The Dolls house and "over the wall" neighborhood paintings can now be visited at Chandler House, 53 Church street, Cape Town. One of my favorite galleries in the city. Its First Thursday this week! Be sure to swing by to have a look and say hi.
If you are unfamiliar with Máire Fisher and her novel "Birdseye" see a review in the link below. A story of a family living in a very familiar False Bay setting, from the view point of Bird, a young girl.
Máire immediately had a vision of writing into the doll's house when she first saw it. I think the idea of a writing workshop with so many details to draw from is truly inspired and I cant wait to read stories conceived from the viewpoint of others.
The idea ties in exactly with my own urge to collaborate with others on stories. Over the past months, I have loved seeing how different people react to the house. It evokes something in everyone. A grown man confessed to fond memories of playing in a dolls house as a child, a child asked me "what is a dining room?" an American visitor to my studio and I cried in each others arms.
I have added a new character to the house that I will reveal in a further post. A character that invites a whole new conversation. A very Southern African one. A version of this character lives in Máire's novel too, an important person in little Bird's life, as is true for many South African children past and present. The Maid. The other woman, the other mother in our white homes. A woman with a secret life and longings children don't wonder about in their possession of this woman.
Stay tuned for pictures of her, I made her as beautiful as I could, as these women are.
Back to the point though! If you have ever wanted to write, or are already writing, consider spending a magical morning with Máire and the dolls house in the setting of an Art Exhibition. You will be surrounded by art above and beyond the doll's house itself, including work from 2 other artists. Certainly, there will be enough visual stimulation to inspire novels.
Residency Show, 5th April to 12th April 2018 (note: date change)
Please save the date to visit our group residency show from April 5th to April 12th at Greatmore Art studios, Woodstock, Cape Town. Im hoping to be announcing other little happenings in connection with this show during this period, so stay tuned!
You are also invited to the opening on the 5th April at 6pm. I hope to see some of my people there!
Sold! and Sold! Thank you so much to those who came to the ART ATTACK this weekend, it was great catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I'm delighted to have sold 2 out of 4 pieces, not a bad result. Thank you Ann Gollifer and Sanitas for hosting the event, I look forward to the next pop up in the new year.
I will be offering a 60% + discount on the following paintings this weekend, at the Sanitas @Linnaeus Art Attack. Crisimoose Special! 2 days only. Besides myself, there will be a bunch of local artists there, so do pop in and catch a bargain. On sale: Tree: Look up, About the hair 1 & 2 and The good shepherd hair Saloon.
The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg is pleased to host the celebration week of Ekupholeny's 20 years of healing, combining exhibitions, live music, documentary screenings and book reading to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of Healing of EKUPHOLENI.
The art exhibition was opened yesterday night. Amazing pieces of artwork of a group of 5 artists and talented internationally recognised musicians performing a live jazz show ( Ann Masina, Dan Selsick, Tlale Makhene ) !! The Exhibition will stay up until the 21st August !! 25 % of the sold artwork will be directed to support Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma Center activities !
He was born in 1983, in the Democratic Republic of Congo,he actualy lives and works between Congo and south Africa. He is finalist from the Fine Art Institute of Lubumbashi, Painter, Sculptor, he also does installation, art performance.
In this series I got interested in focusing on portraits and much exactly the look that brings these children, the Look of memories, the look of hope and the desire to live, looks that point you in this challenge society, what future?
He was born in 1971 on the farm Makriel in the Ghanzi District of Botswana. He joined the Kuru Art Project in 1992. Together with the Kuru Art Project Thamae's work has been exhibited worldwide and has been reproduced in the Kuru Art Calender and other publications.
She is a South African, resident of Botswana. She has lived and worked in Gaborone since 2000.
She is a permanent resident of Botswana. She has lived and worked in Gaborone since 1985.
Ann Gollifer is represented by the Everard read Gallery, Johannesburg.
He is an African artist born in South Africa as an artist. First recipient of the Reinhold Cassirer Award (2011) supported by Nadine Gordimer at the Bag Factory Artists Studio, South Africa. Recipient of the Robert Sterling Clark Fellowship Award (2013).
Other activities will celebrate the 20 years of Ekupholeni: check the program:http://www.alliance.org.za/Branches/Johannesburg/LiveFrench.aspx
A great opening last night, the Botswana collective was very warmly received. Met so many interesting artists and gallery owners. What a fantastic venue, well worth the visit, the fair continues on to Sunday afternoon.
CLOUDS GATHER ART-BOTSWANA 2014, a collective of artists will be showing selected works at the TURBINE ART FAIR.
Stand: B1 Turbine Art Fair, 17-20/7/14
Turbine Hall, 65 Ntembi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
My Botswana portraits can now be viewed @Linnaeus at Sanitas. Access through the tea garden. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am to 4.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/Sanitas.Nursery.and.Garden.Centre
Wow! What a night! A HUGE Thanks to all whom came to the opening, it was a phenomenal gathering, a warm and fuzzy reminder of what a great community we have. MOM! thank you for driving all the way to be there. Sharon Dutton, you spoke brilliantly just as I knew you would. Aldo, thanks for the flowers! SOPHIE! you outdid yourself and have added a whole new dimension to the art world, a big congratulations to you. Am so happy to report that 7 pieces found the perfect homes. Opening night sales? quite a feat. The chalk wall is something to see, wow...and wow...
So, acres of bubble wrap and kilometers of tape later, paintings are ready to go to the gallery. I have to question the wisdom of large scale canvases....note to self! The framed pieces are all sensible though, and looking so stunning! well done Gallery Anne, you did a great job with that! Am astounded that I have amassed 35 pieces for this showing. Excited!
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