From unique and interesting art galleries and museums filled with history, to fun-filled Sunday markets, the latest blockbusters and hot nightlife destinations offering some of the best cocktails in the city, the suburb of Rosebank has something that'll tickle everyone's fancy when it comes entertainment.
For all the latest blockbusters on the circuit, visit Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at Rosebank Mall. This is just the spot to drop off the kids if you're looking to do some retail therapy at the mall without them pining about being bored. There's always something exciting on the big screen, just don't forget to grab a few snacks and slushies from the kiosk before your movie starts.
After shopping up a storm at The Zone @ Rosebank, why not visit their Ster-Kinekor, choose a movie, grab a few movie viewing treats and put your feet up for a little bit? This is the ideal spot for an impromptu date night – the latest movies, great selection of restaurants and The Fun Company all within the same vicinity, what more do you need? Visit this cinema to see what they have screening on the big screen. There's sure to be something for any kind of genre you're in the mood for – romance, animation, action, drama, comedy, you name it.
The distinguished and longest-standing Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with three venues that can be found in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. The Goodman Gallery has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art, working with prominent and emerging international artists whose work engages with African and post-colonial contexts. Some of these artists include Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar, Kapwani Kiwanga, Shirin Neshat, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Mikhael Subotzky and Hank Willis Thomas.
The ever-popular Rosebank Sunday Market offers visitors a true expression of South Africa’s vibrancy, diversity and culture. The market has something for everyone, from a large selection of arts and crafts, antiques, live music, kids entertainment and gourmet delights. This is also a great spot to see stunning views of the Johannesburg skyline and sunsets which compliment the traditional African market experience. Expect to see an array of delicious cuisines and food products, interesting bric-a-brac, original clothing and an eclectic assortment of handmade and creative goodies. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to see when the next market will be taking place.
CIRCA is a beautiful small art gallery that's, in fact, a work of art itself. Pay this gallery a visit and take a wander through their stunning exhibitions. CIRCA showcases highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA’s curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Other than the interesting works of art, musical events and lectures are also held at the gallery, so be sure to keep an eye out on their website and social media platforms to stay informed! Also, along side CIRCA On Jellicoe is the Everard Read Gallery, which is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. The gallery is only a short walk away from Rosebank's diverse array of shopping malls, craft markets, hotels and restaurants.
Take a step back in time and visit the South African National War Museum. Only 7 minutes away from the centre of Rosebank, this museum is a must-visit if you're looking to enjoy interesting historical entertainment. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to view and study an array of relevant artefacts on display, take a guided tour through the museum which is available on request during the week, and even use their extensive library and photographic facilities for research purposes. The museum is a memorial for all South Africans who have died in or as a result of military actions and preserves our nation’s military history.
If you have a love for on-trend local and international art and design, artisan eateries, vibrant shops and spaces, and unique cafés, then the Keyes Art Mile is just the place to visit when you're in the area. New to the Johannesburg scene, the Keyes Art Mile offers visitors an art-focused experience. Talk a leisurely stroll through its unique collection of features, including the Everard Read Gallery, the trendy Marble Restaurant, Mix Cocktail Bar, Akrikoa Cafe and much more entertainment.
Looking for a fun night on the town with friends? Or want to meet up with your colleagues for after work drinks? Katzy’s Live at The Firs is Rosebank's premier music, dining and entertainment venue, offering just the space to have fun and unwind. It boasts resident bands, performing five nights a week, a wonderful wine and cocktail list, and more than 100 different whiskeys, cognacs and bourbons to choose from! And if you're looking to grab a bite to eat, you can order from their sister restaurant, The Grillhouse, right next door. Be sure to arrive dressed to the nines (dress code is smart casual), and enjoy a fun evening out.
Situated in the Keyes Art Mile, Mix Cocktail Bar is just the place if you're looking for fantastic Jamaican / African inspired cuisine, excellent cocktails and stunning sunset views. This is the ideal destination for after work hangouts, sundowners with your mates and even a Saturday brunch. This bar is located within the Keyes Art Mile, complete with exquisite art and design, unique eateries, great music and dance spaces. To keep up to date with the latest events, news and information regarding Mix Cocktail Bar, like them on Facebook.
Sin+Tax offers visitors a world-class cocktail experience that's sure to delight all of their senses. Upping the ante for South Africa’s cocktail scene and pushing the boundaries of innovation and imagination, Sin+Tax is the only bar in African to make it into the World’s 50 Best Bars’ top 100 in 2019. Kick off your weekend with a visit to this speakeasy style cocktail bar in Rosebank.
Looking for one of the most authentic Asian experiences in the city? Then be sure to make a stop at Saigon Suzy PArkwood near Rosebank! This popular spot offers visitors only the best in Asian-inspired cocktails and street food accompanied by top notch, classic rock ‘n roll hits. Delight your sense with authentic flavours straight from their menu. Also, sip on your choice of specially imported Asian beers, sake, gins and whiskeys. And if you’re feeling a little brave, why not head to their No Tell Motel Karaoke when you can sing along to your favourite tunes! It's exciting entertainment you don't want to miss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Melrose Gallery is renowned for its rich collection of Pan-African art and sculpture. One of the gallery's most acclaimed artists, Pitika Ntuli has been hard at work for over three years constructing his latest body of work. Entitled Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), this display is made up almost entirely of bone. The Melrose Gallery, in partnership with the National Arts Festival, present this exhibition online between 25 June to 02 August 2020. You can view the exhibition on the Melrose Gallery website or via the National Arts Festival's online platform. Each of the artworks will also be accompanied by voice recordings by the artist, as well as a number of poets, writers, thinkers and makers.
The Standard Bank Art Gallery was in the middle of their first major exhibition for 2020 when COVID-19 was declared a national disaster. The Lumieres 'd Afriques exhibition was set to bring 54 artists from around Africa to the gallery in Johannesburg. Rather than shut the exhibition down completely, the gallery responded by taking it online! You can tour the Standard Bank Art Gallery here and marvel at the work of Africa's finest artists. Hover over a painting or sculpture that intrigues you to watch a short clip by the artist explaining their inspiration and the significance of the piece.
The Gallery has also recently introduced a new online feature - Home Studio Live. Join various Standard Bank Young Artist award winners from their home studios each week for a live, online performance. The Standard Bank Home Studio Live feature will broadcast via their Facebook page each Thursday evening at 20:00. Happy listening!
The Everard Read Gallery has been hard at work to bring you a number of virtual exhibitions during lockdown. Currently, the gallery has two online exhibitions to enjoy:
The Everard Read Gallery has hosted numerous artists and exhibitions since its establishment at its current location in the 1970s. Looking back on its illustrious past, the gallery debuts a multifaceted online programme showcasing pieces that have been exhibited previously at Everard Read, some that have been shown individually, some that have travelled to art fairs and exhibitions around the world and others that have never been seen before. Each week the gallery chooses an artist's work to showcase and celebrate. A selection of these pieces will also be available to purchase online, so don't miss out! The exhibition will be showcased online until 31 July 2020.
Still is the third in the Everard Read Gallery's online exhibition series. This latest show comprises works primarily created by invited and gallery artists during lockdown. Reflecting on the quiet contemplation that this time offered, Still examines the varying contradictions and emotions that perpetuate out of a world in lockdown - a pertinent snapshot of a very particular moment in time. Still runs from 18 June - 8 July 2020.
Visit the gallery's website to explore these fantastic projects and to give back to the arts community and those in need. You can also follow the Everard Read on Facebook and Instagram for artist interviews and for details on upcoming virtual exhibitions.
The Stevenson Gallery is one of Johannesburg's most renowned contemporary African art houses. On the day that South Africa's national lockdown was set to begin, the gallery had intended to unveil Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi's new body of work titled Gymnasium. This would have been the artist's first exhibition with the Stevenson, and the gallery took the decision to take it online. Gymnasium will be on display on the gallery's website until 27 June 2020. Click on the multimedia link to watch a guided walk through of the exhibition with the artist himself.
The Stevenson Gallery has also been active on Facebook and Instagram daily, providing in-depth analysis of some of their resident pieces and previous exhibitions. Join in on the conversation to learn more about contemporary African art while you're stuck at home!
One of the most recognisable art institutions in Joburg, the Goodman Gallery has stepped up to the virtual viewing party in excellent fashion. In response to nationwide gallery closures, this world-class art house has created their very own virtual viewing room, offering art lovers online exhibitions, film festivals and much more to explore during the lockdown period. Once every two weeks this platform presents a new bespoke exhibition curated for dynamic online viewing, complete with audio and video clips directly from the artists and curators to accompany you on your digital journey! Check it out here.
The Goodman Gallery also presents How to Disappear - a group exhibition detailing the pervasive modes and technologies of surveillance in the making of contemporary society. You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition or take a closer look at the individual artworks here. How to Disappear will be available on the Goodman Gallery's website until 25 June 2020.
If that wasn't enough to keep you entertained and enlightened, join the Goodman Gallery on Facebook for live artist sit-downs and live streams from around the world. It's a great way to stay connected with fellow art lovers and expand your knowledge on all things art-related during this period.
So, you've never visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery? Here's your chance! JAG have partnered with Google Arts and Culture to bring you a virtual iteration of the The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Photography and Resistance exhibition. The title of this work references in part, James Baldwin's book of the same title, speaking to the intangible but pervasive nature of identity. Using works from the JAG collection exclusively by artists of colour, this exhibition looks at the influential role photography played as a visual weapon and means to document the struggle against apartheid.
Once you have thoroughly explored this JAG collection, get out your virtual VISA and go on a tour to the world's best museums with Google Arts & Culture. Their collection spans the globe, traversing the centuries to take you on a journey through art history. Tons of time on your hands? This is the perfect solution, so hurry up and get exploring!
Do you know of any other local museums or galleries offering virtual tours? Let us know about them!
The Goodman Gallery presents the How To Disappear Group Exhibition - showcasing the work of some of South Africa's most acclaimed visual masters, as well as international artists, including Broomberg & Chanarin, David Goldblatt, Ewa Nowak, Hyun-Sook Song, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Ja'Tovia Gary, Jeremy Wafer, Kahlil Joseph, Mary Wafer and Mounir Fatmi.
The How To Disappear Group Exhibition examines the influence of pervasive surveillance and remote technology in contemporary society. Through various mediums and practices, this group of artists provides reflexive commentary on these issues, offering the spectator the chance to engage and re-imagine their own self-hood in modern society.
This exhibition will run at the Goodman Gallery for a limited season, so don't miss out!
Th exhibition opens on Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 11:00 - 16:00. It will then run until 11 April 2020.
Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Entrance to the gallery is free.
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Details: +27 (0)11 788 1113 | [email protected]
Kicking off the tour on Jellicoe Avenue is the Everard Read Gallery. Africa's oldest commercial art gallery, the Everard Read celebrated its centenary year in 2013. A truly Pan-African artist hub, this gallery features some of Africa's finest modern and contemporary artists. However, they also source fine art from across the world. The Everard Read building itself is also a celebrated icon of South African post-modern design. Developed in the late 1970s, it is one of Rosebank's many architectural masterpieces. Be sure to bring your camera along.
Details: 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 011 788 4805 | [email protected]
Right opposite the Everard Read is Circa on Jellicoe. Undoubtedly one of the finest contributions to recent architecture, this dome-shaped building beckons visitors with its gleam and prestigious exterior. Built in 2009 as an extension of the Everard Read Gallery, Circa displays an intersperse of contemporary art exhibitions with human technology and scientific installations. With its subtle curved walls, this is the perfect place to exhibit interactive art. Hop right on over from the ER building to experience a whole new take on modern art and design.
Details: 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Just a hop and a skip away from the Circa building is Joburg's famous Keyes Arts Mile! An assemblage of galleries, designs stores and fine restaurants, this mixed-use precinct is a must-visit. Hosting regular art talks and workshops, this is a dedicated artist's hub. Stop by here for the finest fresh produce, a yummy burger and milkshake or simply to take in the beauty of the artistic surrounds.
Follow them on Facebook to see upcoming events and exhibitions.
Details: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 011 888 8433 | [email protected]
At the end of the Arts Mile, you will come across the Trumpet on Keyes Building. An art and design centre, this is a hot spot for new age ideas. The centre houses two galleries, the first being the TMRW Gallery. Blending the seemingly incongruous worlds of art, technology and augmented reality, the TMRW Gallery presents art right at the cutting edge. If you are looking for a gallery experience unlike any other, then add this art centre to your list. Be prepared to see art in a whole new light.
Details: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 072 195 1676 | info[email protected]
The second Trumpet on Keyes resident is the SMAC Gallery. First established in Stellenbosch, the gallery opened its doors in Rosebank in 2016. Representing a number of established South African and international artists, including Willem Boshoff, Jody Paulsen and Musa N. Nxumalo, the SMAC Gallery regularly presents large-scale historical exhibitions and projects. Offering a critical re-evaluation of South African art history within a global dialogue, this is the perfect place to round off your first leg of the Jan Smuts art row.
Details: 1st Floor, The Trumpet, 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | 010 594 5400 | [email protected]
From Keyes Avenue, head back onto Jan Smuts. Between a strip of upmarket restaurants, bars and businesses, you will find the Goodman Gallery. It's almost impossible to miss it, with its stark white walls and unique design, the building stands out from the busy main road. Some of the biggest names in South African art have their work represented here, including William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson and David Goldblatt. The Goodman Gallery prides itself on being a springboard for many of these artists' careers, and consequently, their contributions to social and political emancipation. Don't skip past this exceptional art house.
Details: 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | 011 788 1113 | [email protected]
David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution dedicated to promoting careers in the arts. Their Parkwood gallery features an adjacent bookstore, which stocks some of the most diverse material on art, design, fashion and film in Johannesburg. If you have any interest in printmaking, lithography, design or collage, visit the David Krut gallery and bookstore. They work in close collaboration with printmakers and artists such as William Kentridge too. Visit them for a learning experience, visual feast and the chance to mingle with high-profile art makers.
Details: 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | 011 447 0627 / 011 880 4242
Further along Jan Smuts, you will come across Gallery MOMO, a contemporary exhibition space rooted in Pan-African and Diasporic art forms. Representing fine artists, sculptors, portrait artists and installation artists, this gallery offers a wide array of forms to marvel over. The artwork exhibited here has a distinct South-Africaness about it. Often featuring scenes of everyday people, living their everyday lives, these pieces reflect our society in a subtle, but outstanding way. Come through to feel a sense of connection with the city and its people.
Details: 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | 011 327 3247 | [email protected]
As your journey comes to an end, take a moment to appreciate all the wonder you have seen at these top galleries. Our final stop is the Stevenson Gallery, also located on 7th Avenue. Exhibiting South Africa's pre-eminent performance and visual artists, the Stevenson is the home of weird and wonderful art. Representing the likes of Penny Siopis, Steven Cohen, Zanele Muholi and Portia Zvavahera, you can't go wrong with this modern art house. Make this last stop count by taking as many photographs as you can, of yourself, and the art.
Details: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg | 011 403 1055 | [email protected]
Do you know of any other art galleries located along Jan Smuts Avenue? Let us know about them!
The Goodman Gallery proudly present Carrie Mae Weems' first ever solo exhibition on the African continent this September. Titled, 'Over Time', this highly-anticipated exhibition is a must-visit.
Carrie Mae Weems is considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists. She employs photography, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video mediums in her work. Weems compels viewers to actively consider how the world is structured, by bringing to light systems of oppression and inequality. All the while she explores relationships between power, class, race and gender.
'Over Time' presents several bodies of work, which look at these themes in relation to how the past comes to bear on the present. In this regard Weems reflects on history in order to engage with the present and question where we might be going.
Opening night is on Saturday, 07 September 2019.
Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Entrance to the gallery is free.
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Let's start off with the greasiest, sexiest and most tasty burger, shall we? Okay, you will know where we heading with this one... on Keyes Avenue, there's a little burger joint serving burgers, chips and frozen custard. They're called BGR and they are awesome – even when the place is filled with hipsters. No matter what you're after, it's in Rosebank... oh, and there's Marble! It's the best place on earth if you dig upper-class fancy food – but who doesn't, right? And if you need to get a caffeine fix, Father Coffee is worth trying out. They offer some of the best coffee in Joburg. A good place to check out for some cool food places to satisfy that sweet tooth would be The Zone @ Rosebank. Here, you can get ice cold velvet in the form of Paul's Home Made Ice Cream (chocolate, nutella and oreo for the win) as well as the best gourmet popcorn at Maverick and Jane (we recommend the drool worthy birthday cake popcorn) and Plan B Dessertery has delightful bubble waffles (the lemon meringue waffles are on point).
The Rosebank precinct is built on one word: culture. It hosts two of the most important galleries in the country, the Goodman Gallery on the corner of Jan Smuts and Chester Road and the Everard Read Gallery on Jellicoe Avenue. Some of the most prominent art dealers and agencies are situated in Rosebank. It is a space where the dealer and the buyer can meet in close proximity of one another.
If you want to shop 'til you drop, you'll be in good company at Rosebank. This lucrative city offers three of the best shopping centres in Gauteng. These are The Zone @ Rosebank, Rosebank Mall and The Firs. These shopping malls have a wide array of stores to meet the needs of every fashionista, home owner, foodie and tech lover. There are also loads of local clothing designers as well as talented arts and crafts creators and vendors at the Rosebank Sunday Market.
A great way to explore the best Joburg has to offer is with the City Sightseeing bus. This bright red bus offers tours that will take you to some of the most interesting places around our city like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Carlton Centre. They offer various packages to suit your budget and time limits. Their offices are located at The Zone @ Rosebank, conveniently situated close to all Joburg's attractions.
If you're planning on staying over in Rosebank, why not do so in style at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Oxford Road. This hotel boasts 244 rooms and suites with all the amenities a jet-lagged patron could dream of. The hotel also has a swimming pool, spa, fitness center and laundry service, not to mention their luxury in house restaurant, oneNINEone.