Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.

Communion Group Exhibition at Southern Guild in Cape Town

Until 30 January 2020

Image by Ricardo Simal

Communion brings into dialogue intensely personal work by six artists. Working in different disciplines, each artist uses their creative process to wrestle with, sanctify or release the ties that bind. The shared site of the gallery becomes a place for communion between the artist and their subject on the one hand, and among the group of artists together, on the other.  

The six featured artists are Andile Dyalvane, Justine Mahoney, Zizipho Poswa, Rich Mnisi, Madoda Fani and Chris Soal.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

VIVIDO Solo Exhibition by Ricardo Cabral at Art is Art Gallery in Cape Town

Until 31 January 2020

Ricardo Cabral presents a series of works produced with his distinctive multi-layered technique.

With a long trajectory that includes several international art festival appearances and dividing his time between London and Cape Town, Ricardo takes inspiration from the colourful palette of the inspiring African landscape, along with the vibrant, fast-paced cultural scene of the UK’s creative hub, London.

This South African born’s fascination with art began in his youth with strong influences from his maternal and paternal relatives. His grandmother, a self-taught oil painter, and uncle, a talented sketch artist, both left a strong impression on Ricardo. It aroused a distinctive inquisitiveness that has characterised his work since the early days of art workshops up to his more mature studied work of today.

For more information, visit ricardocabral.co.za.

Hold Still Solo Exhibition by Ruby Swinney at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town

Until 1 February 2019

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Mirror Words

WHATIFTHEWORLD presents Ruby Swinney’s second solo exhibition with the gallery: Hold Still. In her first solo following her presentation at the Zeitz MOCAA, Ruby’s new body of work focuses on several themes and conversations, such as humankind’s increasing alienation from natural worlds, ecological concerns, simulated environments, digital technology, and virtual realities, while still maintaining her signature hazed, eerie style of painting with oil on silk.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

Between the Lines Group Exhibition at THK Gallery in Cape Town

Until 8 February 2020

Atang Tshikare, Kgotlhano (Conflict), Screenprint on BFK Rives paper

Between the Lines showcases the works of Atang Tshikare, Jake Michael Singer and Patrick Bongoy, and will be held in Cape Town at THK Gallery from 12 December 2019 to 8 February 2020.

For more information, visit thkgallery.com.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 

14 – 16 February 2020

Teresa Kutala Firmino – Buffalo Town Hall, courtesy of Michael Hall

From 14 to 16 February 2020, the 8th edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 will welcome the foremost galleries from South Africa, the African continent and abroad.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair is the largest art fair on the African continent, showing cutting edge contemporary art. The Fair provides a platform for galleries, collectors, curators and artists from around the globe to engage in cultural and economic exchange. We offer an intimate experience of one of the world’s most unique art capitals. ICTAF is where the fast-growing African art market and the international art world meet.

For more information, please visit investeccapetownartfair.co.za.

I’m Done Solo Exhibition by Michael Linders at SMITH Gallery in Cape Town

Until 15 February 2020

In this new body of work, Michael Linders interrogates cults and mythmaking practices. The artist has created his own cult called “I’m Done” and the gallery space will serve as the indoctrination centre. The installation-based show features light works, painting, video work, a lenticular print and a see-through resin sculpture. Selected audience members will also be given a free book and T-shirt once they have committed to following the cult. Thulile Gamedze has written an interesting piece on the show that examines the history of cults and how Michael’s work responds to propaganda and censorship.

For more information, visit smithstudio.co.za.

Andile Dyalvane: Selected Works From The Leach Pottery District at Southern Guild Gallery in Cape Town

Until 18 February 2020

Made over a period of seven weeks while Andile Dyalvane was artist-in-residence at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (UK), this extensive collection of studio ceramics includes more than 30 hand-built vessels, bowls and platters. Andile’s prolific output at Leach – founded in 1920 by master ceramicists Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada – is the result of a profound energetic flow grounded in the artist’s Xhosa heritage and embracing the world at large. The collection offers a fascinating window onto a collaboration between his African-inspired approach and the traditions of British studio pottery.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.

Prisoners of Waar Solo Exhibition by Vusi Beauchamp at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 22 February 2020


Prisoners of Waar probes the unwavering stereotype, exotification and exploitation of black African bodies in popular media and narratives rooted in colonial ideologies. The problematical inheritance of the stigma can be found in the celebrated artist Paul Gauguin’s paintings and the now-banned publication of “Tintin in the Congo”. The illustrated bodies and narratives within Vusi Beauchamp’s work aim to reveal the colonial domination of black bodies and spiritual identity, the relentless demonising of immigrants, political refugees, religious indoctrination, cultural practice and xenophobia within the context of the South African, African and European landscapes.

For more information, visit artsy.net/99-loop.

Body Plants Solo Exhibition by Chris Denovan at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town

Until 22 February 2020

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In this exhibition of paintings and drawings, Chris Denovan explores the variable symbolism of plants. His motifs of leaves and flowers find an unlikely pairing in those of hands and feet and disembodied limbs. Here, body parts become plants, the expected brushes up against the strange, the recognisable leans towards the unfamiliar.

For more information visit artsy.net/99-loop.

If It Wasn’t For Us Solo Exhibition by Sarah Pratt at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town

Until 22 February 2020

Something in the Distance

A charmingly self-critical exploration of how the natural world would be thriving without humans. In her signature style, the artist will once again introduce a broad range of animals and environments in gentle and amusing combinations.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.

Acts at the Crossroads Solo Exhibition by Otobong Nkanga at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

Until 23 February 2020

Otobong Nkanga – Shaping Memory, 2012.

Living and working in Belgium, Nigerian-born artist Otobong Nkanga has received considerable recognition and major accolades, including the inaugural Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award (2019); the Sharjah Art Foundation Prize (2019);  the Belgian Art Prize (2017); and the 8th Yanghyun Prize, Korea (2015). 

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum

Design Indaba 2020

26 – 28 February 2020

Design Indaba has been built on the foundation that creativity drives progress and opens doors. In times of challenge, it can prove the key to unlocking the cures. As a result, the three-day programme will continue to offer a spectrum of events that prompt people to think, and act, from the Emerging Creatives showcase to the daily action outside on the piazza, and of course the conference itself. The programme is designed to catalyse creativity, foster networking and inspire progress and innovation across disciplines and divides.

The conference will once again take place early in the calendar – kicking off the year with a high-octane programme of dynamic talks, exciting exhibitions and engaging workshops. It will run from 26 to 28 February 2020 at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Additionally, it will be broadcast live via simulcast to major cities around the country, allowing design devotees in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Potchefstroom to take part in this must-attend event.

Ticket sales for Design Indaba 2020 are officially open. Tickets can be bought via webtickets.co.za.

Foreign Land Solo Exhibition by Alastair Whitton at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

Until 25 February 2020

Essentially a portrait of Cape Town, a city in flux, this body of work considers, what Alastair Whitton refers to as, ‘the mechanisms of memory and the mapping of geographies’. Through the lens, he explores “the architecture of time and the poetics and politics of place”. His photographs celebrate the seemingly commonplace and are in effect “monuments to the dislocated and overlooked”. Of his creative practice, Whitton says, “I understand the process as a form of visual and cultural archaeology; a gathering and structuring of found fragments in an attempt to make sense of place and time while recording personal and collective histories.”

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.

Over Time Solo Exhibition by Carrie Mae Weems at Goodman Gallery Cape Town

Until 29 February 2020

Over Time presents several bodies of work, which look at these themes in relation to how the past comes to bear on the present. In this regard, Carrie Mae Weems reflects on history in order to engage with the present and question where we might be going.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Bôna Solo Exhibition by Thabhannesiso Sekgala at Goodman Gallery Joburg

Until 29 February 2020

Tiger, 2012

Bôna, a selection of work from several photo essays by the late Thabiso Sekgala, which explore how social borders determine visibility in society. The exhibition’s title, Bôna, is a Sesotho word with a double meaning. As a verb, Bôna means to “see”. When used as a pronoun, the word translates to “them”. Thabiso Sekgala’s photographs evoke this title through the responses they elicit from the subjects in the work and in turn us, the viewers.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.

Bilongue Solo Exhibition by Barthélémy Toguo at STEVENSON in Cape Town 

Until 7 March 2020

Toguo Bilongue

While the artist’s preceding exhibitions interrogated social malaise and revelled in “life with all its feelings” respectively, Bilongue unites these preoccupations as Barthélémy Toguo pays homage to the sufferings and joys of the residents of a Cameroonian settlement facing inequitable conditions.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.

Solid Waste Solo Exhibition by Cameron Platter at WHATIFTHEWORLD Cape Town

Until 14 March 2020

Cameron Platter’s solo exhibition consists of an installation of sculptures, tapestry, ceramics, drawings and a video installation.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.

The Largest William Kentridge Exhibition in Africa at Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation in Cape Town

Until 23 March 2020

The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Norval Foundation and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.

Local art enthusiasts and international visitors to Cape Town – a fast-growing cultural capital – will gain access to many different works, executed over decades, by William Kentridge in two of the city’s leading art institutions at the same time, with the artist’s Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture on view at Norval Foundation and Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work on display at Zeitz MOCAA.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum and norvalfoundation.org.

Galileo Open Air Cinema, Cape Town and surrounds

Until 25 April 2020

Nothing signals the arrival of summer sweeter than the return of The Galileo Open Air Cinema, Cape Town’s first and finest outdoor movie experience. Offering a line-up packed with 117 of the greatest movies, from golden classics to fun family favourites, creepy horrors, heart-tugging rom-coms and everything in between, The Galileo provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable night out for any occasion and no occasion at all.

Running from Wednesday to Saturday and December Sundays, The Galileo adds movie magic to some of the most picturesque venues, giving movie-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to experience their favourite movie or favourite venue in a truly unique and exciting way. Kirstenbosch Gardens is one of The Galileo’s beloved regular venues and takes the limelight every Wednesday and Thursday evening this summer. Fridays add a dose of variety with the rotation of four sensational venues: Battery Park (V&A Waterfront), Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville), Central Park (Century City) and Steenberg Farm (Tokai). Saturdays remain a Winelands experience, with 20 award-winning wine estates across Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Franschhoek and Paarl forming part of the schedule while Sundays during December school holidays take place at the Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands and encourages a special family-themed series of events.

For more information and a full line-up, visit thegalileo.co.za.

Gabrielle Goliath’s sound installation, This song is for… at Iziko South African Gallery in Cape Town

Until 27 April 2020

This Song Is For… presents a series of dedication songs chosen by survivors of sexual violence, which are performed as covers by women-led and/or gender-nonconforming ensembles. In each song a disruption occurs at a certain point, creating in the words of Gabrielle Goliath an opportunity for listeners to “inhabit a contested space of traumatic recall – one in which the de-subjectifying violence of rape and its psychic afterlives becomes painfully entangled with personal and political claims to life, dignity, hope, faith, even joy.

For more information, visit iziko.org.za.

Mage Solo Exhibition by Justine Mahoney at Southern Guild in Cape Town 

Until 13 May 2020

Sculptor Justine Mahoney delves into the tangled web of transformation that occurs between adolescence and adulthood in Mage, her second solo show. Deriving its title from the archaic term for sorcerer or magician, the exhibition assembles a cast of hybridised characters, antiheroes and archetypes who present an alternative mythology for our times.

For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.