What’s on this First Thursday: between CPT and JHB

Louis Minaar Solo Exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery 

“Breathing. To most of us, it comes naturally. For many others, particularly those for whom anxiety is a daily struggle, that is not the case. The interrelation between breath and state of mind is the inspiration behind Pretoria-based visual artist Louis Minnaar’s latest exhibition multi-sensory installation, Breathing Room. The radial shapes within them mimic the stylistic qualities and movement of conscious breath. The stills are on display and for sale in the exhibition as unique prints. Breathing Room is on show at the gallery until August 20th. Be sure to experience it.

Patrick Bongoy Solo Exhibition at Southern Guild Gallery
‘Unseen Dimensions of the Known’ by @patrickbongoy, his first solo with Southern Guild since joining the gallery in 2021. This solo encompasses sculpture, woven tapestries, paintings and site-specific installations, including a work commissioned for @bmwsouthafrica, ‘The Braided Bone Chamber’. Bongoy continues to create an innovative visual language with hessian and rubber and he has  engaged in collaboration once more with South African poet @malikandlovu.

Fhatuwani Mukheli ‘Double Exposure’ at Gorgeous George

Kindred Gallery and Gorgeous George present influential shape-shifter and twofold artist-photographer, Soweto-born @fhatuwanimukhell’s

debut solo show in The Pink Room. ‘Double Exposure’ takes on inspiration from the various aspects of the artist’s personal life which involve duality and juxtaposition: his photography background, being a twin, being a “character” in the influencer world whilst being someone else in real life.

Here, Fhatuwani moves away from the palpable narratives that characterized his previous bodies of work. Instead, the artist’s new body of mixed media objects are what usher into a new chapter of introspective experimentation.

Artist Admin Cape Town and Joburg 

In Cape Town Artist Admin will be transformed into the world of local artist Jean De Wit. Jean’s

latest body of work, ‘Out of Town’, is a collection of landscape paintings depicting various scenes from around Cape Town that playfully and skeptically explore a variety of subtle paradoxes. Join in this First Thursday, the 4th of August at 6 pm, to explore the unfamiliar terrain of our beloved Cape Town through the circus eyes of Jean de Wet.

In Johannesburg they have a pop-up group show called Nice, Hey ED.01 where they will be showcasing some of the latest work of exciting local creatives in and around JHB

ED.01 will feature sublime ceramic vessels and homeware by three local ceramicists @okay.now.studio by Michelle Mellow, @pear_shaped_ceramics by Juliet Honey and @gwynstudios by Cynthia Edwards. Join in for one-night-only on Thursday, 4 August from 17h00 to 20h00 at Artist Admin, Johannesburg.

44 Stanley Avenue is the place to be for Johannesburg First Thursdays from exploring the ‘The Library of Things We Forgot To Remember’ archive by Kudzanai Chiurai to Open Studio by the My Loves Collective with works by Justice Mukheli, Sthu Manaka and Fhatuwani Mukheli. The gallery presents: ‘from the magazine’, curated by The Atelier and Balekane Legoabe, featuring works by Anico Mostert and Nano Le Face.

Justice Mukheli
Sthu Manaka
Fhatuwani Mukheli

KMH Architects Open Studio
KMH will once again open its studio doors to the public. In their 110th year of continuous practice and in the spirit of youth month, we launched a competition aimed at students at our Open Studio June edition. This First Thursday will see the winner of the student competition announced. This will be supplemented by a small exhibition of featured projects and a sprinkling of interactive moments. It promises to be a celebration of creativity and social encounters.

Memories of Mandela at Furlonger Gallery in Cape Town 

“We commemorate the memory of Nelson Mandela who died almost nine years ago on the 5th, December 2013 and to honour his unparalleled legacy as an anti-apartheid icon and a continuing beacon of hope to the

world.” A unique collection of images of Nelson

Mandela taken by Keith Bernstein.

First Thursday in Woodstock
Hosted by The Old Biscuit Mill, for the first time on 4 August 2022. All the restaurants and stores will be open, and a bunch of Neighbourgoods

Market traders will be there. You can expect ,music, food, art, party. They are open from 17pm and the event is Free Entry.

The Jack Alvor Design Studio at East City Wines
The design studio is curating a  first-of-its-kind experience this First

Thursdays! Think creativity, interactive art, super cool tech. Their goal is for people to not only look at galleries but to create art with Al and help BUILD a gallery together.

Gordon Ross at Gallery One11
Last chance to catch “Ideacircus” a Neo-Pop Art exhibition by artist Gordon Ross, featuring a festival-inspired multi-media installation, Neo-Pop paintings, mobiles, and objects. Free Entry. Kids welcome.

Girls, Girls , Girls at Daor Contemporary

Daor Contemporary is inviting everyone to their August group exhibition this Thursday, 4 August 2022 at 18:00. “Please feel free to share and bring your friends, family, and other animals. We look forward to seeing everyone at the opening of this show in honour of women’s month. There is plenty of parking in the Port of Cape Town. Entrance is through the South Arm Entrance boom gates that allow you access to the port. Please bring a valid SA ID, Driver’s License, or a passport if you are not a South African resident.

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