Click here to download a PDF of the schedule and map.

Wed 26.11


Iziko SANG | opening

Unrest by Hasan and Husain Essop
(Standard Bank Young Artist Award Exhibition) 5.30 for 6 pm | Government Ave, Company Gardens

Recipients of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts, Hasan and Husain Essop present a new body of work titled Unrest at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition addresses the notion of global unrest through the particular lens of young Muslims living in Cape Town, and features the twins’ characteristic large-scale photographic prints, as well as sculptural installations and video works.

Thu 27.11

blank projects | opening

next thing you know | Group Exhibition
6 - 8 pm | 113 - 115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

Stevenson Gallery | opening

CHROMA | Group Exhibition
6 - 8 pm | Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery presents major photographs in the ongoing Structures series by David Goldblatt
6 - 8 pm | 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

South African Print Gallery | opening 

Reflecting: New Reduction Woodblock Prints by Joshua Miles 
5:30 for 6 pm | 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

Whatiftheworld Gallery | opening

Uncertain Times / Uncertain Terms
6 - 8 pm | 1 Argyle Str (Cnr of Argyle & Albert Rd), Woodstock

Lovell Urban @ Garagista Brewery | opening

Ghosts by Ralph Ziman
5 - 9 pm | 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock

SMAC Gallery | after party

Exhibitions by Dèlio Jasse and Johann Louw | Braai with music and drinks
7 pm - late | The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

Thursday Late: Woodstock

Explore the wealth of art exhibitions, cultural events, and retail stores of Woodstock after hours on Thursday Late, an event inspired and organised by First Thursdays. 
5 - 9 pm | Various venues, Woodstock

Everard Read Gallery | opening

36 Views of Table Mountain by Thomas Cartwright
Summer Season Part I | Group Exhibition
6 - 8 pm | 3 Portswood Road , V&A Waterfront

In a homage to Hokusai’s 36 views of Mount Fuji, which showed Mount Fuji from a wide array of perspectives, 36 views of Table Mountain marks Thomas Cartwright’s first solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town. Juxtaposing the urban infrastructures of the Mother City and this visual beacon Cartwright references 36 unique unexpected moments with simplicity and elegance.

Summer Season Part I, presents the first of two summer exhibitions looking at contemporary painting and sculpture from South Africa and Europe, showcasing new artworks established and emerging artists. Summer Season Part II will begin January 2015.

Fri 28.11

Ruth Prowse School of Art | opening

Graduate Show 2014
6 pm | 5 Elson Rd, Woodstock

The Ruth Prowse School of Art Graduate Show showcases the work of the Fine Art, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design and Photography students.

Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC offers an exciting range of part-time and full-time classes. The school has a vision to be a unique art school with a balance between tradition and innovation and strives for excellence in the field of visual communication with an inter-relationship between theory and practice. The School is a world class environment that motivates original thought, creativity, aesthetics, cross-cultural artistic and educational exchange together with vocational and entrepreneurial skills.


OPEN STUDIOS | opening

Full-time professional artists invite the public into their intimate studio spaces, offering the public an opportunity to speak directly to the artists about their creative process. 
6 - 9 pm | Various venues, Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory, CBD

Sat 29.11

 Southern Guild

Homecoming | gallery launch & opening
10am - 1 pm | Unit 1, 10-16 Lewin Street, Woodstock

‘Homecoming’ is the inaugural exhibition in Southern Guild’s new permanent gallery, and is a collection of South African contemporary collectible, limited-edition design from some of the country’s most important designers.

Art South Africa Gallery

Fortunes Remixed: a Bag Factory Artists' Studios traveling exhibition & walkabout
Exhibition | 10 am - 4 pm
Walkabout | 3 - 4 pm
Unit 2 Pals Parkade,  Cecil Rd, Salt River

Fortunes Remixed is an exhibition that reviews ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ as experienced by young South Africans in comparison with their elders. This exhibition considers South Africa’s journey, how we relate to it, and how we consider identity and our future as South Africans.

Participating artists include:
Penny Siopis, David Koloane, Pat Mautoa, Jessica Webster, Jarrett Erasmus, Burning Museum, Jo Voysey, Jessica Foli, Michelle Monareng, Pebofatso Mokoena, Zyma Amien and Igshaan Adams.


Full-time professional artists invite the public into their intimate studio spaces, offering the public an opportunity to speak directly to the artists about their creative process. 
10 am - 4 pm | Various venues, Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory, CBD


Sun 30.11


Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Pavillion

Defining the State of a Nation by Kudzanai Chuirai
4 - 6 pm | Bascule Bridge, North Wharf, V&A Waterfront (ferry transport between venues)

This major presentation of work by Kudzanai Chuirai—includingthe re-creation of his entire Documenta installation from Kassel Germany bought by Zeitz MOCAA to preserve it for the people of Africa—will take place in three parts, each exhibited for a month at the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion. Zeitz MOCAA has the largest collection of Kudzanai Chuirai in the world (63 artworks).

On the same day the relaunched Penny Ferry will transport guests to the Chavonnes Battery Museum for the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition on Mohau Modisakeng.

Chavonnes Battery Museum

Works by Mohau Modisakeng in partnership with Zeitz MOCAA
4 - 6 pm | Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront (ferry transport between venues)

This exhibition inaugurates an exciting partnership between the Chavonnes Battery Museum and Zeitz MOCAA. The Chavonnes Battery is the only place you can touch the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline that has been buried for 300 years. The partnership with Zeitz MOCAA will allow the Battery to act as a site for contemporary artists to create evocative engagements with site, space and time.

On the same day the relaunched V&A Penny Ferry will transport guests to the Kudzanai Chuirai exhibition at the Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion.

Mon 01.12

tue 02.12

AVA Gallery

The Handspring Puppet Company presents I Love You When You're Breathing 
6 for 6:30 pm | 35 Church St, CBD

With I Love You When You’re Breathing audiences have the unique opportunity of seeing a puppet deliver a meta-theatrical address to critics and the general public. Using comedy and generous amounts of self-reflexive humour this presentation gives insight into the behind-the-scenes life of a puppet, as an object in the world of international theatre. Often humorous and sometimes irreverent, the lecture looks at what it’s like to be inanimate while also considering the special role of the audience and its part in making meaning.


The New Church Museum | opening

Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart 
A group show of works from the Permanent Collection, curated by Marilyn Martin
6 - 8 pm | 102 New Church St, Tamboerskloof

This summer, The New Church Museum presents Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart, an exhibition of works from the permanent collection, engaging notions of abstract art.

The title, taken from Kevin Atkinson’s c.1976 painting, sums up the broad directions and possibilities of abstract art – cerebral, rigorous and calculated; visceral and expressionistic.

Considering abstraction in South African art is timely. Painting in general and abstraction in particular are being reconsidered and re-interpreted by longstanding practitioners, as well as a younger, dynamic generation.

Wed 03.12


David Krut Projects Cape Town | opening

Do Nothing
6 pm | Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands

David Krut Projects Cape Town is pleased to introduce Do Nothing, a group exhibition featuring works using diverse media, methodologies and apparatus, which come in an emotive meditation on the principle of Nature as our most useful template for universal subsistence. 

Featuring: Derek Gripper, Mischa Fritsch, Michael Amery, Bronwen Findlay, Lars Fischedick, William Kentridge, Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Sean Slemon, Diane Victor and Jeremy Wafer

Derek Gripper will also be presenting a talk and performance around his installation, Cassette Locale.

Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT

Graduate Exhibition 2014
6 pm | Hiddingh Campus, UCT
31 - 37 Orange St, Gardens

This year, the annual Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition is the biggest one yet!

The exhibition showcases the diverse work of 58 students at the culmination of both the Bachelor Degree in Fine Art and Post Graduate Diploma programs. The festive event draws a crowd of over 1000 art lovers to the University of Cape Town’s historic Hiddingh Campus. Exhibited in over 30 spaces, in multiple buildings spread across the campus, there is an exciting engagement with various media including Painting, Sculpture, Photography and New Media and Printmaking.Please join us at the opening for refreshments, and the chance to snap up the work of upcoming artists, on the cusp of their promising careers.

Thu 04.12

Iziko South African National Gallery

Meet The Maker | Ernestine White
3.30 - 4.30 pm | Government Ave, Company Gardens

Kick off the final First Thursdays of 2014 a bit early with Creative Cape Town for a special edition of Meet the Makers with Ernestine White.

Ernestine Whiteis the curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko Museums of South Africa National Gallery and an esteemed artist in her own right. She will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her work as a curator, discussing the details of her career and education as she enters the final stages of curating the Penny Siopis Retrospective.

Spaces are limited and RSVP is required. Email to secure your spot!

Brundyn+ | opening

For What it's Worth by Dillon Marsh & Group exhibition 
6 - 9 pm | First floor, ORO AFRICA Building, 170 Buitengracht St, CBD

Commune.1 | opening

Scintilla: an Alchemy Show features 20 artists whose work can be thought of as alchemic or magical in nature
6 - 9 pm | 64 Wale St, CBD

For Henri Bergson, the creative impulse or élan vital – pervasive throughout nature and human evolution – was the ‘mechanism’, spark or scintilla for the emergence of a more complex life. Practise-led and oriented towards intuitive connections, art reveals an encounter with the scintilla in whichever form or guise it may take. Through the creative act, the artist-as-alchemist combines raw materials with the epiphenomena of the artistic impulse, to manifest aesthetic forms of discovery and magic. In 'Scintilla: An Alchemy Show', a selection of young South African artists present inspired responses to this concept, a movement towards two further unknowns: the curated conversation with other works and to a shared experience with the viewing public.

Worldart | opening

Not by a witch: an exhibition of new paintings by Atang Tshikare 
6 - 9 pm | 54 Church St, CBD

Jnr | gallery launch & opening 

Mitchy by Mitchell Gilbert Messina
6 - 9 pm | 8 Spin St, Church Square, CBD

Please join us for the grand opening of Mitchell Gilbert Messina's first solo exhibition MITCHY.

The show marks the launch of Jnr  - a transitory contemporary gallery, promoting work which isn't boring. Refreshments will be served. Good times will be had.

First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month, explore the art galleries and cultural events of Cape Townís central city until late.
6 - 9 pm | Various venues, CBD


fri 05.12


Warren Editions

Open day and printmaking demonstration at Warren Editions, publisher and printer of handmade original fine art prints
10 am - 4 pm | Third Floor,  62 Roeland St, CBD

The studio is embarking on exciting large scale relief projects with Brett Murray and Peter Eastman. The process of carving and printing the woodblocks can be viewed alongside the printing of intensely worked hard ground etchings by Gerhard Marx. In September the studio started with a collaboration with Marx. This collaboration has strongly focused on putting soft ground and hard ground etching to the test; the matrices, prints and printing process will be on display. Also, the printers will be glad to engage and chat about projects on show as well as anything relating to printmaking.

Atlantic House | opening

Summer Shaaa: an exhibition by resident artists at Atlantic House
6:30 pm | 1 Perth Rd, Maitland

Sat 06.12

Guga S'thebe Art Centre

Video exhibition curated by Portia Malatjie &
My Body Is Not An Apology, a collaborative performance by Khanyisile Mbongwa, Thando Doni & Buhlebezwe Siwani

12 - 3 pm | Washington St, Langa (right turn off Bunga Ave at Fisherís Corner Cafe)

My body is not an apology is a collaboration between three artists who negotiate the limits and possibilities their bodies present. Critically engaging with the contested black body by using performance as a negotiation space for the disposable, dismembered and dis-embodied black body. Retracing and reenacting through movement, what the body remembers.

 Interrogating race, gender, identity and social perceptions – My body is not an apology grapples with the metaphysical dilemma presented by the aesthetic of being black and female / black and male and imagines ways to transcend – by negotiating that ‘dis-ease’ positionality of being a precarious body seen through poverty or violence porn.

Maboneng Arts Experience

Langa TAG (Township Art Galleries)

11 am - 4 pm | Various venues, Cnr Rubusana and Ndabeni, Langa

Since 2000, the Maboneng Township Arts Experience has been changing township homes into galleries, bringing together, empowering and inspiring communities and artists. The LANGA TAG takes you through the streets of Langa, a township steeped in history. On this gallery visit, you’ll be visiting 10 home galleries. Langa is one of the oldest townships in South Africa with the most amazing narrative. Who would have thought  that it would one day boast alternative spaces for high-end art?

Kwa Mlamli's

Talking Point - from performance to publishing:
a talk by Gugulective

4 pm | NY 146, Gugulethu