koloane, Pat Mautoa, Jessica Webster, Jarrett Erasmus, Burning Museum, Jo Voysey, Jessica Foli, Michelle Monareng, Pebofatso Mokoena, Zyma Amien and Igshaan Adams.


Bag Factory, 10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Thursday 12 February 2015


Scenes of a Romantic Nature, a solo exhibition by Deborah Poynton


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This exhibition will include 21 large canvases and, for the first time, two series of corresponding drawings. This new body of work reflects her assertion that: ‘Art is an offering, a show that mirrors the show we form around ourselves as we move through our scenery. Art is always artful, a ruse, a trick. It is part of the dream that we inhabit.’


Stevenson Gallery, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein


More info on the gallery website.

Read our interview with the artist.



14/15, an exhibition of work from top students of 2014




Join us to open this show and launch the new (and still unnamed! ) fine art project space. For the first time the Division of Visual Art goes beyond the boom gate and into Braamfontein. Besides a strong selection of work by students from 2014, we will also inaugurate and name the space this Thursday!


Noswal Hall, Corner Bertha and Stiemens Streets, Braamfontein


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Friday 13 – Sunday 15 February 2015 


Ekurhuleni Designer Pop-up Shop


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The SA Fashion Week Ekurhuleni Designer Pop Up Shop will feature an exciting collection of local designers, including Black Coffee, ERRE, Lunar, Sober and Sies!Isabelle, to name but a few. A new list of commercial designers will also be introduced to the marketplace through the SAFW Ekurhuleni Designer Pop Up, with 50% of the exhibiting designers residing from the Ekurhuleni area. SA Fashion Week has worked closely with the department of Ekurhuleni to identify designers within the area who align well with the platform. SA Fashion Week has implemented a dynamic 3 month programme leading up to the Designer Pop Up Shop. This programme has focussed on the development of Ekurhuleni designers with mentorship in the creation of commercially-viable collections to sell at the SAFW Ekurhuleni Designer Pop Up Shop.


Eastgate Shopping Centre in the Strelitzia/Edgars Court Space

More info on the SAFW website.



Saturday 14 February 2015


 Love Thy Neighbour group exhibition and TwilSharp Studios launch




In the spirit of Valentine’s Day we present ‘Love thy Neighbour’ an exhibition in collaboration with studios and artists in our greater hood from Selby, through Maboneng and into the Valley to celebrate the launch of TwilSharp studios and artist-run gallery.


40/42 Gordon Road, Bertrams


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Maboneng Maglight, a temporary light installation by Swedish artist David Svensson


Maboneng Maglite Invite


This work aims to instigate questions and conversations regarding long-term solutions for lighting Maboneng in a unique and meaningful way.


Corner Berea and Fox Streets, Arts on Main, Maboneng

More info on the NIROXprojects Facebook page.



Sunday 15 February 2015


Front / Back, an exhibition by artists in residence David Svensson and Anna Nordquist Andersson


DS_ANA Invite


The Swedish artist and photographer Anna Nordquist Andersson has for many years been interested in the photographic gaze and its gender coding. In her latest work Black Chamber she reuses photographs, media images and texts from camera ads from the 60s and 70s as readymades, exploring conceptual notions of surface through photograms.


The Swedish artist David Svensson’s works range from the maximally expansive – public space, the city and our social relationships – to the minimal and contracted – the almost empty page of a book and the barely perceptible way a sheet of paper speaks to us. His collage, Absent Stories, unpacks the book as vehicle for the transporting of a story; where a story is both noun and verb. As a verb, it means to decorate something with images of scenes.


NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page. 



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