A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: JHB | 5 – 11 April 2016

It’s First Thursdays time again and it looks set to be a good one, with a new solo exhibition by painter Carla Busuttil opening at Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, and more figurative painting across the road at Priest Espressobar with a new show by Wilhelm Saayman which promises to be wonderfully macabre and weird. Other highlights this week include the Black Modernism exhibition opening tonight at WAM, which explores the concepts of modernism and modernity in relation to African art with pieces from the museums permanent collection. And not to forget is our very own Show & Tell #GraphicArtMonth special edition happening on Wednesday. 


Stop 1: Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

A new solo exhibition by Carla Busuttil, which reflects on the parallel themes of growing wealth inequality and information abundance. Concerned with a global shift toward increasing wealth and technology-based isolation, Carla seeks to uncover and skewer the historic and present day foundations of this observed trend. Taken from one of her paintings, the title of the exhibition Choice. Click. Bait. refers to modern methods of delivering and receiving information. More info on the Facebook event page.


Stop 2: Priest Espressobar, Shop 1, Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank

This Disguise is a solo exhibition of Wilhelm Saayman’s new paintings, drawings and other objects. In continuing his exploration of painting, Wilhelm returns to utilising a vivid colour palette and expressionism, combined with figurative and symbolic elements to present a body of work that asks questions regarding chance and the artist’s projected person. More info on Facebook


Stop 3: David Krut Bookstore, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank

Gina Waldman makes mostly mixed media work that explores excess, collecting and consumerism. Waldman often uses “woman work” techniques like embroidery and tapestry and more recently is exploring the importance of play. This exhibition includes works primarily about reflections in water, tears, seascapes and light. More info on Facebook



Stop 4: Kalashnikovv, 153 Smit Street

Fringe is a new solo exhibition by Jeffrey Rikhotso explores the imaginative relationships we all have with the city of Johannesburg, the evolution of a space in time. More info on Facebook.  


Stop 5: Work Shop New Town 

Work Shop New Town joins the FT lineup with a night of extended shopping hours, alongside exhibitions, live music, performances and taste samplings. More info on Facebook


Other things to see and do this week 

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Black Modernism in South Africa (1940 – 1990)

This exhibition is part of an extensive African art research project, currently being undertaken by leading African art scholars from around the world. The project examines the concepts of modernism and modernity in relation to African art. The artworks by over 20 artists, drawn mostly from Wits Art Museum’s permanent collections, will offer insight into the various ‘modernist’ approaches that were of interest to black South African artists from the 1950s to the 1990s. More info on Facebook

Wits Art Museum, Cnr Jorrisen St and Bertha Ave, Braamfontein // 6:30pm 


Wednesday 6 April 2016 

Graphic Art Month Show & Tell 

Join us for a special edition of Show & Tell with curated programme of talks followed by informal mentorship sessions where young graphic designers and illustrators can show their work and network with industry professionals. Speakers include Lazi Mathebula, Elio Moavero and Nicholas Christowitz. All the info on Facebook.  

JoziHub 44 Stanley, Braamfontein Werf // 4:30pm 


Thursday 7 April 2016


ShowOff is an exposé of four studios, who work and create in a common space. More info on Facebook

Fox Street Studios, 280 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg // 4-9pm


Friday 8 April 2016

CreativeMornings: Michelle Constant on Change 

Michelle Constant is CEO at Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) – a public private partnership between the corporate sector and government’s Department of Arts and Culture, with the aim of developing strategic partnerships between the business and arts sectors in South Africa. The BASA focus remains on Shared Value as a business and arts opportunity, and Arts Based Initiatives in the corporate sector and broader society. More info about Michelle and the talk she will present on Facebook

The Market Theatre, cnr Margaret Mcingana/Bree, Newtown // 8:30 – 10:30 am


Saturday 9 April 2016

Ebony and Ivories a new exhibition by Falko 

Falko is notably one of South Africa’s most well known and respected graffiti artists, with a career spanning almost 3 decades he has been highly influential on the growth of the local graffiti culture and inspired multiple generations of artists. For this exhibition Falko will be painting his signature elephants in various places and environments, these will be photographed once completed and then painted over right away so that they only exist in those photographs. A selection of the photographs will be printed and exhibited for the show. More info on Facebook

Greyscale, 33 De Korte Street, Braamfontein // 2-8pm


36 artworks, 30 days. Name your price!

A stellar lineup of artists, including Gordon Froud, Bambo Sibiya, Senzo Shabangu, Lehglogonolo Mashaba, Asanda Kupa and Themba Khumalo amongst others, have donated selected artworks towards raising funds for the InterProv Arts Exchange. More info on Facebook

The Art Room, Santos Centre, Cnr 4th Ave and 7th Street, Parkhurst // 12pm 


SA Taxi Foundation Art Award exhibition 

The public opening of the SA Taxi Art Foundation competition of the top 30 artists and winners. More info on Facebook

Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, 2193 Johannesburg // 11am


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