Notes From An Ocean

By Richard Kilpert “Indigo Waves and Other Stories .  Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora” On at Zeitz MOCAA until January 2023 I could smell this exhibition even before it opened. Thania Petersen was installing 1000s of teabags on a wall and the aroma of Indian Ocean tea leaves plantations filled the building. Two …

A taste of London’s summer exhibitions

By Kate Briggs Our family trip to the UK was one way to feel warm this South African winter! Galleries gave great respite both physically and psychologically. In London we focused on main museums and public galleries, especially they appealed most to my two teenagers, Anna and Oli. (London’s Goodman Gallery, Everard Read, Damian Hirst’s …

Milking our Dreams 

By Tamlyn Martin What a privilege it was to attend this year’s Venice Biennale. Best of all, I got to visit with my wonderful Italian exchange student from Cape Town, who lives nearby and knows his way around the floating city. The show is elegantly tilted “The Milk of Our Dreams” after a book by surrealist …

National Arts Festival

By Craig Barrowman Having grown up in the Eastern Cape, I have many nostalgic memories of the National Arts Festival.After a long absence, I returned in 2014 and 2016 with an open mind, trying not to have highexpectations, but was blown away both times with the quality of shows and the general experience.Having planned to …

Open studios – JHB

By Carol Brown – Curate.a.Space After 2 years of low-key activity the Meta Foundation opened its doors to showcase the results of over 100 artists at the last weekend of May. What a triumphant return it was. The 2 days were over subscribed and I can’t think of a single event held recently which had …

Constitutional Art

By Sarah Barret – Joburg 360 When the interior design of the new Constitutional Court budget was made available, Justice Albie Sachs and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, spent the entire budget on one artwork; a splendid tapestry called ‘Humanity’ by Joseph Ndlovo. Their cap-in-hand request for more money was met with a stern ‘No’, and so …

Conversation with Scott Eric Williams

By Talita Swarts On the 1st of June I attended the exhibition ‘Salon Afrique – a Homecoming Reimagined’ curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker and Sara Bint Moneer Khan for the reopening of the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre’s cultural venue. The exhibition explored themes of visibility, a safe passage and creating a homecoming away from …

Magic and memories

By Kate Crane Briggs With autumn in Cape Town, comes rain and shine – unpredictable weather. So a great time to pop into galleries and museums. There is so much art in Cape Town – great quality, variety and accessibility. I got a call last week, “help, client just arrived – scheduled to go up …