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Lady Skollie joins June’s Keyes Thursdays
Hot on the heels of last week’s blazing opening of Good and Evil at CIRCA Gallery, Lady Skollie will be joining the like-minded art and music loving community that will gather under streetlight for Keyes Thursdays on 6 June 2019.
If you’d like to meet the Joburg-based artist, this Thursday is your opportunity to do so.
Lady Skollie will be in the gallery until 20h30, surrounded by her most recent works, which set about confronting and breaking taboos, and engaging with topics, which many find controversial. Good and Evil will not disappoint. The exhibition graphically focuses our attention squarely on matters of gender, sex, lust, greed, consent and control.
Also at CIRCA is Teresa Firmino’s The War at Home, a series of paintings that form part of the artist’s ongoing project on the ‘Rewriting of History’. Firmino looks into the hidden and known stories in her own family and community, revealing them in carefully constructed interior scenes. These stories range from personal experiences to greater historical events and present themselves as possibilities for the viewer to reimagine their own histories within them.
Still at street level, this month’s Limited Edition Print Pop Up will host LL Editions – a collaboration between Master Printer Leshoka Joe Legate and an exciting group of well known and emerging South African artists, including Asanda Kupa, Amy van den Bergh, Andrew Tshabangu, Sam Nhlengthwa, Wayne Barker, Blessing Ngobeni, David Koloane and Colbert Mashile, amongst others.
One level up, TMRW Gallery presents The Invisible Exhibition – an exciting showcase of five virtual reality performances and ten augmented reality artworks produced by a team of leading South African artists during Season Five of William Kentridge’s collaborative multi-disciplinary art platform, The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Participating artists include William Kentridge, Marcus Neustetter, Blessing Ngobeni, Lady Skollie, Sue Pam-Grant, Sylvaine Strike, Siyabonga Mthembu, Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Janus Fouché and Jonah Sack.
Urban Gaze is showing in The Atrium – as well as an exhibition 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 features 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.
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 www.howler.co.za/keyesartmile
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.