Openings This Week: CT | Design Indaba Expo, GUILD Design Fair and THAT ART FAIR

As far as creative events go, this week is definitely the biggest one of the year. Not only is it the opening of the Design Indaba expo, but the GUILD Design Fair is in town, the first ever THAT ART FAIR is taking place and it’s the Cape Town Art Fair. Here are all the details, including ticket options, times and locations, so you don’t miss out. If you plan on seeing all the fairs in one day, use the free art and design week shuttle, details below. Good luck, we’ll see you on the other side!


Tuesday, 24 February


Michaelis’ Masters Graduate Show is opening at the Michaelis Gallery.


Masters Graduate Shows

On Breath And Ash by Christine Cronjé


UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, 61 – 63 Orange Street from 6pm.

See the Facebook events for updates.



Wednesday, 25 February


GUILD Design Fair is opening at the V&A Waterfront.


GUILD Design Fair


More than just a fair for beautiful objects, GUILD represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking design. GUILD will introduce highly respected design authorities and work from Africa, USA, the Middle East, Britain and Europe, and present these unique viewpoints to a fresh audience.


GUILD Design Fair runs from 25 February – 1 March 2015. Open from 10am – 4pm on Wednesday, 10am – 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.

Corner Dock Road and Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Tickets are R80 for adults and R50 for children and pensioners. Tickets can be bought at door or via Computicket.

See for more details and the list of exhibitors.



Creative Nestlings is hosting #WeAreHere




Creative Nestlings will be celebrating its 3rd year since launching in 2012. To celebrate, they will be doing one of their favourite things, taking over public spaces. #WeAreHere is a public activation which consists of a cypher, Instawalk and a screening of the YOUNG x CREATIVE in Cape Town film which they’ve been working on.


The cipher takes place from 4pm – 5pm at the Grand Parade. It’s an open mic and rappers, poets, comedians and singers are invited to take part.

The Instawalk is from 5pm – 6pm. Route TBC.

The Young X Creative in Cape Town film screening is from 6pm – 7pm. Venue TBC.

See their website for updates.



The Atrophy and the Ecstasy, a Neill Wright solo exhibition is opening at Garagista Beer Co.


Neill Wright


The first stage of Neill Wright’s 4th solo show opens in a pop-up gallery space at Garagista Beer co. On sale on the night alongside his work will be Garagista’s first collaboration brew, Dr Cleva’s Supernatural Saison which Neill worked closely with the brewery on.


Albert Street, Woodstock at 6pm.

See the Facebook event for more.



Thursday, 26 February


Cape Town Art Fair is opening at the Avenue in the V & A Waterfront.


Cape Town Art Fair


This year’s Cape Town Art Fair is not only the inaugural event at the Avenue, which is the new venue at the Waterfront, but also this year launches the first campus concept in Africa – the Art Avenue, which extends from theAvenue, through the North Wharf and right up to the Bascule Bridge.  This means visitors have the unique opportunity to see local and international exhibitors and galleries, meet artists, enjoy outdoor public installations, listen to talks by some of the greatest names in the art world, amble alongside the yacht basin in one of the most beautiful settings in the world and all while taking in the finest contemporary art in Africa and beyond.


Cape Town Art Fair runs from 26 February to 1 March 2015. Open from 10am – 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.

The Avenue, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Tickets are R80 for adults and R50 for children, entry is free for children under 12 years. Tickets can be bought at the door or via Computicket.

See for the full list of exhibiting galleries.



Cape Town’s inaugural Museum Night is taking place in and around the Company’s Gardens.


Cape Town Museum Night


Experience Cape Town’s inaugural Museum Night and walk between museums in and around the Company’s Gardens until late. Entrance to participating museums is free, allowing anyone to come and enjoy an incredible programme of exhibitions, shows, and performances. There is no fixed route – start anywhere and consult the programme to decide where to go and what to see. Participating museums include Iziko South African National Gallery, South African Jewish Museum, Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Planetarium, Iziko Slave Lodge, and Iziko Old Town House.


In and around the Company’s Gardens from 5pm – 9pm.

See, the Facebook event or Instagram for updates.



Forming Impressions, a group show of original prints is opening at the AVA Gallery.




Forming Impressions is an exhibition of original prints from two of South Africa’s leading printmaking studios, Artist Proof Studio and Warren Editions. The show features the work of Doris Bloom, Jan-Henri Booyens, Katherine Bull, Paul Edmunds, Georgina Gratrix, William Kentridge, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Christian Nerf, Nkosana Nhlapo, Lucas Nkgweng, Jody Paulsen, Richard Penn, Chloë Reid, Matty Roodt, Michael Taylor, David Tsoska, Sara-Aimee Verity, Max Wolpe.


35 Church Street at 6pm.

See the Facebook event for more info.



Friday, 27 February


The Design Indaba Expo is opening at the CTICC.


Design Indaba 2015


The annual Design Indaba Expo is South Africa’s premier showcase of high-end African design, exhibiting the homegrown wares of all the creative sectors under one roof.


Design Indaba 2015


Design Indaba Expo runs from 27 February to 1 March 2015 at the CTICC. Open from 10am – 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.

Tickets are R80 for adults, R60 for pensioners and R50 for children, entry is free for children under 1o years. Buy tickets online or at the door.

See for more information, the full exhibitor directory and more.

More about Design Indaba, including the Emerging Creatives to watch out for, interviews with the curators, who to follow on social media and more.



Space Between Gallery and Selective Hearing is hosting a fringe after party.


Space Between Gallery


Space Between will be hosting a collab gallery party with Selective Hearing as a fringe event / after party for THAT ART FAIR and Design Indaba, with exhibitions by Chris Auret, Nardstar, Anwar Davids and Tarryn Gordon. There will also be live painting and music.


139 Albert Road, 8pm till late.

Tickets are R60. No Under 18’s. B . Y . O. B (or buy next door). 

See the Facebook event for more info.



Passion and the Still Life is opening at Southern Guild Gallery.


Jessica Zoob


Southern Guild is bringing the work of acclaimed British contemporary artist Jessica Zoob to South Africa for the first time in partnership with London Connoisseur. In the exhibition Passion and the Still Life, Zoob’s monumental Passion collection is paired with a curated selection of ceramics, sculpture, glass and curiosities by South African designers.


10 Lewin Street, Woodstock from 6:30pm – 10pm.

Exhibition runs until April 2015.




THAT ART FAIR is opening in Salt River.


Anni Hennop

By Anni Hennop


THAT ART FAIR is an inspired, curated and affordable art fair event providing a platform for African artists who work under the radar of the traditional art establishment and who do things a little differently. As an ARTsouthAFRICA initiative, THAT ART FAIR is committed to transformation in the contemporary African art world – this commitment is shared by art patrons and art world ambassadors who support us and recognise the importance of nurturing and investing in emerging talent.



By Swiss-Guinean photographer Namsa Leuba


THAT ART FAIR runs from 27 February to 1 March 2015 at 121 Cecil Rd, Salt River. Open from 12pm – 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday.

Tickets are R60 for a 1 day pass (R50 when bought online here), students pay R30. R120 for a full weekend pass (R100 when bought online here).

See for the full programme and find them on Facebook and Twitter for updates.



THAT ART PARTY takes place to celebrate the launch of THAT ART FAIR




THAT ART PARTY takes place on the second floor of the parkade, presenting the Cape Town premiere of the internationally acclaimed documentary film, Shield and Spear followed by a performance piece by Cape Town-based artist Angelo Valerio, titled Acsension. There’s also a line-up of fresh beats by The Brother Moves On, a DJ set by Spoek Mathambo, Thor Rixon, Champions of the Sonarverse and SKATTIE DJ’s Athi Patra-Ruga, Jana Babez and Mr Blouse.




Tickets to THAT ART PARTY are R80.

121 Cecil Rd, Salt River from 5pm – late.

See the Facebook event for more.



Free Art and Design Week Shuttle


Free Art and Design Week Shuttle


Hop on the free Art and Design Week Shuttle run by City Sightseeing Cape Town from Thursday 26 February – Sunday 1 March. The shuttle runs between Cape Town Art Fair, GUILD, Zeitz MOCAA and Design Indaba.


Shuttle Stops:


1. Cape Town Art Fair, The Avenue and Zeitz MOCAA at Scheryn Pavilion and Chavonnes Battery Museum. Bus stops in the slipway in front of The Avenue every 30 minutes from 10:30am to 7:30pm.


2. Design Indaba Expo at the CTICC. The bus stops opposite the start of the canal in the drop-off and pick-up zone every 30 minutes from 10:40am to 7:10pm.


3. GUILD Design Fair at The Lookout. The bus stops on Granger Bay Boulevard between the two traffic circles every 30 minutes from 10:50am to 7:20pm. 



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