July 2013 diary

July is traditionally the coldest month and we’ll be looking for any excuse to wear our tallest boots and warmest coats. Here’s the exhibitions, feasts, parties and launches to be and be seen at this month. 


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 and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs and micro enterprises – not to forget the designers. Get there early for parking!

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
73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Every Saturday, rain or shine, 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 Maboneng Precinct.

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.

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. 

The Cape Town Triennials
La Motte Museum, R45 Franschoek, 021 876 8000

La Motte is very excited to announce the new contemporary exhibition in the La Motte Museum to be a selection of the very well-known and often-debated Cape Town Triennials, the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary South African art for its time, from 1982 to 1992. The exhibition will be on display indefinitely. 

3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman
Cape Town Diamond Museum, Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront, 021 421 2488 

Drop in at this museum, which has recently added a magnificent new artefact to its collection of rare and precious stones. The 3 Billion Year Old Portrait of a Woman shows a naturally formed silhouette of a woman’s head.

Just Above the Mantlepiece
Artspace JHB, 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Rosebank, 011 880 8802

In this solo exhibition, Karin Preller returns to still life with paintings that speak of collection and display; of dialogues unexpectedly set up by an idiosyncratic collection of objects. The exhibition runs until 3 July.

Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
NIROXprojects, Arts On Main, 249 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 072 350 4326

Ann-Marie Tully’s art and research practive is concerned with the lives of animals, the relation of the human to the non-human, and the representation of animal beings. The exhibition opens at noon and runs until 3 July.

2013 Ways To Do Public Art
Second floor, City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town

An exhibition examining what forms public art can take will runs until 6 July. A programme of walkabouts, seminars and discussions complements the exhibition.

Litmus Skin
artSPACE Durban, 3 Millar Road, Durban, South Africa, 031 312 0793

Painter Bernice Stott is inspired by a series of photographs evoking a childhood that seems mixed with horror and delights. Billy Bruce is also presenting a solo show. Until 6 July.

Save It Till the Morning After
Blank Projects, 113 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, 021 462 4276

Jan-Henri Booyens’s solo show, Save It Till the Morning After, continues his exploration of the shifts between the representational and abstract. The exhibition runs until 6 July.

Pattern Language
Whatiftheworld, 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, 021 802 3111

Rodan Kane Hart’s shows optically delusional sculptures and installations in his Pattern Language exhibition. Until 6 July. Read our article about Rodan here.

Pretend Pretend
Culture Gallery, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 447 3533

A collection of new works on canvas by cartoon-style pop artist Frank van Reenen shows until 6 July.

MALICE Aforethought
SMAC Gallery, corner of Buitengracht and Buitensingel streets, Cape Town, 021 422 5100

This exhibition of subtly dramatic, timeless and moody paintings by Kate Gottens shows until 6 July. Her imagery oscillates between a dream world and reality where places and figures emerge from and seep back into the canvases.

National Arts Festival
Various venues, Grahamstown

Until Sunday 7 July, one of the most significant events on South Africa’s creative calendar, the National Arts Festival will again see a plethora of drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art, film, students, lectures, craft and workshops saturate the quaint little Eastern Cape dorpie. Get the blow-by-blow programme by downloading their daily diary here.

Sojourn: Landscapes from Southern Africa 2007 to 2012
Alumni Gallery, Albany History Museum, Somerset Street, Grahamstown, b.meistre@gmail.com

Until 7 July, during the National Arts Festival, photographer and filmmaker Brent Meistre shows some 30 of his abstract photographs of landscapes taken in the remotest areas of South African over the past six years.

Will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Grahamstown Gallery, Albany History Museum, Somerset Street

Wilma Cruise’s new exhibition of ceramic sculptureis the fourth exhibition in The Alice in Wonderland Sequence. Until 10 July.

Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Knysna, Western Cape, 044 382 5510 

Until 7 July indulge in the delicacy of choice for gourmands, romantics and those who appreciate the finer things in life. Festival-goers can sample oysters – cooked and au natural – at designated Oyster Hotspot restaurants in Knysna at fantastic prices.

Photo Workshop Gallery, 2 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 011 834 1444

Sidetracks is an exhibition that presents two very different family-owned photographic collections. Until 10 July.

Changing Faces
Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands, 021 671 1666

Profiling portraits in South Africa, this exhibition is a forensic deconstruction of the genre. “As with all traditions, the incarnation of portraiture – and its currency – is always dependent on the partiality of the perspective in which we view the world and ourselves, circumscribed by the times in which we live,” reads the invitation. The opening is at 6pm and the exhibition runs until 11 July.

Be Careful in the Working Radius
David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, 011 447 0627

Until 13 July, Stephen Hobbs’s highly conceptual and multi-disciplinary creative enquiry looks to the city as a tool for understanding the complexities, contradictions and potentialities inherent in the relationships between people and the built environment. We love the limited-edition artist’s pop-up book that functions as the binding work of the exhibition.

Abstract Stories
A Word of Art, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town, 072 226 9815

Until 14 July, Abstract Stories is a collaborative exhibition by emerging local and international artists. Each artist has a story to tell and gives and abstract depiction of life as seen through their eyes. 

Le Monde and Even If You Fall From A Circle
Stevenson, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, 021 462 1500

Meshac Gaba shows work from the recent Benin Biennale as well as a seemingly child-like installation with a violent subtext. Dineo Seshee Bopape‘s surreal juxtapositions prevail in her video work. Until 20 July.

Fine & Raw Chocolate Pop-up Shop
Made In Maboneng Temporium, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town, 021 447 6645

Until 28 July indulge in raw chocolate, which is revered for its creaminess, possibility and ecology. Crafted using conscious ingredients with low-heat techniques to keep raw vitality, it is cunningly absent of refined sugar, dairy and additives. Nom nom!

Winter Hues and Blues
Art in the Forest, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, 021 794 0291

Running until 1 August, this ceramics exhibition shows a range of artists’ interpretation of blue.

1969 and Tom Waits for No Man
Grande Provence Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek, 021 876 8600

Until 28 August, David Brits’s second solo exhibition, 1969, shows in the Project Room. The group show arranged by Gordon Froud, Tom Waits for No Man, runs concurrently in the main gallery.

A Glimpse: Dress and Fashion in Africa
Mogalakwena Craft Art Gallery, 3 Church Street, between Adderly Street and St George’s Mall, Cape Town

Until 19 December 2013, this exhibition showcases African dress and fashion influenced by history, and art inspired by dress and fashion. It provides an overview of the variety, fusion and combination of styles as well as clothing traditions of the continent. A series of hand-embroidered self-portraits by Mogalakwena craft artists in their favourite “diaparo” are on display, as well as a collection of Vlisco fabrics – read more about Vlisco fabrics here.

Monday 1 July 2013

WDC2014 Second Call for Submissions
Cape Town, info@wdccapetown2014.com

Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 first call for submissions drew 572 entries that were filtered down, by 39 curators over 10 weeks, to 230 shortlisted projects. From 1 to 31 July is your second chance to submit a project and the results will be published on 31 October 2013. 

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Sasol New Signatures art competition deadline
Association of Arts Pretoria, 012 346 3100, artspta@mweb.co.za

On 2 and 3 July, several venues around the country will be accepting entries into the the longest running national art competition in South Africa. The competition winner will receive R60 000 in cash, as well as the unique opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. The runner up will receive a cash prize of R20 000 and the five merit winners will each be awarded R5000.

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Born free or free fall?
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, New Church and Victoria streets, Tamboerskloof, 011 726 5529

Dion Chang presentes the 2030 Youth Report, featuring trends, predictions and statistics about the youth of South Africa. Book now.

Thursday 4 July 2013

First Thursdays
Central Cape Town, see map for route, goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za

Don’t miss this month’s First Thursday event, where various galleries in central Cape Town open their doors from 7pm to 9pm and the city becomes a museum like no other. 

Brundyn + Gonsalves, 71 Loop Street, Cape Town, 021 424 5150

Starcke/Skillen/Babb is a collaboration between composer and musician Maxim Starcke, percussionist Ronan Skillen and artist Ed Babb. The trio will be performing two sets in the gallery’s downstairs space during the course of First Thursdays.

Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 011 788 4805

From 4 to 29 July, sculptor and painter Lionel Smit presents a solo exhibition of his burgeoning body of work.

Friday 5 July 2013

Deadline for the Cobra Design Competition
Cobra Watertech, design@cobrawatertech.co.za 

R90 000 worth of prizes are up for grabs in this tap ware design competition, open to students, professionals and institutions.

Saturday 6 July 2013

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.

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 food and design locavores. On 6 July, the Designgoods part of the market is having a sale. So get there early for up to 50% off jewellery, fashion, decor and such.

The Agents of the 3D Revolution
FADA Auditorium, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

How will 3D printing shape your future? The Agents of the 3D Revolution is seminar organised by South African and UK designers, researchers and entrepreneurs to enlighten professionals on what is happening at the cutting-edge of design for 3D printing. From 9am to 5pm, entrance is free but registration essential. An exhibition open to the general public runs until Monday 22 July. Read our overview of the state of 3D printing

Persephone’s Tears, Water Element
Artspace Gallery, 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 011 880 8802

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Judy Woodborne opens at 11am and runs until 3 August. Judy interpreted the elements of earth, fire, air and water in this series of paintings.

Scratching the Soil
ROOM, 70 Juta Precinct, Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 011 074 4944

Eduardo Cachucho’s Scratching the Soil examines the creation and propagation of education models and law systems imposed by the British Empire over its colonies. Until 6 July, when there is also an artist walkabout at 11am.

Sunday 7 July 2013

The Rooftop, 3 Desmond Street, Kramerville

From 10am to 4pm, Collective is a collaboration of local and international design, jewellery, vintage collections, ceramics, fabric, furniture, accessories and all beautful things. Read our interview with founder Catherine Corry here.

Monday 8 July 2013

The Shoestring Collective
Gardens Centre, Mill St, Cape Town, theshoestringcollective@gmail.com

From 8 July to 11 August, the Shoestring Collective is a South African designer goods shop that will be stocked and run by 16 local designers who all make different products including fashion, accessories, homeware and more. Each designer has curated their own space within the shop, including Lauren Fowler, Oh Dear Megan, Dark Horse, Sera Holland and others. 

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Simon Stone Retrospective
Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets, Johannesburg, 011 631 4467

Over a prolific career, Simon Stone has built an impressive reputation as a painter that identifies him as unique among other South African painters. Best described as a lyrical and narrative Neo-Expressionist, Simon is renowned for his various stylistic approaches, such as natural realism and symbolic collage. Until 14 September. 

Urban Stage
Goethe Institute Johannesburg, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, 011 442 3232

Visual artist Tanja Deman and architect Lorenzo Nassimbeni are giving a lecture together in which they present recent works from their current individual practices thus creating a platform for interdisciplinary discussion. The discussion will be chaired by Sarah Calburn. At 6pm for 6:30pm.

Cityscapes Live
Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town

The launch of photographer Jason Larkin’s book, After the Mines, published by Fourthwall Books. From 5.20pm to 8pm, Jason will be in conversation with Sean O’Toole, editor of Cityscapes.

Thursday 11 July 2013

JesseJames Launch
Everybody Love Everybody, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

The hip young design studio will be launching their new website, online shop and products at 6pm. Wine will be sponsored by Green Shebeen and there will be a lucky draw to win one of the timeworn JesseJames Camo clocks – we want one!

Greatmore Studios
47 to 49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, 021 447 9699

As inspiration for the World Design Capital 2014’s call for submissions, independent arts writer Alexandra Dodd will give a visual tour of public art projects that have reinvented the moment locally and internationally. Starts at 6pm.

Saturday 13 July 2013

Franschhoek Bastille festival
Franschhoek, Western Cape, 021 876 2861

Dust off your berets, pull on your boots, dress up in your finest red, white and blue, and head out to SA’s leading wine and culinary destination for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, now in its 20th year, which takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July.

Lomo Walk
Lomography Embassy, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, 011 403 0302

Take a wander through the city with other film junkies. Starts at 9:30am. R180 to rent a camera or R150 if you bring your own Lomo. Please RSVP.

Thursday 18 July 2013

GIfA Mandela Day
Montessori School, Putfontein, 011 403 0954

The Gauteng Institute for Architecture are assisting the school with an extended master plan and, as part of their 67 minutes, are going to plant a vegetable garden. Get involved with this project by RSVPing here.

The Showcase
Truth HQ, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

A mini music video festival, featuring the likes of A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, starts at 7pm for 8pm. Treat your eyeballs and your tastebuds as you sip on a glass of Disaronno liqueur from Italy.  

A Word of Art, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town, 072 226 9815

Filmmaker Bryan Little and creative director Conn Bertish explore themes of evolution, gentrification, obsessive quests, misfits and outsiders in this multi-media exhibition. The opening is at 7pm and the exhibition runs until 31 August.

Fulcrum Study and First Time
Blank Projects, 113 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, 021 462 4276

Sculptor and photographer Nico Krijno presents Fulcrum Study, which explores the tension between the everyday and the mundane. Painter Kerry Chaloner questions the masculine assumptions of abstract painting in her exhibition, First Time. The opening is at 6pm and the exhibitions run until 17 August. 

Friday 19 July 2013

Soetes and Soup
Du Toitskloof Cellar, R101, Rawsonville, 023 349 1601

When the winter chill settles in the Boland nothing satisfies your need for comfort food better than a hearty bowl of soup. Add to this a glass of Muscadel or Hanepoot and you have the perfect start to warming-up this winter. Join Du Toitskloof Wines at the annual Soetes and Soup on 19 and 20 July for a delightful day in the Breedekloof Valley. Purchase a pass for R50 at any of the participating wineries in the Breedekloof valley and you will receive free entry and a complimentary steaming cup of soup at every winery you visit as well as a wine glass and enamel mug.

Saturday 20 July 2013

Farmer Angus Harvest Lunch
Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100, reservations@spier.co.za

Join Spier’s biodynamic farmer for an ethical winter harvest feast prepared by Eight Restaurant’s Chef Lolli. A three-course lunch will be served from 1pm for R295. The food is paired with wine or grape juice.

Bicycle Portraits book launch
Window, 44 Stanley, Milpark, Johannesburg

The critically acclaimed Bicycle Portraits book by Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler will be launched in Johannesburg with an exhibition and city bike ride starting at 10am. The ride includes a stop at Father Coffee in Braamfontein and Maverick Corner in Maboneng. The exhibition shows until 10 August. 

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Erdmann Contemporary, 63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, 021 422 2762

This solo exhibition and sound installation by Espen Krukhaug explores the realm of insomnia. The exhibition opens at 6pm, there is a walkabout with the artist on Thursday 25 July at 11am and the exhibition closes on 17 August.

Thursday 25 July 2013

PE Homemakers Expo
Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre, Port Elizabeth, 041 373 6616

The 2013 Port Elizabeth Algoa FM Homemakers Expo runs from Thursday from 25 to Sunday 28 July. It will once again offer a plethora of essentials to improve, renovate and decorate your home.  

Friday 26 July 2013

Pick’n’Pay Taste of Durban
Suncoast Casino, Suncoast Boulevard Marine Parade, Durban

From 26 to 28 July, chefs from nine of Durban’s most fabulous restaurants will create special menus of starter-sized signature dishes designed to reflect their individual philosophies and showcase Durban’s premium seasonal ingredients.

Saturday 27 July 2013

3D Printing Workshop
Studio 18, Arts On Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 011 056 4183

From using Sketchup software and preparing drawings, to different types of 3D printers and the applications for your business, get hands-on with the latest industry trend from 10am to 3pm. Cost is R350 and places limited, so booking advised.

Sunday 28 July 2013

Art Is Design Is Art
Tina Skukan Gallery, Plot 6 Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, 012 991 1733

An exhibition of functional art by Dahla Hulme opens at 11:30. Until 22 August.

Save the date…

Wednesday 6 August to to Friday 8 August

Creative Currencies: Accessing Opportunities in an Expanding Marketplace
UJ Arts Centre, Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg

Thursday 7 August to Sunday 11 August

Decorex Joburg
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Thursday 7 August to Wednesday 28 August

Thinking Design: UJ Department of INdustrial Design Alumni Exhibition
FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Friday 8 August to Sunday 11 August

The Good Food and Wine Show Durban
Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban

Thursday 15 August

Infecting the City call for applications deadline

Friday 16 August

Joburg Art Fair Fringe submission deadline

Wednesday 21 August to Saturday 31 August

Open Design Cape Town
Various venues, Cape Town

Friday 30 August

Ashanti Auditions jewellery design competition deadline

Friday 6 September

PPC Cement Young Concrete Sculptor Awards deadline

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September

The International Quilt Convention Africa
Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg

Saturday 7 September to Wednesday 11 September

Open Book Festival
Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town, 021 462 2425

Saturday 21 September to Monday 24 September

The Good Food and Wine Show Johannesburg
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Friday 27 September to Sunday 29 September

FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre

Thursday 3 October to Sunday 6 October

Woodlands Conference and Function Venue, Bloemfontein

Sunday 6 October to Wednesday 9 October

African Creative Economy Conference
Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town, 021 674 0013

Friday 13 September to Friday 11 October

Secret Dinners
Various venues, Cape Town

Wednesday 16 October to Friday 18 October

Green Building Council Convention
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, 021 680 9568

Wednesday 16 October to Sunday 27 October

Out In Africa Film Festival
Various venues, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Friday 25 to Saturday 26 October

Spier Secret Festival
Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, 021 809 1100, reservations@spier.co.za

Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November

Mohair Summit

Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3 November

Photo and Film Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg

Tuesday 5 November to Sunday 10 November

Webersburg Estate, Boland

Tuesday 3 December to Sunday 8 December

Open Window @Sax, Southdowns, Irene

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