A Guide to First Thursdays Cape Town | 1 October 2015

It’s First Thursdays time! In Cape Town this month, we’re trying Spier’s new Creative Block wine range, eating Peruvian dinner, watching short films and design battles and viewing first-ever solo and co-curated exhibitions. Starting at Hiddingh Campus and ending up on Bree Street, we can’t wait to see the selection of art on display. 

Stop 1 | ‘Fantastic’ at the Michaelis Galleries 

Co-curated by Nomusu Makubu and Nkule Mabaso, this must-see multidisciplinary exhibition subverts the colonial fetishisation of African Art in Western contexts and asks the viewer to perceive the ‘fantastic’ in a critical rather than primitive light. For a list of featured artists click here

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Stop 2 | Friends of Design 

Swing by and watch the Design Deathmatch unfold. Cheer on your favourite emerging designers battling it out in rounds of 15-20 minutes as their images are projected onto large screens. It’s got all the tension felt at a competitive sports match but with cool DJ music and improvised design. Check out the Facebook event for more info.


Stop 3 | The Spier Secret Wine Bar

If you’re keen for a glass of wine then visit this pop-up bar at Bacon on Bree where you can taste Spier’s award-winning range. These blends are inspired by the Creative Block project, whereby both established and emerging artists were invited to create work on a small block, which then builds an artwork greater than the sum of its parts. Click here to view their selection. 

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Stop 4 | Pepper Club Hotel and Spa

Watch a unique selection of short films at the Odeon Cinema. This month’s compilation is curated by Shnit and should be an enticing prelude to the festival later this month. Entry, popcorn and drinks are free so there’s no reason not to view some provoking global films. Seating is limited so to be sure to get there early! Click here for more details.

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Stop 5 | Gallery MOMO

‘Demo Tape’ is a group video exhibition where an eclectic range of videos will be shown including the work of Kurt Orderson, Christine Cronjé, Amir Tajdin, Francois Knoetze and Maurice Mbikayi. The impact of technology, cross culture love stories, suburbia and gentrification both here and in New York are some of the themes explored. Find more info here

Francois-Knoetze Cape Mongo

Stop 6 | Studio Dylan Tomaz 

Gabi-Lee Smit says that with ‘Spring Tide’ she wants viewers to “Feel like they are actually in the ocean standing or floating in the calm”. This collection of abstracted seascapes evokes a sense of escapism and is her first solo exhibition so be sure not to miss out. For more details check out Facebook.

Gabi-Lee Smit

Stop 7 | Youngblood Gallery and Beautiful Food 

The CRATE collective bring you their second show called ‘The Reason Why’ with work by Mr Migo, Marti Lund and Skubalisto. They’re presenting an urban art exhibition that explores their views of urban space from contrasting reference points and personal experiences. Check out Facebook for more details on this fascinating look at the modern South African urban environment.

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Stop 8 | EBONY

Born in Congo but residing in Cape Town, Zemba Luzamba together with EBONY presents his second solo exhibition, ‘It is What it is’. His ambivalent paintings often leave viewers curious of their context and whether they’re critiques, observations or aspirations. His work departs from didacticism often stereotyped with realist painting and makes for an enigmatic viewing experience. For more info, click here.


Stop 9 | 99 Loop

This is a solo exhibition by American artist Andrew Hart Adler who works and lives in the Mother City. ‘Emergence’ is inspired by travel and the history of art and is created from a mixture of oil, dry pigment, silicon wax, gel and ink jet printing. For more info see Facebook.

 Andrew Hart Adler

Stop 10 | Charango Grill and Bar 

Recently opened in Bree Street, Charango has received rave reviews for its Peruvian inspired cuisine. Their smaller meals (ceviche and tiraditos) are mainly fish based and include a selection of kebabs (antichucho), while their larger courses are all grill-style dishes. They’ve got BBQ pork belly, dirt-rubbed tuna tacos, sweet potato fries and blonde chocolate pave, or you can simply grab a seat at the bar and try a strawberry and rooibos sours or apisco sangria. Follow them on Facebook.

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