Goodman Gallery 

The Goodman Gallery is one of Joburg's most well known and recognisable art galleries. Situated along the Jan Smuts Art Mile, this contemporary African gallery hosts some of the country's greatest artists and thinkers at its events and exhibitions. Under level 3 lockdown regulations, the gallery will be open to the public by appointment only on weekdays from 09:00 - 17:00 and on weekends from 09:00 - 16:00. Book yourself a slot on the gallery's website or contact them via email at [email protected]

Address: 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Stevenson Gallery 

If it's cutting-edge contemporary artistry you're after, look no further than the Stevenson Gallery. With spaces located in Parktown North, Cape Town and Amsterdam, this art house brings together local artists with the best curators from across the world. In level lockdown, the Stevenson's Johannesburg space is open to the public via appointment only. Email them on [email protected] to schedule a visit between 09:00 - 17:00 on Monday to Friday or between 10:00 - 13:00 on Saturdays.

Address: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.

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Stevenson Gallery
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi 'Gymnasium' (2020)

Everard Read Gallery 

The Everard Read Gallery is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. Situated along Keyes Arts Mile in Rosebank, it welcomes thousands of visitors a year to exhibitions, events and workshops. However in level 3 lockdown, operations at the gallery and its adjoining venues at the spectacular CIRCA building will be somewhat different. You will now have to book your visit to the gallery via email to ensure that all health and safety protocols may be prepared before your arrival. The gallery is now open on weekdays between 09:00 - 16:00. You can also call them on 011 788 4805 to consult with a curator or artist from your home.

Address: 2 and 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Melrose Gallery 

The Melrose Gallery is one of our favourite art galleries in the city. Here you will find an unexpected display of modern Pan-African art and sculpture from the likes of Dr Willie Bester, Dr Esther Mahlangu and Pitika Ntuli. Pop by on your way through the Melrose Arch Precinct for a good dose of arts and culture. The Melrose Gallery is open in level 3 lockdown on Monday to Saturday between 09:00 - 18:00 and on Sundays between 09:00 - 16:00.

Address: 10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

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Victoria Yards Artist Studios

While not strictly an art gallery, Victoria Yards certainly offers a diverse array of fine art, sculpture, crafts and bespoke design from their on-site artists. Make a trip to visit their artist studios and stores in level 3 lockdown to find your next custom art or furniture piece. Foakes Coffee is also open, so you can grab a cuppa along your way through the Yards. You needn't make an appointment, but you must comply with COVID-19 health and safety precautions at all times.

Address: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

Not quite ready to venture out into the city? Check out these virtual art exhibitions being hosted by Joburg's top art galleries.

UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park. The division works year round to produce world-class student theatre productions, art exhibitions and entertainment festivals. Their Arts Centre is also home to the award-winning UJ Choir, the annual UJ Weekend of Jazz Festival and various comedy show features in association with Goliath & Goliath. The UJ Arts Centre boasts three venues, which welcome students, parents and art lovers of all kinds to come and experience cutting-edge theatre, art, opera and installation performances.

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the centre has suspended all activity and has postponed their scheduled events until public gatherings are once again allowed, disappointing ticket holders and loyal patrons. Moreover, for students sponsored by the UJ FADA Dean’s Bursary Fund, this will be devastating. The Dean's annual concert of opera and singing sponsors these students in part, offering them the chance to continue their studies unhindered by financial burdens. The 2020 Grand Night For Singing event was meant to take place on Saturday, 18 April 2020.

In its place, UJ Arts & Culture presents, 'SILENCE: A Grand Night for Nothing', which marks the absence of UJ’s annual Dean’s Concert and kicks off a week-long lineup of un-events - "un-theatre, un-dance, non-exhibitions, non-workshops and a smorgasbord of nothing."

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UNFESTIVAL SA 

On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, UJ Arts & Culture announced its all new 'counter intuitive', 'COVID-19 response' UNFESTIVAL programme. A tongue-in-cheek take on what it means to both produce and consume art in these times, the UNFESTIVAL is about "mourning for many of the things we love, of which the pandemic has robbed us," says Pieter Jacobs, Head of UJ Arts & Culture. "By its very nature, a festival of nothing makes no sense. Festivals are celebrations of traditions, cultures and things we love. But COVID-19 came and turned everything on its head."

Indeed, UJ Arts & Culture has embraced this 'new normal' by creating a week-long festival of 'un-events'. While many arts organisations are turning towards digital solutions to bring art to the masses, the UNFESTIVAL does the opposite. However, it does address the absurdity of the current moment, calling out those trying to 'make sense of things', in a world where very little makes sense. That's why instead of turning to digital solutions for their work to keep you entertained at home, UJ Arts & Culture are asking would be audiences to purchase tickets to a series of non-happenings, in aid of the Dean's Bursary Fund and Business and Arts South Africa’s (BASA) artist relief efforts.

Jacobs announced, "Fifty per cent of UNFESTIVAL SA’s proceeds will be distributed to needy students via the UJ FADA Dean's Bursary Fund, which provides support for academically deserving students, and presents an opportunity for the public to give hope to the academic journey of the youth. The balance of 50% will be distributed via BASA's Supporting Grants programme, which now offers artists and creative practitioners once-off, short-term financial aid for COVID-19-related medical care or to offset the loss of income due to the cancellation of confirmed engagements."

Why Not Host A Real Digital Festival?

In case you weren't aware, thousands of South African artists face dire circumstances in light of the national lockdown. Government has done very little to aid artists who will be out of work for months to come as theatre productions, art exhibitions, film shoots and most other public events have been halted. Showing our support to hard-working artists is vital, especially since many of us have made it through lockdown thanks to their creative output. Just think about how many books, films, television shows and live streaming events you have watched during this time. How much of the content you have consumed was made free by the artists?

The UJ Arts & Culture UNFESTIVAL addresses these issues and many more, simply by not existing. Show your support by purchasing a ticket to any one of the nine 'un-events', but please don't actually come. You'll be sorely disappointed and very much alone. You'll also be in violation of lockdown, so rather stay home.

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For More Information

The UJ Arts & Culture UNFESTIVAL takes place from Tuesday, 26 May 2020 - Saturday, 06 June 2020. Visit www.arts.uj.ac.za or www.basa.co.za for full programme details. Bookings open on Thursday, 21 May 2020.

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Contact them on 011 559 4674 or via email at [email protected].

11 Days Of Amazing For All

The National Arts Festival supports thousands of artists each year, drawing hordes of spectators from around the country, including eager Joburgers who make the 969 km pilgrimage to Makhanda to see the very best in theatre, dance, music and visual art. Over the 11 days of the festival, the usually quiet town of Makhanda is turned into a bustling arts hub. The festival culminates in a spectacular parade presented by city locals, many of whom rely on tourism to make ends meet. Similarly, hard-working artists depend on the festival to generate an income through selling tickets, getting their work seen and talked about locally and internationally and networking with their peers.

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DEURnis – Droom / Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht

The First-Ever Virtual National Arts Festival

On Tuesday, 17 March 2020, CEO of the National Arts Festival, Monica Newtown announced big news regarding the 2020 festival. Although the event was scheduled to take place between late June and early July, by which time the national lockdown may be over, the NAF needed a contingency plan in place to ensure that their programme could continue unhindered. More importantly, the organisation and its sponsors seek to continue their support of artists and local audiences who may be unable to travel to Makhanda due to travel bans. 

"Going virtual will mean that the Festival can continue to support artists and the arts in 2020, by presenting work within a digital space. This way we can share some magic and hope with those who may still be confined to their homes. An opportunity to connect when we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another," Newtown said.

Therefore, after much deliberation, the NAF stakeholders have decided to embrace modern technology to present the first-ever virtual National Arts Festival!

The move to virtual performances and exhibitions is not a novel idea. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide; artists, museums, galleries and theatres have used digital media to spread a little light and positivity. By sharing their gifts and talents, artists are providing much-needed hope, bringing people together in this dire time of need. This is precisely the goal of the NAF with their move to digital platforms. CEO Monica Newtown said, "Our commitment to the arts remains steadfast and we invite you to take this journey with us."

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How Will The Festival Be Presented Online?

Over the last few weeks, the NAF team have been hard at work to finalise their new digital format. After being inundated with questions from prospective audiences and artists about how the festival is going to play out this year, they compiled a Q&A list, to answer your most burning questions. Here's all you need to know about NAF 2020 and how you can experience it:

Digital Platforms

In essence, NAF 2020 will be modelled on the physical festival, only without the necessity of travelling to Makhanda. The organisers are looking into various online platforms to bring you at least 90% of the original lineup, albeit re-imagined for digital spaces and interactions. As such, the festival will most likely be broadcast from the NAF website, social media channels and possibly television stations.

Ticketing Options

The aim of the virtual NAF is first and foremost to ensure that its artists can generate some kind of revenue for their work. So, like the physical festival, you will have to pay to access some shows, while others will be free to view. You will be able to purchase virtual tickets via online payment methods, ‘click to give’, crowdfunding and digital auctions. Ultimately, the idea is for audiences to browse the online programme and buy single day or festival packages, allowing them to view the new content that will appear each day.

Programme

NAF 2020 looks to be a combination of pre-recorded and live streaming events. There won’t be a 'Main' programme and a 'Fringe' as there usually is. Rather, this will be a curated platform which will traverse the South African and international digital art scene. It is not going to be only filmed productions (although there will be some of those), but rather a re-imagining of various art forms for digital platforms. This may comprise virtual exhibitions, augmented reality theatre shows, studio jam sessions, podcasts and live-streamed debates, animated versions of stage plays, dance clips, gaming, film, music and more.

Village Green

Local traders and craftspeople will also be supported via the Standard Bank Village Green market online and the 'Virtual Green' which will showcase the beautiful work of these local vendors.

Sirqus Alfon’s I Am Somebody at the 2019 National Arts Festival / Mark Wessels

For More Information

The official lineup for the 2020 Makhanda National Arts Festival is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on their social media channels for updates:

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You can also visit their website for more information or contact them via email at [email protected]

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What Is It?

Standard Bank Arts presents a new exhibition by David Koloane titled A Resilient VisionaryCurated by Thembinkosi Goniwe, this is not to be missed. Based on his experiences living and working in the city of Johannesburg, David Koloane's new body of work is open to interpretation. Offering you the chance to ascertain your own meaning from these works, Standard Bank Arts will host this exhibition until December. See it as soon as you can!

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Thursday, 14 November 2019. It runs until Friday, 06 December 2019.

Where Is It?

Standard Bank Art Gallery, Corner Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free entrance.

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First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a free-to-attend event which takes place all over the city on the first Thursday night of each month, bringing together art galleries, restaurants and retail spaces to liven up the last half of your week. Explore your city on foot or hop from one venue to the next, uncovering all the sights and sounds that Joburg has to offer. There is no set tour or guided walk, only the freedom to do as you please (until 21:00 at least).

The First Thursdays platform is dedicated to helping you find the most awesome events in the city. Hosting seasonal First Thursday events in Braamfontein, Rosebank and beyond, they offer you a list of only the coolest hangouts in the city. Their Summer 2020 programme officially kicked off on Thursday, 02 January, but there is still loads to come. Here are our top picks for the upcoming First Thursdays February edition.

Arts & Culture

Joburg's galleries come alive on First Thursdays. From the WITS Art Museum and Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein, to the famous Jan Smuts art mile and Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, there is a gallery open to suit any taste in art and sculpture. If you have never visited the city's galleries by night, then this summer is the ideal time to do so. With the warm summer breeze and the glow of city lights, it is the perfect romantic outing during the month of love.

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The Goodman Gallery presents two highly-anticipated exhibitions this February. Come by on the first Thursday of February to engage with the art of photography through the lenses of two of South Africa's most prolific artists.

Bôna is a selection of photographic work by the late Thabiso Sekgala. This is the first exhibition of his work at the Goodman Gallery since his passing in 2014.

Brett Charles Seiler's Closet takes a historic look into gay culture and the gay liberation movement. Tinged with a sense of nostalgia for bygone times, this exhibition tells a story through poetic snapshots of a time before gay liberation in society.

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Another Jan Smuts Avenue art house, David Krut Projects, stays open late on the first Thursday of the month. Welcoming in guests to marvel at their printmaking workshop, gallery and bookstore. This is the perfect hangout for academics and deep thinkers.

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David Krut Projects

The Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue is the place to be on First Thursdays. With the SMAC Gallery and TMRW Gallery on site, art abounds. Exhibiting local artists and cutting-edge virtual art displays, these galleries should be at the top of your must-visit lists.

This February, the TMRW Gallery presents Phumlani Pikoli's Occupying A Fatuous State Of SeverityWhat began as a series of short stories has been expanded into a full-scale exhibition, dealing with topics of depression, isolation and insecurity. This is a true reflection of what it means to be a young person living through the 21st century.

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Dining 

What would First Thursdays be without Joburg's best foodie hot spots? Bring your friends and family along for epic dining experiences at the city's favourite restaurants.

After all that gallery hopping down Jan Smut Avenue, you are bound to be ravenous. That's why Saigon Suzy stays open late, offering you authentic Asian inspired cocktails and street food to satiate that appetite. Hailed as one of the most unique eateries in Johannesburg, Saizon Suzy combines Pan-Asian dining with good old rock 'n roll.

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Looking for a true party vibe? Check out Braam's very own Republic of 94. One of the inner city's largest venues, Republic hosts epic First Thursdays events. Their menu isn't half bad either, offering juicy wings and ribs, platters to share and succulent burgers with fries.

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Once in Joburg is Braamfontein's official 'poshtel' - or posh hotel to those of you who don't speak city slang. First Thursdays here are unlike any other, with live music performances, DJs, film screenings and great food. The best part? You can crash here for the night!

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Shopping At Night

Sometimes, all you need is a little retail therapy. Check out Joburg's coolest shopping spots at the First Thursdays February edition.

Sneaker Lab presents an amalgamation of street culture, art, food and drink and live music to get your First Thursdays pumping. Often hosting some of South Africa's best DJs, Sneaker Lab is party central. Plus, you can pick up some wicked care-gear for your favourite kicks.

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99 Juta invite you to indulge in some late night shopping every First Thursday. This trendy new development was renovated from an 80-year-old building into a first class home for local designers. With the likes of Joe Paine, Mash.T Design Studio, Monique Vee and The Urbanative housed here, 99 Juta also features eccentric pop-up stores and installations. Check them out this February!

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When Is It?

Thursday, 06 February 2020 from 17:00 - 21:00.

For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

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The Melrose Gallery 

The Melrose Gallery first opened its doors in late 2016. Situated within the super urban Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, the gallery provides respite from the bustling energies of the adjoining mall and business district. A surprisingly contemporary art space, the Melrose Gallery prides itself on showcasing Pan African art across a range of disciplines. From painting and photography, to sculpture and performance art, the gallery hosts regular exhibitions and extremely popular openings.

Melrose Gallery

The Start

While the gallery has only been in operation for a couple of years, the minds behind it have been hard at work in the art industry for well over a decade. The experienced team is made up of photographer Clint Strydom, curator Craig Mark and Justin Divaris, CEO of Daytona Group Holdings. Daytona is a shareholder in the gallery, as is Clint. This makes the Melrose Gallery one of the few artist-owned galleries in the city.

The gallery's influence in the current contemporary art scene in Johannesburg is vast. Clint has worked with the likes of FIFA, Aston Martin International and Constitution Hill in his capacity as a photographer, while Craig has close ties to Iziko Museums of Africa as a director of Nature’s Best Photography Africa. Craig is also the director behind the ground breaking exhibitions ‘Space – Currencies in Contemporary African Art’ and ‘Impressions of Rorke’s Drift’.

From the outset, the Melrose Gallery sought to set itself apart from other contemporary art spaces in Joburg. Their close relationship with the Melrose Arch precinct has allowed for this, as they often break through the boundaries of the gallery space to bring art right into the streets. Large sculptural works, performance installations and exhibitions have flowed from the gallery into the public space of the precinct. In this way, The Melrose Gallery encourages the public to engage with art in a unique way. Ultimately, they embody the spirit of the city by promoting creativity, positivity and energy towards African art.

Melrose Gallery

Christiaan Diedericks: In Search of a New King

The Present

The Melrose Gallery is located along the High Street within the Melrose Arch Precinct. The gallery space welcomes visitors from the outside, with its large glass panel doors and window displays. However, the gallery space often moves out onto the streets, engaging with audiences of all backgrounds. This inclusive art space is definitely a hidden Joburg gem. So, next time you find yourself wandering around Melrose Arch, visit the gallery. You may be surprised by what you find.

The gallery is currently exhibiting their Winter Show featuring the likes of Dr Esther Mahlangu, Willie Bester, Vusi Khumalo, Carl Roberts, Christiaan Diedericks, Aza Mansongi and many more. Showcasing Pan African contemporary artworks, this exhibition is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. These works not only reflect modern African thought, but present our realities in a bright and beautiful way. Whether you are an admirer of fine art, abstraction or sculpture, there will be something to delight your senses. Entrance to the gallery is free, so you really have no excuse not to pop by.

In September 2019, the gallery will host the annual SculptX Fair. This is the largest annual sculpture focused fair in South Africa. We spoke to gallery director, Craig Mark about what to expect from this year's fair:

"Over 80 sculptors have applied for this year's fair, which promises to be the biggest one yet. Works will be displayed in the gallery, in the 8 000 sq m Daytona showroom, in the hotels, corporate offices and public spaces throughout the precinct in a celebration of sculpture, making a valuable contribution to art week and heritage month in Johannesburg," he said.

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For more information about The Melrose Gallery, click here. Or, follow them on social media for events and exhibition updates:

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Contact them on 083 777 6644 or via email at [email protected]

The Melrose Gallery 

The Melrose Gallery first opened its doors in late 2016. Situated within the super urban Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, the gallery provides respite from the bustling energies of the adjoining mall and business district. A surprisingly contemporary art space, the Melrose Gallery prides itself on showcasing African artistry from a range of disciplines. From visual art, to sculpture and performance installation, the gallery provides the perfect backdrop to exhibit works from both up-and-coming and well established artists.

Melrose Gallery

The Start

While the gallery has only been in operation for a couple of years, the minds behind it have been hard at work in the art industry for well over a decade. The experienced team is made up of photographer Clint Strydom, curator Craig Mark and Justin Divaris, CEO of Daytona Group Holdings. Daytona is a shareholder in the gallery, as is Clint. This makes the Melrose Gallery one of the few artist-owned galleries in the city.

The gallery's influence in the current contemporary art scene in Johannesburg is vast. Clint has worked with the likes of FIFA and Constitution Hill in his capacity as a photographer, while Craig has close ties to Iziko Museums of Africa and the directors board of the Nature's Best Photography Africa.

From the outset, the Melrose Gallery sought to set itself apart from other contemporary art spaces in Joburg. Their close relationship with the Melrose Arch precinct has allowed for this, as they often break through the boundaries of the gallery space to bring art right into the streets. Large sculptural works, performance installations and exhibitions have flowed from the gallery into the public space of the precinct. In this way, The Melrose Gallery encourages the public to engage with art in a unique way. Ultimately, they embody the spirit of the city by promoting creativity, positivity and energy towards African art.

Melrose Gallery

Christiaan Diedericks: In Search of a New King

The Present

At present, The Melrose Gallery have taken up residence within the Melrose Arch Mall. Although a distinctly smaller space than their previous venue, the gallery is now located right within the action. One can hardly ignore the call to enter this arts space as you pass by on the way into the mall.

The gallery is currently exhibiting their Winter Show featuring the likes of Dr Ester Mahlangu, Willie Bester, Vusi Khumalo, Carl Roberts, Christiaan Diedericks and many more. Showcasing both South African, Pan-African and international works, this exhibition is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. These works not only reflect modern African thought, but present our realities in an bright and beautiful way. Whether you are an admirer of fine art, abstraction or sculpture, there will be something to delight your senses. Entrance to the gallery is free, so you really have no excuse not to pop by.

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For more information about The Melrose Gallery, click here. Or, follow them on social media for events and exhibition updates:

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Contact them on 083 777 6644 or via email at [email protected]