Experience Art Month at Welgemeend​​ in Cape Town this August

Welgemeend Art Month is about much more than the curated thought-provoking exhibition Satire and Irony; it is a month-long celebration of art that includes art talks, an education programme featuring art movies and masterclasses.

This year’s Satire and Irony feature exhibition is the highlight of Cape Town’s winter art calendar and showcases a selection of the works by Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker and Alexander Podlashuc, as well as a sculpture by Peter Haden, from the collections of the Kilbourns, Marion and Jonathan Bloch, Erin and Leo Podlashuc, Caro Wiese and other private collectors.

Founded in 2014 by collectors Lizelle and Frank Kilbourn, this charity initiative came from a discussion with Stephan Welz, the founding managing director of Strauss & Co, to host a charitable event to help protect the illustrious manor home and cultural heritage Welgemeend, anno 1693, which was declared a monument in 1944.

Strauss & Co’s chairperson, Frank Kilbourn, says “Art Month at Welgemeend is an important passion project for Strauss & Co and for us as a family. Over the past six years Art Month at Welgemeend has established itself as a powerful platform for private collectors to show their work to an art-interested public. I am particularly excited this year to be collaborating with long-time friends from the art community and business.”

Art Month at Welgemeend will also include an exciting social and educational programme. The educational committee has selected two art-themed films. On Monday 12 August, Herb & Dorothy (2008), about collectors Dorothy and Herb Vogel, screened, and on Monday 18 August, Art Month at Welgemeend will premiere a new documentary about Cape Town-based painter, Simon Stone.

This year’s Art Month at Welgemeend includes influential masterclasses on 17 August Lizelle Kilbourn will be in conversation with art critic Amanda Botha; their talk will offer a helpful introduction to art evaluation.

On 28 August, Hayden Proud, a curator at Iziko South African National Gallery, will deliver a lecture on Alexander Podlashuc, he will be joined by Strauss & Co’s Dr Alastair Meredith who will reflect upon the work of sculptor Peter Haden.

Art Month is a joint initiative with the Friends of Welgemeend, Lizelle and Frank Kilbourn, Marion and Jonathan Bloch, Erin and Leo Podlashuc, Strauss & Co and with the assistance of Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. The Welgemeend Art Month will run from 1 to 31 August and coincides with this initiative.

To book your tickets to Art Month at Welgemeend in Gardens, Cape Town please visit https://www.welgemeendart.co.za/event-calendar/ or enquire via email info@welgemeendart.co.za

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