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A Guide to First Thursdays Cape Town | 7 May 2015

It’s May and unofficially winter in Cape Town. But it’s also First Thursdays and the cold isn’t going to scare us off heading into the streets after dark. Not convinced? The line-up below might help. See you there!


Stop 1: Studio Dylan Thomaz | 145 Buitengracht Street


Black on White by Kurt Pio is an exploration of tonal contrasts and variations of scale which explores the gestural movement with an energetic, emphasise on dynamic lines. The main design from this body of work will be made into homeware pieces which will be for sale on the night. See or the Facebook event for more.


Kurt Pio at Studio Dylan Tomaz


Stop 2: Friends of Design | 186 Bree Street


Friends of Design is hosting a 1000 Drawings Doodle Session. Paper, pens, pencils, markers and all other doodle gear will be provided to create A5 doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings, experimental and conceptual works. Doodling at 5pm
and will keep you warm until 9pm, so join anytime. See the Facebook event for more info.


Friends of Design Doodle Session


Stop 3: The Eye | 44a Bloem Street


Sentient Salad, an exhibition of new and old drawings, prints and zines by Jean de Wet is opening at The Eye. See the Facebook event for more.


Jean de Wet at The Eye


Stop 4: Youngbloods Gallery | 70 – 72 Bree Street


Booom! Baby is a new show opening at Youngbloods which features work from 28 acclaimed South African and international artists in support of a charity which takes care of neglected and abandoned babies. See the Facebook event for more details.




Stop 5: StateoftheART | 61 Shortmarket Street


A selection of paintings by artists and identical twins Alvira and Alouette Ferreira from their body of work (LIFE)LIKE is on show at StateoftheART. They’re also running a one night only competition where you could win an original artwork inspired by the selfies you post using #sotalifelikeselfie. See their Facebook page for more.


Alvira and Alouette Ferreira at StateoftheART


Stop 6: SMITH | 56 Church Street


A group show titled Current is showing at SMITH. Artists include Dale Lawrence, Grace Cross, Chloe Reid, Matty Roodt, Christiaan Conradie, Elsabe Milandri, Rosie Mudge, Marsi van de Heuvel, David Brits, Julia Merrett, Jeanne Gaigher, Gabi-Lee Smit, Ronald Muchatuta, Danielle Bischoff, Nic Eppel, Kurt Pio, Ashley Walters and Sepideh Mehraban. See for more or find them on Facebook.




Stop 7: Worldart | 54 Church Street


Laugh Now Cry Later is an exhibition of new paintings by Black Koki !opening at Worldart. See the Facebook event for more.


Black Koki at Worldart


Stop 8: 6 Spin Steet Gallery | 6 Spin Street


The BOS Ice Tea Design-A-Can Exhibition is opening at 6 Spin Street Galley tonight. The winner of the competition Ofentse Letebele’s design drew inspiration from the 18th Century Ndebele wall painting style. See the Facebook event for more.


 BOS Ice Tea Design-A-Can Exhibition


Stop 9: Twenty Fifty | 8 Spin Street


TF-1, the UCT MArch(Prof) 20×20 exhibition and silent auction is opening at Twenty Fifty. This is an annual fundraising exhibition held by the MArch(Prof) students in order to raise money for their June/July research tour. Find Twenty Fifty on Facebook for updates.


Twenty Fifty


Stop 10: Superior Goods Store | 69 Roeland Street


A series of collages by artist Anna Bu will be on show at Superior Goods. Read our interview with her and see the Facebook event for sneak peeks.


Anna Bu at Superior Goods



Stop 11: Harrington House | Corner Harrington and Barrack Streets


Design Afrika and Pichulik present Between Home and Wisdom, and exhibition of photographs by Tommaso Fiscaletti. Find out more about this project here.





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