Public art with artists Jacques Coetzer, Brett Murray and Johann van der Schijff, Sat 16 Feb

This tour, a first, will give context and insight into public artworks in central Cape Town. Your eyes will be opened to art you’ll have never noticed before and to stories behind major art commissions.

Starting at Ruth Sacks’ Cissie Gool Memorial, we’ll stop briefly at We are still here mosaic before going to the colonial statues in Grand Parade and the life size bronze of Mandela on the steps of City Hall.

At Africa, (pictured below), St George’s Mall, Brett Murray will talk about this work which was so controversial when its was unveiled in 2000, but now fondly regarded.

Outside the AVA Gallery, is Johann van der Schijff‘s Arm-Wrestling Podium (or AWP), outside the AVA where we’ll pop in for refreshments, hosted by its director, Mirjam Asmal. hopefully here we’ll have a quick arm wrestle with artist himself.

We finish at Jacques Coetzer‘s OPEN HOUSE (image on homepage), marking 20 years of democracy (now 25 years!). Jacques will tell us about this large work. Like Brett’s Africa, it features in Phaidon’s Destination Art, 500 Artworks Worth the Trip.

At the end Jacques has organised with Manan Jamah of the African Music Store (based diagonally opposite) for drummers to perform on ‘his’ artwork.

Kate Crane Briggs of Culture Connect will be leading the tour, which has been selected to be part of ART WEEK CAPE TOWN.

Price: R250 early bird pre 11 February, then R350 each

Start at: 10am, Cissie Gool Memorial, pedestrianised part of Longmarket by Buitenkant Street

Finish at: 12:15pm OPEN HOUSE – intersection of Long and Dorp Streets

Optional lunch afterwards at Lola’s, 228 Long St – a favourite with the artists (R150 per head likely cost)