This week is all about collaboration, from group exhibitions to solo artists experimenting to make new and exciting works. It’s also First Thursdays which means an overdose of arts all over the CBD. We’re amped to view short films made by female filmmakers, new work by Kemang Wa Lehulere and chill on Sunday watching surfer movies. Here’s a guide to help you navigate First Thursdays, and a list of what else is up in Cape Town.
Stop 1: The State of the Art Gallery, 61 Shortmarket Sreet
Janet Botes hints at different ways of understanding living life through a mixed-media body of work. “ORGANISM is a body of work inspired by the notion that I as a human being am an organism, within an environment, and sharing this environment with many other organisms and species. We mostly aim to live in symbiosis, but often experience illness, imbalance or other disharmony that could result in death.” Click here for more.
Stop 2: Daar Gaan die Alabama, Cnr of Loop and Pepper Street
At 7pm, artist Kemang Wa Lehulere and architect Ilze Wolff are collaborating to produce an intervention to commemorate the Alabama Cinema, before it was forcefully demolished in 1984 to make way for a post office and commercial space. Visit here for more.
Stop 3: The Odeon at the Pepper Club, Cnr of Loop and Pepper Street
This month it’s all about female formation. The selection of short films showcases the talents of female filmmakers. Screenings and popcorn is free, and there’s also a bar menu if you’re keen for a light meal between stops. Films are shown at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm. Click here for more.
Stop 4: Jan Royce Gallery, 64 Church Street
What if we took instant moments in our fast-paced world and prolonged for a day? FOCUS is a group exhibition featuring local and international artists, who are showcasing only one work each, for one day only. Each day the artwork will be replaced by a different work from a new artist to redirect the focus. Visit here for more.
Stop 5: Red Bull Studios, 103B Bree Street
Ross Symons and Si Maclennan have been collaborating to develop body of work that experiments with orgami and illustration. You can view the results from 6-10pm and listen to music supplied by Fever Trails and Commwealthiest at the same time. Visit their site for more.
Stop 6: Friends of Design, 186 Bree Street
Did you know that toy photography is a legitimate pursuit? Robert Whitehead presents his first series of lego portraits connecting and reminding of us of the little plastic people some might have played with as kids when life was carefree. Open from 5-9pm, be sure to pop in if you’re a Star Wars or Lego fan. Visit Facebook for more.
Stop 7: Studio Dylan Thomaz, 142 Buitengracht Street
Shapes in Susurrus is a series of paintings and ceramics by Amor Coetzee and Gabi Lee that explores the beauty behind abstract shapes. “Each artwork is created using subtle tones based on the minimalist ideology. A collaboration of form and function creating a serene and silent landscape”, says Studio Dylan Thomaz. Check it out from 6-9pm. Go to Facebook for more.
Other things to see and do:
Tuesday 5 April
The Commute.part II at Hiddingh Campus
Recently launched, iQhiya is a woke network of young women working and living in Cape Town and Jozi. They use performance art, video and other media to draw attention to themes pertaining to contemporary SA. 11 hot women, champage and subversion is scheduled to jilt campus life and spark conversations around public transport and travel. Click here for more.
37 Orange Street // 5-7pm
Wednesday 6 April
Pastoral Abstraction at the Everard Read Gallery
Arists Beth Diane Armstrong, Swain Hoogervorst, Alexandra Karakashian, Dylan Lewis, Brett Rubin, Sean Slemon, Justin Southey and Jordan Sweke are exhibiting work exploring bucolic landscapes and wild terrain. Click here for more.
3 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront // 6:30pm
New Monuments at Commune.1
The past year has seen South African’s re-evaluate and call for visual symbols and the ideologies contained within it. This group exhibition allows each artists to present a plinth based sculpture and re-imagine how we view monuments. Visit here for more.
64 Wale Street // 10am-5pm
Sunday 10 April
Surf Movie Night
Head down to the Village Idiot for a chilled Sunday night watching movies by Monster Engery followed by Strange Rumblings in Shangri La. All booze is half price and there’s giveaways by Skullcandy. See Facebook for more.