A Guide to Art Week Cape Town | 16-21 February

Finding yourself in Cape Town and feeling overwhelmed as to which exhibitions you should see when, why, and with whom? Fear not, we’ve perused the full Art Week Cape Town programme (as well as ticked ‘going’ to all the subsidiary Facebook events) and have compiled this list of must-see shows and creative events for this week of artistic indulgence from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 February.  

Tuesday 16 February

Live Architecture: the 55 Minute Hour 


This site-specific programme of live art and installation pieces negotiates regulated factory life, clothing and the politics of gentrification. The interdisciplinary project brings together the work of sound and performance artists to create an experimental and immersive experience that encourages audiences to interrogate the chosen site outside of its everyday use. Read our interview with the curators here.

18h00 – 20h00

Trubok Factory, Brickfield Junction, 15 Brickfield Rd, Salt River

Wednesday 17 February

The creative class of 2016


The Design Indaba Emerging Creatives exhibition presents the work of 40 up and coming designers who will partake in a year-long mentorship programme where they will gain valuable industry experience and exposure. Visit the event page for more.

09h00 – 21h00

Watershed in the V&A Waterfront


EXILE: a solo show of paintings and light works by Michael Linders


Attempting to understand one’s own artistic practice is a process which is both frustrating, and as an investigation into an ever evolving practice, also offers no closure. However, Michael Linders felt the need to approach this self evaluation by taking stock of a particular period in his life during the late 80s when he and his family emigrated to South Africa, and in doing so, examines the birth of his visual language. More on Facebook.


SMITH Studio, 56 Church St 



TAF is an art fair focusing on emerging artists from Africa and the Diaspora. Be sure to check out our very own Travel group exhibition taking place at the fair. 

18h30 – 22h00

The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

Tickets (limited) | R350

Thursday 18 February

The New Church Museum curator walk-about: 50/50 curated by Rory Bester

50 50 The New Church

50/50 engages with the repetitive nature of history and visual signifiers of social order in a South African context. The group show includes works by David Goldblatt, Avant Car Guard, Willem Boshoff, Kudzanai Chiurai, Dumile Feni, Randolph Hartzenberg, Samson Kambalu, Kemang Wa Lehulere, David Mogano, Robin Rhode, Cecil Skotnes and Sue Williamson.


102 New Church St, Tamboerskloof

Friday 19 February 

Cape Town Art Fair


The Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work, bringing contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. There’s also a programme of talks, broken up into panels, which will aim to reconsider Africa’s place in the global conversation around contemporary art production.

11h00 – 20h00

CTICC, 1 Lower Long St

Tickets | R120

The Woodstock art district comes alive with late opening hours (18h00 – 20h00) on Friday night, followed by THAT ART PARTY. Some gallery highlights:

James Webb’s Ecstatic Interference at blank projects


This solo exhibition conjures a syzygy of unspoken inter-relational dynamics, somatic energy, and psychological undercurrents.

113 – 115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

#theopening at Greatmore Studios


Featuring multi-media works by Khaya Witbooi, Burning Museum, Ronald Muchatuta, Sethembile Msezane, Athi-Patra Ruga, Simphiwe Ndzube, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Dathini Mzayiya, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Raesa Pather, Wandile Kasibe, and Zara Julius.

Greatmore Studios, 47-49 Greatmore St, Woodstock

Puppy Love by Georgina Gratrix at SMAC Gallery


Georgina’s provocative, playful new paintings offer a unique visual take on her experience of popular culture.

1st Floor, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock



Once you’ve made the art rounds, head to the official THAT ART FAIR celebration in the atrium of The Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre. There you can hear the Cape Town debut of afrohouse collective, Batuk, who’ll be playing alongside the groove-masters John Wizards, Felix Laband, Original Swimming Party, Umlilo, and DJs from Skattie.

Tickets | R120 online and R140 at the door

Saturday 20 February

Enjoy extended Saturday opening hours and special events at galleries and institutions in the City Bowl. A few of our top picks include:

2016 Masters Showcase


Michaelis Galleries is having their 2016 Masters showcase exhibition with recent work by Alexandra Zarah Karakashian, Francois Knoetze, Hanien Conradie, Maurice Mbikayi, Suzanne Duncan and Quanta Gauld.

10h00 – 15h00

31 – 37 Orange St

Q&A Session at the AVA Gallery


The Zimbabwe Pavilion exhibition from Venice presents a Q&A session between curator Raphael Chikukwa and artists Chikonzero Chazunguaza, Gareth Nyandoro and Masimba Hwati.

12h00 – 13h00

35 Church St

SKUGGAÞRÆÐIR by Lucy Turpin at Commune.1


As part of Lucy Turpin’s ongoing exploration of drawing practices she will create a large-scale wall drawing in the gallery that is only viewable for 2 hours on the night of the event, after which it will degrade and once again become invisible.


64 Wale St

Sunday 21 February

Iziko South African National Gallery: curator walkabout


Studio: Celebrating the Lives and Work of South African Artists is an exhibition comprised of over 100 artists, both contemporary and historical, bringing the notion of the artist’s workspace as a centre of creativity into the very heart of the art museum.

11h00 – 12h00

Government Ave, The Company’s Garden

Free admission for this event only

Tours to Gugulethu home galleries


Since 2000, the Maboneng Township Arts Experience has been transforming township homes into galleries, bringing together, empowering and inspiring communities and artists.

11h00 – 17h00

Shuttle departs every 2 hours from the Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, 1 Lower Long St Tour

Tickets | R500

Find the full Art Week Cape Town lineup here and follow the happenings on Facebook and Twitter.

Art Week Cape Town 2016

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