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Keyes Thursdays brings urban photography and print pop ups to life

At Keyes Thursdays on 2 May 2019, visitors to Keyes Art Mile will be the first to enjoy the much anticipated Urban Gaze exhibition – which opens earlier that evening in The Atrium – as well as a showcase of work by established South African photographer, Musa Nxumalo.

Run by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Urban Gaze is a photography competition that aims to open up space for emerging photographers and create a database of images to use in the GCRO’s research publications and online platforms.

The exhibition – which provides a fascinating, deep and intimate focus on the places, people, issues and elements that make up the Gauteng City-Region – will feature photographs by the shortlisted entrants, alongside the overall winner and five winners in each of the competition’s categories: Histories and Futures, Place and Movement, Economy and Economic Life, Sustainability and the Environment, and A Province and Its People.

Once again, Keyes Thursdays is also hosting a pop up shop of affordable and collectible limited edition prints. This time, Maboneng’s David Krut Projects will exhibit original artworks from Colbert Mashile, Nina Torr, Rhett Martyn, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Robyn Penn, Maja Maljevic, Pebofatso Mokoena, Stephen Hobbs and Bronwen Findlay, amongst others.

The third exhibition in the Keyes Thursdays programme for this month is TMRW Gallery’s VR art experience by Olivie Keck,  which sees Keck’s new works brought vividly to life using virtual reality technology.

The live band playing at this month’s Keyes Thursday is Swazi Cartell and the DJ filling the evening with more sound will be DJ Boisanza. Paella, pizza, hot dogs, sushi and burritos make up the menu, while The Union Pop Up Bar and Mix Cocktail Bar serve drinks throughout the evening. Guests can also head to Afrikoa Cafe for coffee, chocolate and champagne – all perfect accompaniments to art-browsing.

Fast facts – everything you need to know

When is Keyes Thursdays?

Keyes Thursdays takes place on the first Thursday of every month (except for January) and runs from 17h30 – 22h00.


Where is Keyes Thursdays?

Trumpet Building on Keyes Art Mile  (21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg) and flows out onto Keyes Avenue, which is specially closed off to traffic for the evening.


What is Keyes Thursdays?

Keyes Thursdays is a multifaceted celebration of the arts, street food adventures, pop-up and gallery spaces and live music. It is a recurring monthly event for people to gather for an evening of street-styled conviviality – surrounded by food trucks, live music and exhibitions. The evening was created as part of Keyes Art Mile’s  ongoing commitment to creating a precinct that places the showcasing and support of art at its heart.


How much are the tickets and where do I purchase them from?

The first 600 online tickets are FREE to ensure that the event is accessible to all and the balance of the tickets are well-priced at R65 online or R95 on the night at the gate. To buy tickets, go to


When do tickets go on sale?  

The week following each Keyes Thursdays.


Can we bring our own food and drink to First Thursdays?



Which shops, galleries and restaurants will be open?  

SMAC, TMRW Gallery, Mesh Club and Mix Cocktail Bar, Marble, MomoKuro, BGR,

Afrikoa Cafe and Okapi all extend their opening hours for Keyes

Thursdays. There is always an exhibition in The Atrium, so visitors can view this too.