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A Guide to First Thursdays | 2 April 2015


It’s First Thursdays in Cape Town tonight and tomorrow is a public holiday. Let that sink in. And did we mention that the programme now encompasses the East City too, so you can wander from Bree Street to Harrington Street and find new exhibitions, public performances and free shows. Just follow this whopper of a guide and you won’t miss out.


Stop 1: Wolff Architects | 156 Buitengracht Street


MEMORY CARD SEA POWER, a broadsheet newspaper charting the lives of Tanzanian stowaways in Cape Town is launching tonight. Photographer David Southwood and writer Sean Christie will be in conversation at 6:30pm. Read an interview with the artist.


Wolff Architects

Wolff Architects


Stop 2: The Eye | Corner of Loop Street and Bloem Street


A group show titled Lunchbox is opening and it’s all about school lunches. Artists include Alex Kaczmarek, Ceil Reyneke, CJ Chandler, Dada Khanyisa, Evan Wigdorowitz, Gabrielle Sanson, Henriette van der Merwe, Jess Holdengarde, Kay Critchfield, Nicola Robin, Sarah Zimmermann, Stephanus Buys. See the Facebook event for more.


The Eye


Stop 3: Gallery F | 78 Shortmarket Street


A new show titled South Africa’s forgotten Master of Colour Slides is opening, showing work by the one and only Roel Roelofsen. See the gallery’s Facebook page for more.




Stop 4: Chandler House | 53 Church Street


Inspired by the ocean, a new group show titled He sells seascapes by the seashore includes paintings and ceramics from previous shows, bits of their historical art collection and new works commissioned by the gallery for the occasion. See their Facebook page for more.


Chandler House


Stop 5: SMITH | 56 Church Street


A solo show of new paintings by Grace Cross titled Pleasuring Ground just opened at SMITH. Read our interview with the artist for more.


Grace Cross


Stop 6: Worldart Gallery | 54 Church Street


The first ever solo show by Juan Voges, aka Rooiwolf, titled Leg’kaarte is opening at Worldart Gallery.




Stop 7: Twenty Fifty | 8 Spin Street


David Krut Projects Cape Town presents Stephen Hobbs’ SAS Somerset and Other War Stories, which launches at Twenty Fifty. The SAS Somerset is an Iziko Maritime Museum artefact and the world’s last remaining Boom Defense Vessel, moored behind the Two Oceans Aquarium at The V&A Waterfront. This temporary installation will demonstrate a unique and dynamic use of dazzle patterning and lighting onto a mock assemblage of the SAS Somerset; a spectacle conceived to enliven and transform the perception of the vessel’s significance in location and history. Works from Stephen Hobbs’ Permanent Culture will be on show for the duration of this temporary installation.


Stephen Hobbs


Stop 8: Church Square | Corner Spin and Parliament Street


Open City is a collection of citizen lead creative contributions such as site-specific installations, live music, temporary artwork creation and an outdoor exhibition. See the Cape Town Partnership website for more info.




Stop 9: Warren Editions | 62 Roeland Street


Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine is a curated exhibition of original prints opening at Warren Editions. The exhibition is a survey of contemporary South African printmaking which is in part reacting to a globalised trend in painting and the proliferation of images on the Internet. Artists include 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 Tsoka, Sara-Aimee Verity, Max Wolpe. See the Facebook event for more.


Warren Editions


Stop 10: The District Six Museum | 25A Buitenkant Street


Located in Buitenkant Street on the edge of District Six, in an old Methodist Church, The District Six Museum opened their doors in 1994 as the first community museum in South Africa. On First Thursdays they will be screening movies and footage about District Six, sourced from the Museum’s Sound Archive.





Join the First Thursdays Facebook event, see #FirstThursdays on Twitter or find them on Instagram for more.

Also see the First Thursdays website for the full lists of monthly highlights.

For more creative events, see our new events guide.


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