February 2014 diary

Fabulous February heralds in the last of the summer months. Soak up the last of the sunshine and balmy evenings with our lineup of fantastic art exhibitions, summer concerts, wine pairings and family fun… Amassing into a fever pitch at the end of the month with Design Indaba, Guild and the Cape Town Art Fair to overwhelm our creative senses. Let the good times roll!


V&A Market on The Wharf
Nobel Square, between the Two Oceans Aquarium and the V&A Hotel, Cape Town 
The V&A Market on The Wharf is quickly entrenching its position as Cape Town’s ultimate gastronomic destination. An array of artisanal foods, on-site demo kitchens and a kids entertainment area are just a few of its laurels. The market is open all day Wednesday to Sunday. 

Neighbourhood Goods Market
The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm, this is the hotspot for locavores. Expect over 100 specialty traders including local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs and micro enterprises – not to forget the designers. Get there early for parking. 

Neighbourhood Goods Market
73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Every Saturday, from 9am to 3pm, this is the younger cousin of the Cape Town mother event. Not quite as big and epic, but steadily growing alongside the exciting Braamies rejuvenation. 

City Bowl Food Market
14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town, citybowlmarket@gmail.com 
Every Thursday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm, this food and wine market offers easy access to fresh produce and tasty fare. Thursdays in particular have become quite a social affair and Saturdays sometimes also have a fashion component. 

Capital Urban Market
381 Church Street, between Sisulu and Du Toit streets, Pretoria CBD
Capital Urban Market is a new Pretoria inner-city market forming part of the Cool Capital 2014 citizen-driven initiative to revitalise and restore the inner-city, and give local designers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and expand their brand. Read more here

Alley Cat
32A Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, 076 974 4344
If you’re into classics such as GreaseRocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice, you’re in good company! Stop on by at the open-air movie alley and ice cream bar, and settle in for a cosy movie night under the stars. Check out their Facebook page or sign-up on their mailing list for details.

The Chinese Girl
Delaire Graff Estate, R310, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, 021 885 8160
The original Chinese Girl by Tretchikoff is once again on South African soil. Officially unveiled near the end of last year, together with the reopening of the Graff Diamonds Store, you can now view it firsthand. Read VISI’s Tretchikoff fun facts here.

Cupcake and wine pairing
Delheim Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch, 021 888 4600
Think Rooibos, lemon-infused cupcakes with honey cream cheese icing paired with a fun and fruity chardonnay and you’re in the realm of resident chef Christine Claasen’s pairings. Available seven days a week at R75 for four cupcake pairings – booking recommended. 

Artisan chocolate and wine pairings
Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Treat your taste buds to a sensory feast of exclusively developed chocolates with a range of flavours including apricot, lime, orange marmalade, spicy Glühwein and lemon cream, to match with the impeccable 1685 range of Boschendal wines.

Pottery classes
Art in the Forest, Rhodes Drive, Constantia Nek, Cape Town 021 794 0291
Start or improve your pottery skills with South African master-potter Anthony Shapiro, who is now offering ceramic classes from the studio space at Art In the Forest. With a maximum of eight students per session, individual attention will ensure that you don’t leave empty handed. 

Lalela Project Summer Exhibition
One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Lalela Project is a year-round, community-based arts education initiative that is aimed at sparking the creative thinking and awakening the entrepreneurial spirit of disadvantaged youth in the Western Cape. With one of its newest projects recently recognised as a must-visit in Cape Town by the New York Times, this exhibition features a year’s array of work by Lalela Project students.

Artisan chocolate and wine pairings
Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Treat your taste buds to a sensory feast of exclusively developed chocolates with a range of flavours including apricot, lime, orange marmalade, spicy Glühwein and lemon cream, to match with the impeccable 1685 range of Boschendal wines.

English Edition 
66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, info@culturegallery.co.za
Until 8 February an exhibition of high quality, signed, limited edition prints by various English contemporary artists will be available for viewing and purchase.  

Green Picnics
Delheim Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellebosch, 021 888 4600
Until 30 April, you can enjoy an eco-friendly picnic complete with cotton blankets and a hand-woven basket brimming with homemade goodies all snugly wrapped in biodegradable bamboo packaging. Seated on the lush lawns alongside the Klip River, soak up the abundant bird life, kick back and relax.

The Year Of The Horse
Fourth Floor Da Vinci Hotel, Legacy Corner, Sandton, 011 292 7113, art@artafrique.co.za
Until 13 February, a group exhibition including the likes of Adriaan Diedericks, Marc Alexander, Ardmore, Themba Masala and more, explore the concept of the Chinese calendar’s Year of the Horse.

Walls: Art in Good Company
Tokara, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, art@tokara.com
Until 30 April
, you are invited to embark on the lush wine route where you can check out the group exhibition of 13 South African artists, including Nontombembi Booi, Johan Coetzee and Victor Ivanoff.

Saturday 1 February 2014 

I Heart Market
Moses Mabhida Stadium, Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban, thejoyteam@gmail.com
On the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm, Durban’s design and food artisans share their wares at this funky market. 

Grace Kotze: 13 Years of Painting Walkabout
artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, 031 312 0793 
At 11am there is a walkabout of the solo exhibition of paintings by KwaZulu-Natal artist Grace Kotze ranges from landscapes to human forms painted between 2000 and 2013. 

Blessing of the Harvest
Môreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek, email breadandwine@moreson.co.za, 021 876 4004
The ideal 2014 summer experience for couples, friends and groups. Try your hand at making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using the oldest tools in the winemaking business… your feet.

Outdoor Rooms: Decor workshop
Chapters Decor Training Academy, 84 Maria Street, Fontainbleau, Randburg, ewing@mweb.co.za
Get the scoop on latest trends in plants, outdoor furnishings, fabrics and colour at an inspirational workshop about patio and outdoor decor. Equip yourself to transform your outdoor space into a sanctuary of light, comfort and relaxation. Seats are limited, so book to secure yours.

Collograph Workshop
Prints on Paper Workshop, Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
In this two-day workshop, learn how to make a collagraph or collage print made out of various found materials such as sand, leaves, sticks, sawdust, fabric, paper, and any other semi-flat items brought from home.

Sunday 2 February 2014

The Rooftop, 3 Desmond Street, Kramerville
From 10am to 4pm on the first Sunday of every month, Collective is a collaboration of local and international design, jewellery, vintage collections, ceramics, fabric, furniture, accessories and all beautiful things. Read our interview with founder Catherine Corry here.

Monday 3 February 2014

Actuality and Illusions
Erdmann Contemporary, 63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 021 422 2762
Until 7 March, you are invited to check out the delightfully diverse “group exhibition that requires more vision than eyes” featuring work by the likes of Nomusa Makubu, Connor Cullinan, Bronwen Vaughan-Evans, Jeannette Unite, Clare Menck and Hannelie Taute. The opening is from 6pm to 8pm.

Tuesday 4 February 2014

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
The Grand Parade, Darling Street, Cape Town
Until 7 February, the CTEMF kicks off with four days of workshops, followed by a massive party from 7 to 9 February. Expect a superlative selection of local and international house, bass and hip-hop legends to take you on a journey that is bound to leave you tripping and breathless for more!

Wednesday 5 February 2014 

Soft Walls
Market Photo Workshop, 2 President Street (entrance Bus Factory), Newtown, Johannesburg, info@marketphotoworkshop.co.za
Until 2 April, one of VISI’s favourite photographers, Sydelle Willow Smith (see some of her work for us here), will showcase evocative images that figuratively investigate the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities. The opening is at 6pm.

Co Author
Lizamore & Assoc Gallery, 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Rosebank, 011 880 8802
Until 1 March, artist Olaf Bisschoff explores the “artist as curator” in a collaborative exhibition, which involves Stephen Rosin, Robert Hamblin, Gordon Froud, Sarel Petrus and Vusi Beauchamp, among others. Acclaimed artist and curator, Gordon Froud, will open the exhibition. Join them at 6pm for a glass of wine and to meet the artist.

The Heart of Italian Living. Your Home Is Our Passion
Italian Aircraft Carrier Cavour, Eastern Mole 1, Portside Road, Cape Town Harbour, evento.cavour@federlegnoarredo.it
Until 10 February, the Ambassador of Italy in South Africa, Commander of the 30° Italian Naval Group, the Italian Trade Agency and FederlegnoArredo all cordially invite you to get a glimpse of the best Italian interiors, right here in South Africa. Opens at 10am daily. Booking is essential and identification is required.

Thursday 6 February 2014

First Thursdays
Central Cape Town, goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Kickstarting every month with a bang is First Thursdays, when various galleries, shops and eateries in central Cape Town open their doors until 9pm and the city becomes a museum like no other. 

Nihiliphobia, This Is Where I Leave You, Living Just Enough and Loco-Metta
Brundyn+Gonslaves, 21 Loop Street, Cape Town, 021 425 5150 
Until 13 March, four exhibitions kick off this discerning gallery’s annual programme. Be seduced by the poignant photography of Carla Liesching, the evocative miniature crime scenes by Gabrielle Alberts, the sensitive photographic documenting of Mack Magagane and Kutlwano Moagi, and the mesmerising videography of Emeka Ogboh. The opening is at 6pm. 

The Politics of Bling: An Eastrand Culture Quest
GoetheonMain, 245 Main Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 011 442 3232
Artist Muntu Vilakazi describes his new body of work as a photographic story that looks at the rise of the black middle class as South Africa approaches 20 years as a democracy. It focuses specifically on the lifestyles of young black people in areas that still experience vast underdevelopment and a high rate of unemployment.

BDO Building Tour
22 Wellington Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 011 403 0954
From 2pm to 3pm GiFA’s tour will uncover the interesting architectural dynamics that Paragon Architects (read our interview with co-director Henning Rasmuss here) experienced inserting an efficient commercial building into a rare heritage-influenced site. Group size is limited so book to confirm your attendance.

Gold Rush
In Toto Gallery, 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Street, Birdhaven, 011 447 6543
Until 5 March, Johannesburg artist and native Stephen Graham, together with KZN artist Ross Passmoor, explore and navigate their individual relationships to Africa’s juxtaposed City of Gold.

Crossing the Line
Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands, Cape Town, 021 671 1553
Until 13 March, artist Robert Slingsby explores the bittersweet realities of urbanisation and the consequent threat of extinction to ancient traditions through haunting large-scale drawings of locals in remote areas of Ethiopia.

Venus At Home
North West University Gallery, Main Campus, Potchefstroom, 018 299 4341
Until 20 March, artist Usha Seejarim takes you on a journey of fascination with the everyday. Drawing from personal experience she explores issues of identity with pertinent questions about nationality, culture and the concept of “home”. Opening address at 6pm by Michelle Constant, who wrote an essay about South African creativity for our new WILD DESIGN issue.

South African Bicycle Builders
SAM (South African Market), 107 Bree Street, Cape Town, 079 808 0641, shop@ilovesam.co.za
Until 10 March, make your way to an exhibition of locally built authentic, classic and historic bicycle frames, which include names like Le Jeune, Hansom and Lotus to name but a few. Jointly curated by Nic Grobler and Stan Engelbrecht, the fun begins at 5pm. Read our article about the new South African Market here.

Thinking In A Space Walkabout
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main, The Maboneng Precinct   
From 6pm to 8pm, artists from this group exhibition will tell visitors more about the work on display and be available to answer any questions.

Market On Main
264 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 082 868 1335
Looking for a metropolis of culinary experts, ambitious food entrepreneurs and food lovers that promote regional economic development. Expect yummy street food as well as a design and vintage section that includes locally designed furniture, clothing, accessories and craft. From 7pm to 11pm.

Friday 7 February 2014

WineStyle Summer WineDown
Tintswalo Waterfall, Kayalami Estates, corner Maxwell and R55
Until 8 February, this two-day event is a wine party, not a wine trade show, so come dressed in your summer whites and dancing shoes, unwind and relax, rub shoulders with great wine professionals and stock up your collection. A menu of tapas, gourmet picnic snacks and charcuterie boards will be available to purchase. Book at webtickets.co.za.

Saturday 8 February 2014

Soft Walls Walkabout
Market Photo Workshop, 2 President Street (entrance Bus Factory), Newtown, Johannesburg, info@marketphotoworkshop.co.za
At 10am, one of VISI’s favourite photographers, Sydelle Willow Smith (see some of her work for us here), will conduct a walkabout of her evocative images that figuratively investigate the subtle ways in which African nationals and South Africans, in relationships, make sense of their space, experiences and complexities.  

Franschhoek Summer Wines
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, R45, Franschoek Valley, Franschoek, 021 876 8002
Relax and unwind with Franschhoek’s finest wineries as they showcase their premium summer wines, alongside mouth-watering deli-style food in the decadent valley scenery. Live entertainment will ensure an unforgettable experience throughout the day.

Antique Fair
Kirstenbosch Gardens Exhibition Centre, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, 021 422 1319
Until 9 February, the South African Antique Dealers’ Association will hold their annual event exhibiting a fine selection of some of the rarest and most desirable creations. Approximately 20 dealers from around the country will be present and the money raised will be used to support Woodsides Special Care Centre.

Museum of African Design (Moad), 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg, moad@mabonengprecinct.com, 011 592 0517
From 10am to 2pm, get into the live, work, play atmosphere of Maboneng with champers, mimosa, Bloody Marys, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, as well as specialty waffles from Waffelicious and other yummy treats from  JHB Culinary and Pastry School. Book to reserve your seat. Read our interview with Moad curator Aaron Kohn here.

Monday 10 February 2014

Collective and Peripheral Visions
artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, 031 312 0793 
Until 1 March, get a sneak peek into what a professional art collector’s portfolio looks like with private collectors exhibiting their artworks. Running concurrently is an exhibition of artist Faye Spencer, who explores the ideas around departure, and notions of absence and presence on monotype, linocut and embossed images stemming from a novel, which the artist has written. Opening at 6.30pm. 

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Iziko South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Cape Town, 021 467 4660
Until 11 May, you can see the first major solo exhibition of artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode whose photographs constitute a profound narrative of sexual and cultural difference. The black male body becomes the focal point of photographic enquiry in his large-scale colour and black-and-white portraits.. Opening at 5.30pm for 6pm. 

Wednesday 12 February 2014

I Saw This
Whatiftheworld Gallery, 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 802 3111
Until 29 March, is the latest multimedia exhibition of artist Cameron Platter that examines the disciplines of consumption, excess, detritus, discord and conflict within a fragmented South African identity. Opening at 6pm.

Street Soirees
Lower Church Street, Stellenbosch, 021 886 8275
SA’s wine and gourmet capital gets into the Valentine’s mood early with this monthly street festival of food, wine and live music. 

Retrospective Walkabout
Iziko South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Cape Town, 021 467 4660
At 1pm there will be walkabout of artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s solo exhibition with curator Renée Mussai.

The Secret Love Project
Culture Urban + Contemporary Gallery, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, info@culturegallery.co.za
This official World Design Capital project (#WDC518) aims to raise the positive collective consciousness of our entire city, subliminally. It is centred on a citywide artwork using the heart symbol and celebrates the idea of love. Artists include Michael Elion (featured in our new WILD DESIGN issue), Guto Bussab, MJ Lourens, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Ree Treweek (read an interview here) and Gwen van Embden. DJ Love Pod will be in the house with some mad mixes.

The Design Share Party
Velo, 85 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Get your dose of creativity at this monthly gathering where cutting-edge creatives of all disciplines share their work and inspiration. This month the featured creative are Loyiso Mkize, Jana & Koos and Iseeadifferentyou.

Shop 9, Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, 011 447 7062
Hudson Building, corner of Hudson and Strand streets, De Waterkant, Cape Town, 021 418 5382
Until 12 March, get your favourite designer goodies at prices to steal!

Group Show
Momo Gallery, 52 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 011 327 3247
Until 12 March, see some of South Africa’s most iconic artworks all under one roof. Artists include the likes of Joël Mpah Dooh, Andrew Tshabangu, Mary Sibande and Blessing Ngobeni.

Thursday 13 February 2014

His and Her Night Market
The Lock Stock, Woodstock Exchange, 66 to 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
From 6pm to 9pm, get rid of those office blues and immerse yourself in what promises to be an evening of wine, design and a jolly good time.

A Fork in the Road
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town New Church & Victoria Street, Tamboerskloof, 011 726 5529, info@fluxtrends.co.za
Get back on track at the quarterly Flux Trends comprehensive snapshot of trends that are changing the way we live, work and play. Ranging from technology and retail to economy and socio-cultural, you’ll be equipped to get the most out of your business strategy. Tickets cost R300. 

Friday 14 February 2014 

Full Moon Valentine’s Picnic
Spier Hotel, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100
Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with a romantic evening picnic under the stars. Start off with a basket crammed with deliciously indulgent treats and a bottle of Spier’s Signature Méthode Cap Classique. Then settle down with your complimentary blanket and cushions to watch the classic romantic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Book at www.quicket.co.za.

Love Rosendal Festival
Rosendal, Eastern Cape, samantha@polka.co.za, 083 630 1910
Submerge yourself in the unique, genuine small-town hospitality and creativity. Kick off the weekend with drinks, dinner, dancing, fire and lights at the local favourite Rosa Restaurant and join in the city’s celebration of its “people, products and place”. Get exclusive sneak peeks into artist studios and resident homes.

A Fork in the Road
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch, 22 Whitely Street, Melrose Arch Precinct, 011 726 5529, info@fluxtrends.co.za
Get back on track at the quarterly Flux Trends comprehensive snapshot of trends that are changing the way we live, work and play. Ranging from technology and retail to economy and socio-cultural, you’ll be equipped to get the most out of your business strategy. Tickets cost R300.

Valentine’s Breakfast
Delheim Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellebosch, 021 888 4600
Nestled on the idyllic slopes of the Simonsberg outside Stellenbosch, is this idyllic romantic hideaway and, for just R75 per person, you and your partner can whisper sweet nothings over a delicious baguette with scrambled egg, cream cheese, salmon and rocket, paired with a glass of Méthode Cap Classique – a match made in heaven that will put you in a great mood for the rest of the day!

Of Love and Loss
Stevenson, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 462 1500
Until 4 April, award-winning visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi (who is also speaking at this year’s Design Indaba Conference) will present a solo exhibition portraying all her documented weddings and funerals in the black LGBTI community in South Africa, which all serve as reminders of the need for a safe space to express individual identities. The opening is from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Saturday 15 February 2014

M + M Space Design Sale
Shop 10/11 Flanders Mall, 14 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe, 031 539 1072
Until 15 March, you can get 25% off all merchandise except for Charlotte Rhys products and artworks. Invest in some designer decor items and support local while you are at it.

Sunday 16 February 2014

Picnic Concerts Series
Backsberg Estate Cellars, R45, Franschoek, info@backsberg.co.za, 021 875 5141
Until 16 March, bring your friends and family and spend lazy Sunday afternoons in a beautiful vineyard setting. Enjoy great food and wine, while listening to some of the best of SA’s superb local music talent. Pre-sale tickets are available from www.plankton.mobi.

Animal Series
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts On Main, 072 350 4326
Until 9 March, the gallery will present a new series of works from the Animal Series by Johan Thom. Besides etchings, drawings and sculpture, the exhibition also includes the artist’s collaborations with Willem Boshoff, Diane Victor, David Koloane, Bevan de Wet and Guy du Toit. Opens at 12pm.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

A Struggle Without Documentation Is No Struggle
Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg, yolandel@absa.co.za, 079 495 7353
Until 13 March, see the original photographs of acclaimed photographer Dr Peter Magubane. The exhibition covers photographs taken from 1954 to 1994, covering historic moments in South Africa’s history. RSVP by the 11 February to reserve parking. Opens at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Rooke and van Wyk, Unit 21 Frost Street Lofts, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg, us@rookeandvanwyk.com
Just back from showing in Seattle, this exhibition by Justin Andrew Dingwall and Thando Hopa explores the counter-aesthetics of albinism via the typically mediated images of idealised beauty. Opens at 6pm. Viewing by appointment only thereafter.

Wednesday 19 February 2014

The AVA Gallery Auction
6-8 Vrede Street, Gardens, Cape Town, info@ava.co.za, 021 424 7436
Hosted by Provenance Auction House, works by 70+ contemporary South African artists will be featured as part of a benefit preview. Pre-plan your next investment while nibbling on gourmet canapés accompanied by a glass of complimentary Spier vino and leisurely contemplating the works of Jane Alexander, Claudette Schreuders and Jan-Henri Booyens, among others. Opens at 6.30pm.

Thursday 20 February 2014

Glass Escapes
Morningside Shopping Centre, corner of Rivonia and Outspan roads, Morningside info@morningsideshops.co.za
Until 23 February, a bespoke selection of handmade South African glassware will be available for purchase. From colourful stained glass and glass-fusion to mosaic work and painting on glass, the exhibition showcases an impressive variety of techniques and styles, all in support of the Valoyi Trust.

A Tour of the Ruins of Table View
Brundyn+Gonslaves, 21 Loop Street, Cape Town, 021 425 5150
Artist and lecturer Chad Rossouw will have a walkabout contemplating the anti-sublime, the Cape Town South Easter, ruins as allegory and the disappointed Romantic, among others, starting at 6pm. Space is limited so book to reserve your seat.

Third Thursdays
East City Cape Town, goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Following the great success of First Thursdays, Third Thursdays puts the East City on the map with various galleries, shops and eateries opening their doors until 9pm. Start off at the District Six Museum and move on up to Roeland, Harrington, Buitenkant and Canterbury streets.

Friday 21 February 2014

Design Indaba FilmFest 2014
Maiden’s Cove, Clifton (sports field positioned below Bungalow)
Until 23 February, you not only get a taste of the hottest collection of films dedicated to the many subcultures of creativity, but also a unique movie-going experience you will never forget. The first three films will be screened in an old-school drive-in style, with the ocean on one side and mountains on the other!

Saturday 22 February 2014

Silk-screening Workshop
Prints on Paper Workshop, Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown, Johannesburg
This two-day workshop teaches the basics of silk-screening. The workshop will cover various mono-printing techniques after which you will be able to experiment and have fun.

Life Drawing
Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown, Johannesburg
Improve your drawing skills by attending the life drawing workshops held on the last Saturday of every month. Learn from the masters and draw from life.

Away walkabout
Salon91, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, info@salon91.co.za
Artist Sarah Pratt tells you more about her latest exhibition, Away, in which she harnessed her travel experiences, both physical and psychological, to inform the nature of these works. 

Weylandts Warehouse Sale
Iscor Street, Bellville South
From 9am you are invited to scout and snatch up some of the best furniture at the best prices around.

Sunday 23 February 2014

Pop Up Winemakers Lunch
Goede Hoop Estate, Fischer’s Road, off the M23 Bottelary, 021 886 8275
Gastronauts and wine aficionados should sharpen their senses for an exclusive, intimate, unpretentious, feel-good, long-table family feast, which will include wine from fellow Bottelary Hills’ estates – Beyerskloof, Hartenberg, Kaapzicht and Mooiplaas. With only 48 seats at R275 per person available, book now to secure your spot, which includes a wine tasting, a four-course meal and a glass of wine per course.

Monday 24 February 2014

Design Indaba FilmFest 2014
The Castle of Good Hope, corner of Darling and Buitenkant streets, Cape Town
Until 2 March, see the next seven of this year’s 10 films, all never before seen on South African soil. They will be screened in Cape Town’s oldest surviving building – an al fresco style viewing experience with the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain.

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Shaping a Shared World
District Six Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, 021 469 1087
Until 15 March, a joint exhibition will showcase innovative works from two Higher Education Institutions – the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The work responds to the question: “How can we create the future we want?” With a collaborative arts, design and technology exhibition, they will unpack and explores the 10 megatrends towards 2020. 

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Design Indaba Conference
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town 
Until 2 March, the focus on international thought leadership has resulted in this event being one of South Africa’s leading design events. This year’s speaker line-up includes starchitect Thomas Heatherwick, the incomparable graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and SA’s literary superstar Lauren Beukes. Read more here.

Reuben’s Wine and Dine evenings
Reuben’s One&Only Cape Town, 021 431 4511, restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Forming part of a series of monthly five-course gourmet dinners throughout the year, expect superb food, wine and entertainment. Each event will highlight a different five-star rated wine farm, with the pairings perfected by sommelier Luvo Ntezo and Reuben himself. The cost is R350 per person and booking is recommended.

Wim Botha
Stevenson, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 462 1500
Until 5 April, artist Wim Botha will have a solo exhibition comprising three installations, each occupying an entire room. The show will be characterised by the complex interplay of traditional materials, such as marble, bronze, wood and oil paint, and ephemeral materials such as cardboard and polystyrene, which allow Wim to continue a recent turn in his work towards spontaneity, improvisation and coincidence.

Salon91, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, info@salon91.co.za
Until 22 March, Northern Californian artist Tahiti Pehrson will have his first solo exhibition in South Africa. Working in paper for nearly 15 years, his recent works explore the fragility and interconnectedness expressed by physical structures. Large-scale installations of geometrical hand-cut paper are layered into three-dimensional structures. Opening at 6.30pm. RSVP is preferred.

Four Walls Group Exhibition
34FineArt, Second Floor Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, 082 354 1500
Until 29 March, you will be able to see the works of street artist and filmmaker Mr Brainwash, famous Louis Vuitton designer Takashi Murakami, renowned local collage artist Asha Zero and, the youngest of the artists on show,Jade Doreen Waller who is scheduled for her first solo exhibition in London later this year.

Cape Town Creative Academy, Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 480 0400
From 2pm to 6pm is the first in this year’s series of free events for young people, aged 18 to 30 years, to engage with established creative industry professionals and arts practitioners. You will have the chance to hear from, and speak with, leading South African and international designers. Three emerging young designers will also pitch their problem-solving products or ideas to a panel of design experts and you the audience. Free but registration required.

Thursday 27 February 2014

Gauteng Homemakers Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Northriding, Johannesburg, 086 111 4663, info@homemakersonline.co.za
Until 2 March feast your eyes and be inspired by the trendiest home ideas and products around. With a theme of “Bold, Bright and Individual” and some 350 exhibitors, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.

Bouchard Finlayson Food and Wine Evening
The Oyster Box, Two Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, 031 514 5018
Juliet Urquart, the newly appointed sommelier, together with executive chef Kevin Joseph will guide you through an exquisite four-course dinner and a selection of fine Bouchard Finlayson wines. The cost is R420 per person at 7pm for 7.30pm.  

Friday 28 February 2014

Design Indaba Expo
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Until 2 March, prepare to be inspired by only the finest of home-grown design. From fashion to furniture, food to jewellery, stationery to decor, they’ve got it all. All proudly South African. Read more here.

Guild Design Fair
The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Until 9 March, South Africa’s first international design fair promises the world’s most beautiful, evocative and thought-provoking objects from the likes of Nacho Carbonell, the Haas Brothers, Rossana Orlandi and many more. Read more here

Cape Town Art Fair
BMW Pavilion, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, capetownartfair@fieramilano.co.za
Until 2 March, some of South Africa’s best contemporary art celebrating some of the country’s top artists and up-and-coming painters, sculptors, photographers and performance artists will be available for purchase – all with price tags below R50k! Read more here

Cape Tattoo Expo
Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town, allan@capetattooconvention.co.za
Until 2 March, you will be getting only the very best in global tattoo culture from the biggest lifestyle festival of its kind in Africa. With a great range of top local and international tattoo artists attending and a very exciting art and music programme, it promises to be an exhilarating weekend. 

Save the date

20 to 23 March
Decorex Durban
Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban

18 to 21 April
KAMERS: Easter in Johannesburg
The Forum Campus, Bryanston, Johannesburg 

30 March to 4 April
Light + Building
Frankfurt, Germany

10 to 11 May
Winter Sculpture Fair
NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind

28 May
Plascon 2014 Colour Design Awards deadline

7 July
Cobra Product Design Competition Deadline

3 August to 7 August
Architecture Otherwhere Durban 2014
37 Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Victoria Embankment, Durban

6 to 10 August
Decorex Johannesburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

25 to 28 August
Decorex Cape Town
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

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