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A guide to First Thursdays & other things to see and do: CT | 31 May – 6 June 2016

It’s the 6th First Thursdays of 2016! Tonight we’re heading down to Woodstock to celebrate the Goodman Gallery’s 50th anniversary and check out Peter Hugo’s new body of photographic work at Stevenson. There’s also an interactive documentary exhibition at the Cape Town central library, two group exhibitions at 99 Loop and the Kamer’s festival which is taking place from Wednesday to Sunday this week! 

Stop 1: Central Library, Cnr of Parade & Darling St // 1pm

Launched in conjunction with the Encounters Documentary Festival, Virtual Encounters is a creative multi-platform displaying new forms of interactive documentary storytelling through gaming and virtual reality techniques. There’s also a masterclass with Arnaud Colinart, the producer of the award-winning Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, which screens at the film festival. Visit here for in-depth info. 

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Stop 2: The Goodman Gallery, 176 Sir Lowry Road // 6pm

The Goodman Gallery has become an art institution over the years and celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. “Titled New Revolutions, our programme will include prominent international and African artists – each part of the Goodman Gallery’s history, present and future – engaging with the idea of perpetual change, alternative independent movements and the reinvigorating of ideology based upon mutable historical realities. The project as a whole will consider Goodman Gallery’s history as an inclusive space, as well as its approach to showing contemporary art that shifts perspectives and engenders social transformation,” reads their manifesto. Click here for more. 

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Stop 3: Stevenson, 160 Sir Lowry Road // 6pm

Peter Hugo is presenting his sixth solo show called 1994. His unsentimental portraits are of children in Rwanda and South Africa, who were born post 1994 in a post-revolutionary era. The images raise questions around history and post-conflict narratives, as well as the portrayal of youth in times of transition. Visit Facebook for more.

Pieter Hugo 2

Stop 4: 99 Loop Gallery, 99 Loop St

99 Loop has a double whammy of works on display. They’re showcasing their first winter group show, Untitled 2.99 and the Bos Design A Can finalists’ designs. Fine art and graphic design collide eclectic mix of creativity. Visit 99 Loop for more info. 

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Stop 5: WorldArt, 54 Church Street // 6pm

Country for Old Men by Art of Brother is an interactive art and design exhibition that explores the traces of traditional masculinity in present day men. It looks at “rules of masculinity” passed down by forefathers and attempts to assert what it means being a man both now and for the future. See Facebook for more. 

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Stop 6: Upstairs by Spasie, 103 Bree St // 5pm

Jeanne Hugo and Elmarie van Starten present EBB & FLOW[ER] a painting exhibition inspired by nature and sea voyages. “My inspiration is fuelled by an insatiable thirst for adventure and exploration. Nature and all its contradictions, the man made and the unexplored universe that is the imagination is what shapes my creative mind; space; world”, says Elmarie. Click here for more.

Other things to see & do:

Wednesday 1 June

Making Space Panel Discussion

This panel discussion aims to explore the relevance of alternative play spaces for curators and artists. It’s also touching on the responsibility that arts administrators have in creating and sustaining spaces that allow artists to survive, develop and network. Joost Bosland from Stevenson, Alessio Antoniolli from Gasworks in London, and Josh Ginsberg from A4 & Atlantic House are some the panellists selected to speak. See Facebook for the full list.

Greatmore Studios, 47-49 Greatmore St, Woodstock // 10am

Cape Town

Friday 3 June

PopUp Art Fiesta

There’s an exhibition indoors, Graffiti artist #Subizm ArtFX is going to be working live on the outside of the building, DJ Creamer is playing live and there’s Mexican food available across the street. Sounds like a cool shindig to kick off the weekend. Go to Facebook for more. 

The PopUp Woodstock, 2 Frere St, Woodstock // 5pm

Cape Town

Saturday 4 June – Sunday 5 June


If you love buying handcrafted things, then don’t miss out on Kamers taking place at the Castle of Good Hope. There’s live music, food stalls and handmade goods to go. Check out their website for the events line-up and ticket prices.

Castle of Good Hope, Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore // 9am

Cape Town

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