A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: JHB | 1–8 March 2016

It’s the first week of a new month which means that it’s time for First Thursdays, and this edition of the popular late night creative event sees the programme expanding to include Newtown. But in addition to FT there are also many other exciting creative events happening this week, like the 2nd edition of Creatives in Conversation on Wednesday, the IAB Digital Summit on Thursday, and for fans of gore, the new Bodyworks exhibition starts today. 


Stop 1: Circa Gallery, 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank

FROM GIYANI TO ALEXANDRA – the journey continues an exhibition of drawings and etchings by Phillemon Hlungwani. More info here.   


Stop 2: Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North  

In his new show entitled Der Heilige Berg II, Jonathan Freemantle has set out on a Homeric quest of exploration for the ‘perfect mountain’ and the vast treasures it has to offer. And, like Odysseus from which the exhibition takes its starting point, Freemantle studies his surroundings attentively for this perfection. More info here


Stop 3: David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

David Krut Projects is pleased to present Inch x Inch, an eclectic group exhibition of small abstract and figurative works, in which techniques are tested and subject matter is tackled within a limited scale: < 30×30 cm. More info and full list of participating artists here


Stop 4: David Krut Bookstore, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

The print launch of new works selected from the series in progress, Falling In…, by architect-come-fine-artist Lorenzo Nassimbeni. Nassimbeni harbours a fascination with South Africa’s troubled narrative of social change in relation to architectural and geographically specific development, or, in this case, the lack thereof. More info here



Stop 5: Kalashnikovv Gallery, 153 Smit Street 

An exhibition of new work by Andrew Kayser and Jason Bronkhorst. More info here12803010_1122639687748140_5903166334534699094_n


Stop 6: Bubblegum Club, 1000 Carr Street, Work Shop New Town 

Ulungile Magubane will launch Face to Face, in what she describes as a “three day pseudo-exhibition and conceptual experiment” with an immersive audio-visual performance in the Bubblegum Club project space. More info here


Other things to see and do

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Body Worlds Vital 

The new absolute exhibition for everyone who appreciates a profoundly engaging, thought-provoking and visually striking experience. On until 19 June. 

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre,  20 Miriam Makeba St, Newtown // Opens at 9am


Wednesday 2 March 2016

Drawingrooms featuring Bevan De Wet

Drawingrooms is a CitySoiree that turns turns private homes into an art gallery for one night. All the money from the pledges will go into a “pot” and one lucky attendee’s name will be drawn at the end of the night. That person will get to select one piece of art, or a collection of art works, to a guaranteed minimum value of R4 000 (total amount from pledges). Secret location, click here to find out more. 

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Creatives in Conversation: The Multi-hyphenator

Creatives in Conversation offer platforms for creatives to be introduced to the content that the upcoming Conference Programme will explore (16 & 17 March). In the Multi-hyphenator session entrepreneur, philanthropist, social commentator and community builder, Shaka Sisulu and multidisciplinary artist, designer and dot-connector Atang Tshikare, will dissect the intersection of multi spheres of practice. This conversation will be guided by brand strategist Anthea Poulos. More info here.

The Con Cowan Theatre on UJ Bunting Road Campus // 6pm sharp


Thursday 3 March 2016

IAM SA Digital Summit

The IAB SA is hosting its second annual IAB Digital Summit in Newtown, Johannesburg. The Summit will bring together leading industry professionals, decision-makers and thought leaders under one roof to exchange and share their experiences about all aspects of digital marketing. More info and to book tickets click here

Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Newtown // 9am – 4pm


Saturday 5 March 2016

Satellite Cities artist talkabout with Svea Josephy at WAM

There are many places in South Africa that are connected, through their names, with sites of conflict around the world. Join the artist as she gives insight into her series of large colour photographs that explore what these connections mean to the communities that inhabit them.

Wits Art Museum, cnr Jorrisen Street and Bertha Ave, Braamfontein // 12-1pm

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The nature of Phalane’s map art transcends the purely diagrammatic or semiotic. They are not mere signposting. Like many cartographers, Phalane knows that embellishing maps with artistic elements can enhance their effect, making them more compelling through shear visual creativity. More info here.

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