What Is It?

The Bag Factory launched their first online exhibition COVERT BIOSCOPE showcasing work by current and recent Bag Factory artists whose young and emerging voices are contributing to the conversations around video as a visual art medium / practice. Coming back for the second exhibition, they invite audiences to join for the scheduled screenings and live conversations that will take place with the participating artists.

In this project, cyberspace is re-imagined as an alternative venue for the bioscope, a community space from a time gone by. In the age of Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and shortened attention spans, how do our behaviours and experiences shift when we experience art in the confines of our homes, alone, unobserved? The optimal video length to hold online audiences is under 2 minutes - if we share longer videos will our audience(s) stay till the end credits? How do we speak to digital saturated spaces where so often things get lost, or overlooked, while at the same time these spaces also make content hyper visible. How do we communicate meaningfully with one another in virtual voids? Who do we choose to be in the various virtual space(s) we frequent? Do any of these virtual platforms satisfy the basic human condition of loneliness? Can we really feel more connected in a time of increasing disconnect?

As our online social and professional interactions increase sharply, is there such a thing as private cyber space, or is it inevitable that our digital movements will be tracked and traced? What does it mean to live in a society 'relatively free' of covert cyber surveillance (if there is such a thing), versus living in a society that overtly restricts what we can see and access? Do we know the difference?

The Covert Bioscope provides the perfect moment to dissect these concerns in the age of Covid-19. Pause. Explore. Watch. Respond. Question.

How it works?

Join the conversation via Zoom; watch via the Bag Factory's Facebook and Instagram live feed; or tell them what you think using the hashtag #covertbioscope.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 at 15:00 - 16:30.

How Much Is It?

N/A

For More Information

For more information, click here.

We don't know what the statistics have to say, but we think South Africa is one of the most influential countries in the art industry. One place that has contributed to this industry in the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Art In Mzansi

Art has always been a part of the people of Joburg, whether consciously or not. The city is packed with influences that have played a significant role in fashion, design, dance, music and more.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

More and more, people are falling in love with visual and fine arts and visiting Joburg's plethora of galleries.

Every year, we are seeing more people exploring the world of exhibitions and showcases. The Johannesburg Art Gallery is a major contributor to all the beauty that lives in the inner-city.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Better known as JAG, the gallery is comfortably situated in Joubert Park.

The art of it all begins with the gallery's building, the architecture really speaks to what they do and the quality of the work that lives in the building.

This awesome gallery is home to some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork. They house new age art that speaks to the modern, urban, urban contemporary and futuristic work.

Johannesburg Art Gallery - Gerard Sekoto

Art By Gerard Sekoto

Some of the most renown artists have works displayed in the gallery, such as the likes of Picasso, Pierneefs and more. Their forward thinking and innovation makes them one of Joburg's top galleries - #FRIENDSOFJAG.

What is #FRIENDSOFJAG?

This growing name has played a huge part in advancing and creating a portal for the gallery to keep moving forward.

#FRIENDSOFJAG helps the gallery with fund raising, giving their activities and educational programmes a push and keeping the art alive.

How can you be a Friend of JAG?

The friends of JAG have some cool perks. Being a friend means you can enjoy their lectures, experience tour visits, enjoy discounts and exclusive invitations for their openings and get a discount on the Johannesburg Art Gallery's catalogues.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

More Than Just A Gallery

JAG offers much more than a standard gallery offering. They often host cool events and art showcases.

Some of their shows include The Evidence Of Things Not Seen, 2018's FNB Joburg Art Fair and non conventional projects like And Counting by !Kauru Contemporary African Art Project and Curated by Tšhegofatso Mabaso and Julia Taonga Kaseka.

So Jozi, go and enjoy the beauty not so far away.

Jewellery is one thing that the majority love to wear and it's no surprise that more and more creativity keeps bringing us the best pieces to match our characters and outfits. So, we have founds some awesome jewellery stores in Joburg that will finish off that outfit like a charm.

Different

Before we get to how unique the jewellery at these store is...

Different strokes for different folks, this old saying captures the truth of how versatile and full of character people are when picking out their pieces. This is why we have specifically selected these brands that have the most unique and handcrafted accessories around

These stores keep to the essence of creation, fashion forwardness and making a statement. Their jewellery takes the word unique to a whole new level.

Jewellery Stores in Johannesburg

Mary Jean

Mary Jean produces handmade jewellery that opens up your inner creativity and encourages you to be bold with fashion.

Their pieces tell a story of simplicity, beauty and African royalty making sure that you feel like regal and fashion forward. They have a very bold and beautiful geometric style to the way they craft the pieces. It's fresh, creative and really deserves to be called art.

Jewellery Stores in Johannesburg

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Pichulik

Inspired by the African female and her beauty, Pichulik's designs are made with attention to detail and unique touches that make every piece stand out.

From the slightest curve or idea around shapes, they have crafted these babies to get one curious and already imagining what they could wear it with. Using the essence of the African continent such as West Africa, East Africa to bring us together for the love of jewellery.

Jewellery Stores in Johannesburg

Scarab Jewellery

When Scarab's eyes sees jewellery; they see art. If you check out their collections and pieces, you will understand why they view it as such.

The combination of their design and creativity makes it an art form. They bring the non-conventional approach of jewellery to life. Making the realities of many beautiful, bold and unique. Bespoke design is their middle name. Situated in Cape Town - you can have your gems purchased online and delivered.

Their jewellery is about pops in either colour, design or shape, giving you that stand out effect.

Jewellery Stores in Johannesburg

African Baroque

African Baroque is all about going to the deepest roots of Africa and African stories.

Their jewellery is a firm representation of the motherland and the popping colour, diversity and spunk that the continent has. They have managed to creative multiple-use pieces, as well.

They use African patterns to create their works of art. When you see their pieces, words that will without a doubt cross your mind are colour, bold and confidence. Although they are situated in Cape Town, you can purchase online.

Now that we have traveled on a journey of gems, crafts, creativity and fashion forward influences, we can fully confirm that the country is full of talent, style and finesse. So check out the beauty that these Jewellery Stores have in store for you.

We love buying good quality products and collectables, however the price tag can be quite heavy on the pocket. Although beauty and exclusivity is worth buy, why not do competitive purchase and stand a chance of making a bargain with these auction spots.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

Going to an auction is not only just entertaining at times, but probably the best option to make sure that you acquire value for money.

What is even more pleasing about this is the fact that you can literally get auctions for almost anything. It can range from vehicles, art, furniture to antiques - the list is endless. It's just a matter of knowing what you want and going to the right place to find it.

Making the right bid can be a bit nerve wrecking at times, however just like wine - it gets better with time.

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Let's get you better spots or a kick-start at attending and potentially making your first buy, take a look at these auction spots around Joburg and what they specifically auctioneer:

Auction Johannesburg

Strauss & Co - Fine Art Auctioneers

Art is what Strauss & Co are all about, auctioning some of the most wanted pieces and fine art you will ever see, maybe even never see.

They have art pieces that are really one of a kind and the only reason you would want to go for an auction there is to get a one of a kind piece. You know, one of those pieces that you see in movies in high-end galleries - that's the kind of standard you will find here.

Strauss & Co is situated in Houghton so you can already imagine the "stereo-typically true" level of quality they have.

Auction Johannesburg

Bryanston Auctioneers

The Bryanston Auctioneers specialises in antiques, art as well as collectables. They also have household goods that will last for years, if not forever.

They also have online auctions that they run so you can make your bid in the comfort of your home. The few standout pieces that they have are the Watercolour Signed Maude Sumner and the Gold Nugget Brooch.

They encourage anyone who is perhaps moving to sell with them and have proven themselves to be quick with payout.

Auction Johannesburg

Russell Kaplan Auctioneers

Russell Kaplan Auctioneers prides themselves in having an eye for detail and art.

They are however not limited to that, and also auction antique, unique furniture and household items. "RK" as it is known, has a lot of art by African artists which have done really well.

They have upped the ante with collectables by providing some very  pleasing prices, so if you want to start an auction journey somewhere, this is the place.

So let the bids begin, find what you are looking for in better quality and at a bargain.

Sold! 

{Featured Image By Strauss & Co}

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

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

Facebook

Instagram

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

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

Facebook

Instagram

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

We love buying good quality products and collectables however the price tag can be quite heavy on the pocket. Although beauty and exclusivity is worth buy, why not do competitive purchase and stand a chance of making a bargain buy with these Auction Spots.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

Going to an auction is not only just entertaining at times, but probably the best option to make sure that you acquire value for money.

What is even more pleasing about this is the fact that you can literally get auctioneers for almost anything. It can range from vehicles, art, furniture, antiques - the list is endless. It's just a matter of knowing what you want and going to the right place to find it.

Making the right bid can be a bit nerve wrecking at times, however just like wine - it gets better with time.

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Let's get you better spots or a kick-start at attending and potentially making your first buy, take a look at these Auction Spots around Joburg and what they specifically auctioneer:

Auction Johannesburg

Strauss & Co - Fine Art Auctioneers

Art is what Strauss & Co are all about, auctioning some of the most wanted pieces and fine art you will ever see, maybe even never see.

They have art pieces that are really one of a kind and the only reason you would want to go for an auction there is to get a one of a kind piece. You know one of those pieces that you see in movies in high end galleries - that's the kind of standard you will find here.

Strauss & Co is situated in Houghton so you can already imagine the "stereo-typically true" level of quality they have.

Auction Johannesburg

Bryanston Auctioneers

The Bryanston Auctioneers specialises in antiques, art and well as collectables. They also have household goods that will last for years if not forever.

They also have online auctions that they run so you can make your bid in the comfort of your home. The few standout pieces that they have are the Watercolour Signed Maude Sumner and the Gold Nugget Brooch.

They encourage anyone who is perhaps moving to sell with them and have proven themselves to be quick with payout.

Auction Johannesburg

Russell Kaplan Auctioneers

Russell Kaplan Auctioneers prides themselves in having an eye for detail and art.

They are however not limited to that, and also auction antique, unique furniture and household items. "RK" as it is known, has a lot of art by African artists which have done really well.

They have upped the ante with collectables by providing some very prices so if you want to start an auction journey somewhere, this is the place.

So let the bids begin my good people, find what you are looking for in better quality and at a bargain.

Sold! 

{Featured Image By Strauss & Co}

What Is It?

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is back and bringing even more of the best artwork, any art enthusiast can attest to the fact that the Art Fair never disappoints.

The artists that have created these deep works of art have a story to tell, so go get inspired by some of the country's emerging creatives.

Soak all the beauty of art in and get your tickets.

When Is It?

Thursday, 11 July 2019 from 18:00.

Where Is It?

RMB Turbine Art Fair, 10 Fricker Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R80 - R950 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is the epicentre of emerging contemporary art, celebrating established and new talent in an accessible and neutral environment. The Rand Merchant Bank promotes access to the arts by supporting and hosting emerging artists, and the goal of the RMB Turbine Art Fair is to attract a diverse audience, together with existing and new collectors.

Turbine Art Fair

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is an all-encompassing cultural experience for visitors, with artisanal food and beverages, vibrant music and an interactive talks programme. It differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy. The selling price of artworks generally falls between R1000 and R50 000, which presents opportunities for savvy investors and new buyers to invest in up-and-coming artists and extend their collections easily, and for new artists to thrive off of this talent platform.

“Since its inception in 2013, audiences of all backgrounds have been delighted by the RMB Turbine Art Fair's celebration of creativity and have come to anticipate the Fair’s exciting interpretation of visual art, music and food. We aim to educate, entertain and sell – to inspire!” says Glynis Hyslop, founder of Turbine Art Fair and MD of The Forum Company.

Galleries representing established and emerging artists, art organisations and original projects, present their efforts side by side, creating a synergy that is infectious to all who visit.

Turbine Art Fair

Says Alison Badenhorst, Head of RMB Corporate Marketing, “The business philosophy core to RMB’s 40-year history of success is ‘Traditional values. Innovative Ideas’. The visual arts both capture and communicate powerfully across this spectrum, reflecting the spirit of the time and fueling socio/economic and political discussion that may otherwise remain unheard. It is refreshing to see artists who, through their works, influence robust discussion, action or reaction, because of the relative permanence of their pieces in individual or corporate collections.”

RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place from Thursday 12th July (VIP Opening) to Sunday 15th July 2018 at Turbine Hall,  Newtown, the cultural precinct of Johannesburg.

Exhibitors

Anthony Shapiro COLLECT
Art it is
Art Source South Africa
Artist Proof Studio
Bag Factory Artists
Blaque Inq Contemporaries
Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery
Carol Lee Fine Art
Dale Sargent Fine Art
Dawid Ras
Eclectica contemporary
Free State Art Collective
Galerie NOKO
Gallery 2
Intethe
Intoto Gallery
Kalashnikovv Gallery
Lizamore & Associates
LL Editions Fine Art Printmaking Studio
Millennium Gallery
MK & Artist
Moving Contemporary Art World
No End Contemporary Art Space
OneArtGallery
PPC Imaginarium
Priest Gallery
Red Room Gallery
Salon Ninety One
Social Media Art Gallery
Strauss Online
The Creative Block
The South African Print Gallery
White River Gallery by Halifax Art
WorldArt

Tickets

Adults

Day pass: R100 online / R120 at the door

Weekend pass (Fri, Sat & Sun): R200 online / R250 at the door

Children 

Under 12 years old: R50 online / R80 door

Over 12 years old: R80 online / R100 door

Students

R80 online / R100 at the door

For safety and convenience, the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2018 will be a completely cashless environment.

Tickets: (via Webtickets)

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