TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy

A Guide to First Thursdays Johannesburg | 2 July 2015

It’s First Thursdays in Johannesburg tonight and if you don’t come out you’ll miss out on Jason Larkin’s new book launch, Kalashnikovv Gallery’s group show with the next wave of artists, a show at Constitution Hill titled ‘The So Called Emerging Black Artist’, plus many more exciting new exhibitions. Follow this guide to all the good stops.


Stop 1: Fourthwall Books | 91 De Korte Street


Join the launch of Jason Larkin’s new book, ‘WAITING’ at Fourthwall Books as part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014/2015. More info on the Facebook event.


Jason Larkin


Stop 2: Stevenson | 62 Juta Street


Ian Grose’ new solo exhibition ‘Refrain’ is showing at Stevenson Johannesburg. Read more about the show here.


Ian Grose


Stop 3: WAM | Corner of Bertha and Jorissen Streets


Peter Schütz’s solo show ‘An Eye on the World’ is on at Wits Art Museum (WAM).  More on their Facebook page.





Stop 4: Kalashnikovv Gallery | 153 Smit Street


‘Drawing the Line’ is the second instalment of the gallery’s interdisciplinary group show featuring the next wave of artists who also manoeuvre fluidly between the worlds of graphic design and illustration. More on the Facebook event page.


Kalashnikovv Gallery



Stop 5: Goodman Gallery | 10 Chester Road


‘Murderer’ by Jessica Webster is on show at Goodman Gallery. Info on the Facebook event page.


 Jessica Webster


Stop 6: Everard Read Gallery | 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank


See ‘Come Together | Fall Apart’ by Nicola Taylor at Everard Read Gallery. Details on Facebook.


Nicola Taylor

Stop 7: University of Johannesburg Art Gallery | Corner of Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park


‘TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy’ is showing at UJ’s gallery. For details, see the Facebook event page.


TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy


Stop 8: Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein


‘The So Called Emerging Black Artist’ is a group exhibition addressing the way black artists, in art history, have been stereotyped and their subject matter and style understood only within the framework of township art. More info on the Facebook event.


The So Called Emerging Black Artist



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For more creative events, see our events guide.


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