Joburg Art Week starts tomorrow, and with it a jam-packed programme of events, including exhibitions, talks, walkabouts and parties. Organised around areas, the programme kicks off in Soweto, before moving through Alexandra, New Doornfontein, Rosebank, the JAG, the FNB JoburgArtFair, Braamfontein, Newtown and finally Maboneng. In total there are over 50 events taking place in and around Joburg, with shuttles connecting the various locations. Here are some highlights from the programme.
Saturday 5 September: Soweto
Okestrai Sghubu: That’i Kover Okestra presents Hannah C. Jones
Old and new members of the evolving Thath’i Cover Okestra will collaborate with London-based artist, composer, conductor and PhD Art candidate at Goldsmiths College Hannah C. Jones to examine Kwaito’s enduring term “Sghubu/Xigubu”.
Eyethu Gallery | 19h00
649 Machaba Drive, Mofolo Central, Soweto
Sunday 6th September: Alexandrea
The A MAZE. Pop up in Alexandra is a one day event, which is inspiring to the youth/ young adults in place. With short talks, hands-on activities like the game development production line simulator and an eye-opening exhibition of african and international independent videogames we will introduce the art of game design, alternative game play and give some insights into game development and the local game community in South Africa. This project is funded by the City of Johannesburg.
3 Square Sports Facility | 11h00 – 18h00
Cnr Rooth Street and 13th Avenue, Alexandra
Monday 7th September: New Doornfontein
Unresolved | A solo exhibition of photographic works by Mbali Mdluli
Existential | A solo exhibition of photographic works by Mack Magagane
ROOM presents two solo exhibitions by the lens based media artists Mack Magagane and Mbali Mdluli. Although distinctly different in their aesthetic approach the exhibition presents explorations and meditations by each of the artists on the contact they occupy in relation to space and time, both physical and metaphysical.
Room | 16h00 – 20h00
23 Voorhout Street (cnr 4th Street), New Doornfontein, 2094 Johannesburg, Gauteng
Calculated Chaos | Exhibition and Open Studios
This group exhibition by the Superstroke and Superblur Art Movements explores the idea of Calculated Chaos as proposed by Butler Shaffer in his 1985 book with the same title, as well as the origins of art and how it can be combined with art in a modern setting. Conrad Bo | Vincent Mbeje | Jemmiro | Dario Manjate | Ayanda Nkosi | Vincent Osemwegie | Diezel | Simphiwe Mlangeni | Mich B.
Living Artists Emporium | 18h00 – 20h00
LAE HQ, Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Bertrams Road corner Miller Street, New Doornfontein
Tuesday 8th September: Rosebank
Some clarity of Vision by Kimathi Donkor
Kimathi Donkor is a British contemporary artist of Ghanaian, Jewish and Jamaican family heritage whose work has been exhibited in Europe, Africa and the Americas. For his first solo show in South Africa, Donkor has produced new paintings inspired by his two-month residency in Johannesburg with Gallery MOMO.
Gallery Momo | 18h00 – 20h00
52 7th Avenue, Parktown North
REVAMP | Exhibition and Closing Party by Dead Bunny Society in association with Priest
riːˈvamp/ verb1.1. give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to. “an attempt to revamp the museum’s image” synonyms: renovate, redecorate, refurbish, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild,reconstruct, overhaul, make over; Morenoun1.1. an act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something. Dirk Bahmann | Maaike Bakker | Stephan Erasmus | Rebecca Haysom | Laetitia Lupps | Peter Maames | Mbali Mdluli | Neil Nieuwoudt | Alexandra Ross | Elizavetta Rukavishnikova
Priest Espresso Bar | 18h00 – 21h30
Shop 1 Chester Court 142 Jan Smuts Avenue
Revolver | Group Exhibition
Revolver is an experiment in a different approach to the standard gallery model by stepping away from a sterile showing space towards something more alive and immediate. The environment and the images become a single artwork. Featured are the works of a range of local and international artists, both established and upcoming. William Kentridge | Ryno de Wet | Diana Hyslop | Angel Hano | John Hodgkiss | Piere Mathieu | Dinkies Sithole | Sam Nhlengethwa | Paul Freinkel | Barbara and Zafer Baran | Michael Wright Morgato
Res Gallery | 16h00 – 21h00
Unit 4, Chester Court,142 Jan Smuts Avenue
History After Apartheid
Haroon Gunn-Salie Artist’s Talk | ART & ACTIVISM
A talk by Nigerian- American Adejoke Tugbiyele & Haroon Gunn-Salie, moderated by Rebecca Davis. Solo exhibitions by Haroon Gunn-Salie titledHistory After Apartheid, and by Adejoke Tugbiyele titled Testimony will run concurrently at the Goodman Gallery’s Johannesburg and Cape Town spaces.
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg | 16h00 – 21h00
Artist’s Talk | 19h00
163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Wednesday 9 September: JAG
LOS-JHB (Lagos-Johannesburg) combines distinct sounds recorded around different locations in Lagos to create an acoustic work that will be installed at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. This project is brought to you by VANSA under the auspices of PAN!C.
Johannesburg Art Gallery | 18h00 – 20h00
Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
Friday 11th September: Sandton
The FNB JoburgArtFair provides an annual event for the coming together of artists, curators and collectors for the conceptual visioning of contemporary African art. Now in its 8th year, the Fair features over 50 exhibitors from seven countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Sandton Convention Centre | Sep 11 at 11:00am – Sep 13 at 5:00pm
Maude Street, Sandton
Saturday 12th September: Braamfontein
The annual festival residency takes on three convergent fields; namely hardware, software and the digital arts. Residents will be occupying the basement gallery of Wits Art Museum, turning it into an Open Lab in which they will engage the public, produce work, run workshops and install their final visions and work. Join Ling Tan in an exploration of wearable technology for exploring Braamfontein in the lead up to this weekend’s Treasure Hunting for a Smart City; Nathan Gates in making wireless name poetry; Jepchumba in meeting your future selfie and Kasia Molga in her World Wilder Labs project for art making plants.
Wits Art Museum | 10h00 – 20h00
Corner of Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein
Death to the Old | Group Exhibition
Death to the Old is the Kalashnikovv Gallery’s once yearly “in house” focused Group Exhibition, focusing on the shifts of practice that may or may not occur in 365 days of a year. Evl Jon | Skullboy | Love and Hate | Craig Smith | Andrew Kaiser | Nathan Vuuren
Kalashnikovv Gallery | 10h00 – 16h00
153 Smit Street, Braamfontein
THE ART PARTY | The official FNB Joburg Art Fair Afterparty presented by Artlogic, Art Week Joburg, Play Braamfontein, Black Cube Sessions
The Art Party features an eclectic mix of South Africa’s most interesting musicians, all housed within one of Johannesburg’s most iconic venues, the Alexandra Theatre in Braamfontein.
Alexander Theatre | 20h00 – 02h00
Opening performance | 21h00
R80 at the door
36 Stiemens St, Johannesburg, 2001
Saturday 12th September: New Town
The Assemblage Studios is a vibrant community that has over 20 permanent artists in resident as well as numerous other ongoing activities. Please join us for drinks, pizza, music and art, and experience what happens in an artist’s studio. Assemblage studio artists will be offering art workshops to the public on Sat 12 Sept 2015. Come and join in the activities, We look forward to seeing you there!
The Assemblage Studios | 11h00 – 14h00
41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown
BIG Red-dot Exhibition
Artist Proof Studio is an opportunity to invest in artists prints at fantastic prices! We are showcasing a wide selection of students andArtist Proof Studio artist’s works. Prices range from R300- R7000.
Artist Proof Studio | 11h00 – 14h00
3 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown Cultural precinct, Johannesburg
NO RULES APPLY 2.0 | You are the artist
The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios presents NO RULES APPLY 2.0. General Public is invited to scribble/paint/splash our gallery walls. There are no rules!! CreateII EatII DrinkII Dance (R45pp) AND/OR join Newtown Art Tour which looks at Newtown’s history, regeneration, public art and graffiti. Come spend an afternoon in the city! (R180pp)
The Bag Factory | 12h00 – 16h00 | R45
Newtown Art Tour | 12h00 – 15h00 |R180
10 Mahlathini Street, Fordsburg
Rogue Art I | Group Exhibition
Rogue Art I reintroduces Carfax as a venue to showcase the challenging creativity happening in Johannesburg. The exhibition considers a variety of creative practices and collaborations. The event will host live performance, sound, installation, video, fashion and art. The Workstation at Carfax will be open for studio visits for ARTWEEK. Audrey Anderson | Bathini Designs | Tiriza by Faith | Ivy Rihlampfu | James De Villiers Thato Nhlapo | Teboho Ralesai | Sasha Fabris | Yael Feldman
Carfax | 14h00 – 19h00
39 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street Newtown
Sunday 13th September: Maboneng
Open Studios | Aerial Art Studios & August House
Aerial Art Studio has 7 contemporary artists practicing full time as well as a rotating international resident artist: Jake Michael Singer | Andrew Kayser | Rhett Martyn | Bronwyn Lace | Toni-Ann Ballenden | Quinten Edward Williams | visiting artist Luis Alonzo (Mex/USA)
09h00 – 17h00
1st Floor Southwest wing, 9 Sivewright Avenue New Doornfontein
August House is studio space with popup gallery and sales of artists’ works. Samson Mnisi | Senzeni Marasela | Themba Khumalo | Senzo Shabangu | Colbert Mashile | Lehlogonolo Masahaba | Bambo Sibiya | Oliver Mayhew | Layziehound Coka | Nelson Makamo | Sam Nhlengethwa | Diane Victor | Motsamai Thabane | Happy Dhlame | Jabulani Matthews Tshuma | Marion Wills
10h00 – 15h00
August House, 76-82 End Street, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2001
Printmaking Demonstration by Neo Mahlasela and Mongezi Ncaphayi
David Krut Workshop (DKW) is a professional collaborative printmaking studio that specialises in the creation and production of limited edition fine art prints. Versed in both traditional and experimental processes, DKW specialises in intaglio printmaking techniques, relief printing and monotype, producing conceptually and technically complex works on paper.
David Krut Projects | 11H00- 12H00
264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct
Studio Visit and Public Talk | Lorenzo Nassimbeni
Public Talk: Lorenzo Nassimbeni portfolio – recent and current work | 12h00
280 Fox Street, 1st Floor, Fox Street Studios, Maboneng Precinct
Joburg Fringe brings together up and coming artists with up and coming art-interested public – new or established galleries, collectors or browsers so as to grow interest, contacts, and potential buyers.
Joburg Fringe 2015 | 10h00 – 18h00
264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng Precinct
Dove Nasce Il Vento by Giovanni Ozzola in association with Galleria Continua
Encompassing sculpture, photography, and video, Giovanni’s work examines the individual’s place within the magnitude of the universe. Giovanni has exhibited internationally with works held in numerous private and public collections.
Hazard Gallery | 10h00 – 17h00
Artist Talk and Cocktail | 14h00
264 Fox Street, Maboneng