Joburg Contemporary Art Tour

Join Culture Connect SA for a day trip as we visit key studios and collectives in downtown Joburg with an inner city contemporary art tour. We end the day trip with supper in a gallerist’s apartment.

Downtown Joburg Gallery and Studio Tour

  1. We start at the highly regarded Artist Proof Studios started by Kim Berman and the late Nhlanhla Xaba as “printmaking was seen as a counter force to the suspicion and division left from the apartheid years and, as a democratic medium, it was considered to be especially appropriate in helping to build a truly egalitarian society’’. Our host is the manager, Shannin Antonopoulo. One of things we’ll see is the printing of some of William Kentridge’s Rome murals.
  2. We then go to one of the first collective artists’ studios in South Africa, the Bag Factory which was started in 1991. Since its inception it has provided space for artists from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its illustrious residents include acclaimed Alexandra-born artist and cultural activist David Koloane and renowned painter and installation artist Kagiso Pat Mautloa. Other established artists such as Deborah Bell, Claudette Schreuders, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis have had residencies here.
  3. Our next and final studio stop for the morning is Assemblage which was co-founded by Louise Van Der Bijl, our host, “for all visual art students, graduates and professionals; to come and network, share and collaborate”. We’ll see a new exhibition, the peer-to-peer mentoring spaces and generally how it is creating a community for Joburg artists at different stages.

Despite being a long weekend, there will be a buzz as training workshops will be in progress and artists will be getting ready for the Turbine Art Fair (16 – 19 July) and the Joburg Art Fair (8 – 10 September). We’ll see a range of media and work at various stages of development, by both established and emerging artists.

Date: Saturday, 17  June 2017

Time: 9h15-12pm

Cost: R200 pre 6 June, then R250 pre-pay (excludes transport and refreshments)

Tour of Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile 

We visit the private roof-spaces at Everard Read and Circa, before a light lunch and gallery “hopping” in the TRUMPET building (SMAC, Whatiftheworld and Southern Guild) and walking along Jan Smuts Ave – David Kruts, Lizamore & Associates. We finish with Mounir Fatmi’s show Goodman Gallery, hosted by curators Nthabiseng Mokoena with Kimberly Cunningham.

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2017

Time: 12h30-4h15pm

R200 pre 6 June, then R250 pre-pay – excludes lunch

This is a walking tour – there will be an extra fee for travel from the morning studio tours

We end the day at the small apartment of Julie Taylor who set up the on-line gallery Guns and Rain. Julie specializes in emerging contemporary art from Southern Africa. Our host is art historian, Vu Horwitz. We’ll be joined by artist Thina Dube whose group shows include Turbine Art Fair, Constitutional Hill and Sguzu Press Soweto.

Cost per head: R400 per 6 June, then R550 (includes Spier’s Creative Block wine)

Images: Circa building (Everard Read) | Mashaba’s AnAtomic II (currently showing at Lizamore & Associates) | Mounir Fatmi
The Visible Side of the King (we’ll see this too) | Homepage: Assemblage’s exhibition space