Openings This Week: CT | Show & Tell, The Silence Of The Ordinary and Motherless

This week we’re looking forward to a photography-focussed Show & Tell, a Susanne Mitchell solo exhibition titled The Silence Of The Ordinary, an exhibition, experiment and playful interactive event titled Motherless at Alma Mater group and a group show with work by 10 local artists at Space Between Gallery. Here are all the details:


Wednesday, 11 March


Together with GRID Cape Town Biennial 2015, we’re hosting Show & Tell: The Photography Edition at Gallery F.




In celebration of the art of image-making, four local photographers will share the creative process behind their work. Speakers will include Marguerite Oelofse, who will be sharing the process behind her dramatic and painterly fashion photography, Paul Cocks and Guy Neveling who will speak about their ongoing street photography project Main Road Chronicles and 2014/15 Tierney fellow Thandiwe Msebenzi who will be speaking about her graduate project OoBhuti Abatsha.


The event is free but space is limited, so remember to sign up to the guest list here.

Gallery F, 78 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town. Talks from 6pm – 8pm, so arrive early for a seat.



10/10 Group Exhibition is opening at Space Between Gallery.


by Chris Auret

By Chris Auret


Space Between Gallery will be hosting its second group show with works by 10 local artists. There will one original artwork per artist and in addition there will be 10 A3 limited edition prints available per artist at R750 each. Artists include Russell Abrahams, Mohammed Hassan, Chris Auret, Tarryn Gordon, Jack Fox, Nardstar*, Lee Herbert, Anwar Davids, Steve ‘Crack’ and Adele Van Heerden.


139 Albert Road at 6pm.

Exhibition runs until 17 March 2015.

See the Facebook event for more.



Motherless, an exhibition, experiment and playful interactive event is taking place at Alma Mater.




Alma Martha nee Mater presents Critical Mis + Geert Oliver displaying Motherless, featuring Francois Knoetze. A week long residency, 20 000 years of democracy later. Motherless is not a party. It’s Choice. A no-style no holds barred, a mode, the nu-zeitgeist; where you take what you want and can point the finger squarely at everything else. You get: raw and immediate and fresh, free with such a range (next year’s fashion’s has-beens), with an upside-down cap and up-to-date advice. What more could you sustainably want! It’s globalized and viable, but with a distinctly South African accent on the label. Don’t forget not to follow the instructions, carefully; and please don’t trip. But come all! Stand proud*. Join in. Give your two cents. En sê dit tesame: “MaluphakanyeeoohohndoolwAYO!”


329 Albert Road, Woodstock at 6pm.

Join the Facebook event for more info.

Read our interview with Alma Mater founder, Juliana Irene Smith.



The Day Before Thursday is taking place at The Woodstock Foundry.


The Day Before Thursday


Local designers and traders will be selling their products. Expect workshops, art exhibitions, vinyl music, drinks, food trucks, fashion and more.


The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Road from 5pm – 9pm.

See the Facebook event for more.



The launch of Elbé Coetsee’s new book, Craft in South Africa: Creative Intersections, will take place at David Krut Projects Cape Town.


Elbé Coetsee


The author, Elbé Coetsee will be presenting a short talk about the journey she undertook compiling this book. She will also be available to sign copies of the book. Much has changed since Craft Art in South Africa was published in 2002. This follow-up edition highlights the renewed sense of creativity and inspiration that is sweeping across the country against all odds. South African craft artists proliferate in these precarious economic times and maintain their artistic integrity with perseverance and passion. This book showcases the versatility and skill of some of the many artists working in South Africa today. It rejoices in the sharing of skills between cultures, and in the sharing of creative knowledge towards upliftment and employment. But above all, it celebrates the craft artists themselves and honours their sheer ingenuity.


Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands at 6:30pm.




Thursday, 12 March


The Silence Of The Ordinary, an exhibition of works by USA based artist Susanne Mitchell is opening at Greatmore Studios.


Susanne Mitchell


Susanne Mitchell’s work draws from her life experiences traversing continents and cultures between Africa and the United States. The works range from large-scale mixed media drawing/installations to intimate, miniature paintings and often integrate photography and printmaking. Through these media she examines and recombines various materials and images, which become a lexicon of signifiers that reference history, race, class, family systems, home, and globalization. The works created during her residency at Greatmore Studios collectively titled, The Silence of the Ordinary, draw from her life experiences and surroundings in her current studio location in Cape Town to explore social systems and power dynamics relating to race, class and gender in post-Apartheid South Africa.


47 – 49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock from 6pm – 10pm.

See the Facebook event for more information.



The Cape Town Carnival is taking place on the Green Point Fan Walk.


 Cape Town Carnival


Each year tens of thousands of spectators converge on Green Point’s Fan Walk to savour an eye-popping and mind-blowing parade of costumed performers and musicians, accompanying giant and spectacular moving floats.


Green Point Fan Walk from 4pm, parade begins at 7pm.

Entrance is free.

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On This Week: 


Infecting The City public arts festival is taking over Cape Town from Monday 9 March – Saturday 14 March 2015.


Infecting the City

Photo by Sydelle Willow Smith


Infecting The City (ITC) is a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival. It strives to bring exceptional, socially-engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s Central Business District – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone.


See the daily programme at or find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.



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