Exhibitions and Events

 



JOE'S SIRENS

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
This newspaper tapestry is currently on view at the gallery.

In this piece I have held in my mind the stories my mother’s father told, stories my mother repeated or embellished.

Visually, I have chosen to focus on the women in my grandfather’s life (his sirens or temptresses?) and to touch gently on the question of their roles as wives, mothers and daughters. How have they been affected by his life, his stories, and a fraught emotional family life?

Just after starting to weave this piece we went into lockdown and the strange new world of forced domestic existence and the fear of an unseen threat wormed its way into the practice of weaving. To make this more visceral I wove the numbers of the covid-19 infected and death rates into the tapestry as I worked. I became fascinated with how we have to number everything even our fears, quantify them, in the hope that this will give us some control.

 
 



OCCUPANTS OF THE INHABITED

Current 
Group Exhibition: The Old Manor House, Spier Wine Farm
Curated by Kefiloe Siwisa

An exhibition featuring leading South African artists, curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with Spier Arts Trust, currently on show at our Manor House.

Works by artists including Athi Patra-Ruga, Billie Zangewa, Thandiwe Msebenzi, and Igshaan Adams will be showcased for a year in this historic space, along with excerpts from interviews with some of the featured artists.

“In a sense, the selected artists become occupants, the building’s second skin,” explains Siwisa. “The works have been selected to challenge the Manor House’s spatial history, exploring and acknowledging the physical and psychological impact of colonial architecture and how it sits in this moment of postcolonial movement, making, and transformations.”

The works invite viewers to consider the complexities of heritage preservation, recent appropriations, and repurposing of colonial sites. Siwisa adds: “These works cannot be asked to heal the spirit of the place but rather they can bear witness to the weight of the past and carry new dialogues into the present.”

 

 



SOLO STUDIOS 2020

11 - 13 December 2020
Event: Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

Since its inception in 2016 Solo Studios has established itself as a premier art event through its unique core activity of inviting a limited number of aficionados into the intimate studio spaces of the renowned participating artists for one weekend. Complementary fringe activities and entertainment add to the experience, making it a not to be missed date on the arts calendar.

 



DESIGN MATTERS: ART OF THREAD

31 October - 30 November 2020 
Group Exhibition: Hermanus

An exhibition of work by  twenty thread artists curated by Dal Botha and 
held at the Fyn Atrs Gallery, Hermanus
 
The colourful, detailed and thought-provoking works address cultural, social and political issues and reflect the artists' experimentation with a wide range of materials and techniques. These invited artists prioritise aesthetic value and design above utility, with the result that their artworks communicate emotion and meaning. They achieve this through either the use of textiles only, or through textiles in combination with mixed media.

 



PINK

6 - 18 November 2020
Group Exhibition: Everard Read Gallery, FNB Art Joburg Online

The colour of candy-floss, flamingos, blossoms and lipgloss.
The colour of almost every toy in the “Girls” section of our stores.
The colour of optimism, rose-tinted glasses and innocence.
The colour of internal flesh.
The colour of protest.

Pink is powerful.
 

 
 



TIED BY TIME

23 November - 20 December 2019
Solo Exhibition: CIRCA, Johannesburg

Curatorial statement by Olga Speakes
 

 



TIED BY TIME - Open Studio 

27 October 2019 14:00-18:00
Riebeek West, Western Cape

To all those wonderful friends, family and generally amazing people who have given me so much support over the last four years, please come celebrate the completion of this tapestry before it leaves the studio in Riebeek West for exhibition in Johannesburg. 
 

 



SOLO STUDIOS 2019: INTIMATE ART ENCOUNTERS 

9 - 11 August 2019
Event: Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

Solo Studios was conceptualised to be an intimate, personal and exclusive art encounter that allows people the rare opportunity to meet acclaimed artists in their, otherwise, very private spaces.

 



FORWARD? FORWARD! FORWARD...

5 December 2018 - 30 April 2019
Group Exhibition: Stellenbosch University Museum
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen

The Stellenbosch University museum invites you to the opening of a group art exhibition addressing the future of Stellenbosch University and higher education in Africa.
“Forward? Forward! Forward..." is the result of an open call to artists earlier to propose artworks addressing the future of higher education, locally and in Africa, and re-imagining the future of Stellenbosch University.



STEALING BEAUTY

23 August - 7 October 2018
Solo Exhibition: Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Review by Robyn Sassen:
"Stolen beauty that gives back"

 



SOLO STUDIOS 2018: Intimate Art Encounters

9 - 12 August 2018
Event: Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

​Following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, Solo Studios has become an annual event on the South African arts calendar.

Hosted in and around the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, Solo Studios is a collaboration between artists, art curators and galleries based in the area, and has been created to provide an opportunity for art collectors to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art. Mostly private and reclusive, the artists invite the fraternity into their personal realm for a rare intimate encounter.

 



MATERIAL GAINS

26 July - 20 October 2018
Group Exhibition: Stellenbosch University Museaum

Material Gains showcases selected works from Spier’s diverse
collection of contemporary African art. Curated by Candice Allison,
it explores the concept of ‘material’ – denied as both intangible ideas and physical substance.
Woven through the exhibition is a common  interest in materiality and especially in concepts
and values attributed to materials, alternative mediums, and contemporary appropriation of
traditional techniques.
Created by artists from across the continent – including South Africa,

Zimbabwe, Malawi, Congo and Nigeria – these works span the
mediums of painting, photography, bead work, sculpture, crochet,
embroidery and found materials. Collectively, they represent and
celebrate the ‘material gains’ which have positively impacted the
stability and sustainability of Africa’s visual arts.

 



SOLO STUDIOS: Intimate Art Encounters

11-13 August 2017
Event: Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

​16 Artists' Studios • 5 Group Exhibitions • 10 Authors • 5 Photographers all resident in the Riebeek Valley.

Following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, Solo Studios returns to the Riebeek Valley. Pre-booking essential. 

 



THE SOLO STUDIOS LINOCUT PROJECT 


An initiative of seven artists participating in the annual Solo Studios event in the Riebeek Valley.

It is a collaborative fundraising project with each artist producing a limited edition of 15 relief prints (linocut or woodcut), presented in limited edition bespoke boxes and accompanied by a catalogue.

 



WOMEN'S WORK: CRAFTING STORIES, SUBVERTING NARRATIVES


1 December 2016 - 30 April 2017
Group Exhibition: iZiko South African National Gallery

The past and present intersect as contemporary South African artists blur the boundaries between art, craft and gendered spaces.