A Guide to First Thursdays Johannesburg | 6 August 2015

It’s First Thursdays time again. Head to Braamfontein later to check out the latest art exhibitions and cultural happenings in the area from 5 – 9pm. While the Joburg arm of this event is still relatively small, there’s still lots to see and do. Kalashnikovv have a new show opening, Fourthwall Books will host a talk with Phillippaa Yaa de Villiers and Dean Hutton, and it’s a great excuse to see shows that you might have missed the opening of, like the beadwork exhibition at WAM. As always, there’s no prescribed route, but here’s our guide of spots we’re keen to check out tonight.


Stop 1: The Point of Order | Cnr Bertha & Stiemens


A Watershed Moment is the title of the 2015 Martienssen Award. For the first time the award will take place in this space, the newly launched gallery space of the Division of Visual Art at the Wits School of Arts. A Watershed Moment is not based on a set theme or topic but rather encourages students to interrogate regimes of knowledge, re-posing predetermined questions and expanding research within what they already know or think they know. More info on the Wits Fine Art Facebook page.




Stop 2: WAM | Cnr Bertha & Jorissen


Beadwork, Art and the Body: Dilo Tše Dintši/Abundance is the current show on at WAM. The exhibition showcases the dazzling range of beadwork that forms part of South African art history. Ndebele linaga (capes) and irari (beaded blankets) that date back as far as the mid-20th Century as well as many other examples of Southern African beadwork will be on display. More info on the WAM Facebook page.





Stop 3: Fourthwall Books | Reserve Street, Braamfontein


Another Window: a conversation between poet Phillippaa Yaa de Villiers and artist Dean Hutton. Phillippa and Dean will explore the terrain between image and word with particular reference to the theme ‘(un)grateful’. Expect poetry by Phillippa and a video work by Dean. The talk starts at 6 for 6:30pm. More info on the event Facebook page.




Stop 4: kalashnikovv Gallery | 153 Smit Street


“A is for Apocalypse. Z is for Zombies” an exhibition/event with words by Jaco van der Merwe and pictures by Louis Minnaar. More info on the event Facebook page.




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