What better way to celebrate the first week of Spring than attend First Thursdays! Here’s our guide of what to do and where to go in the Mother City.
Stop 1: Luvey ‘n Rose | 66 Loop Street
Artists Lebo Tladi and David Griessel have limited edition prints and new sketches to look at. Find out more about the ‘Night Aquarium’ Exhibition on Facebook.
‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, by David Griessel, ballpoint pen on paper, 42 x 52cm.
Stop 2: Ebony | 66 Loop Street
Hugh Byrne’s solo show, ‘TATTARRATTAT’, reimagines lines found in our cityscape and translates them into bold, abstract, geoemetric works. His paintings play with the tension between structure and dynamism and evoke the energy found in a dynamic city.
Stop 3: La Parada | 107 Bree Street
Replenish yourself at this vibrant Spanish Bar and Tapas Restuarant. La Parada has a an appetizing menu; home made chorizo, spicy steaks, black mussels deba style and Mojito sorbet to name a few. Pair this with a warm, lively atmosphere, a selection of wine, draughts, sangrias or cocktails and you’re ready to take a walk around town. View more of their delicious menu here.
Stop 4: Three First-Ever Solo Shows | 99 Loop Gallery
Zarah Cassim, Daniel Clarke and Tsoku Maela are exhibiting their first ever solo shows. In the mediums of paint and photography, these artists explore themes of intimacy, reflection, frailty and the strength of human connection. Visit Facebook for more details on each.
‘Family Portrait (Broken Things 1)’, Johnson Tsoku Maela, digital print, edition of 5, 29,7 x 42 cm.
Stop 5: Chandler House | 53 Church Street
Patricia Fraser’s September show, ‘REmerge’ is an emotional response to her childhood memories. Her sensuous still-life paintings simulate miniture edens embodying untainted memories. The lush brushstrokes move further away from literal representations appealing to subconscious emotions. Check out Chandler House.
Stop 6: The Cape Gallery | 60 Church Street
‘The Alternative Histories’ exhibition by Judy Woodborne is a series of imagery from previous works that have been reworked, deconstructed and woven together. In this collection, she explores duality in western and eastern philosophies and the connection between our physical and spiritual worlds.
From ‘Alternative Histories’.
Stop 7: Smith Studio Gallery | 56 Church Street
Emerging artist Jeanne Gaigher will be represented by Smith at this year’s Joburg Art Fair. If you’re not attending the fair then this is the ideal chance to see her exhibition, ‘Club’, which is inspired by her travels in the East and America.
Stop 8: World Art | 54 Church Street
‘Withdrawn’ by Kimathis Mafafo opens this evening and explores the contrast between our desire to escape to nature and the bustle of modern life. Go to Facebook and hear her chat about this body of work.
Stop 9: Open City | Church Square
This month Open City is showcasing artistic contributions centered around the theme of heritage. It’s a citizen led intitative with site-specific installations, temporary artwork creations, live music and exhibitions.
Stop 10: The Crypt | St George’s Cathedral
Listen to the sounds of the Delft Big Band , who recently came back from the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival held in July. They’ve got a repertoire of more than 300 numbers and are led by Ian Smith, one of South Africa’s top trumpeters.
Visit www.first-thursdays.co.za for a list of the monthly highlights.
For more creative events, see our events guide.