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May 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

First Thursday at Keyes

2nd Floor

Mix Bar

V is for Vinyl

1st Floor (atrium Level) 

Gallery 1 – The Pegasus Shop

Nike

Atrium

Night of 1000 drawings 

Let your creativity run wild and join us for the second Night of 1000 Drawings Doodle Sessions at Keyes Art Mile as part of First Thursdays on 4 May. 

Bring your friends and sketch, draw or paint your interpretation of “the vibrant African Market place – everyone’s welcome”. Be inspired by the mural Ubuntu Flux by Mark Modimola, one of the winners of the Amex ZA Graphic Arts Challenge, which is currently being painted on the outside of the Keyes Art Mile building (sponsored by American Express). And see if you can spot any of the other Amex ZA Graphic Arts Challenge winners’ works dotted throughout the Keyes Art Mile. 

All levels are welcome, and proceeds from the sale of your drawings will go to charities supported by Night of 1000 Drawings. Entry is free.

BAR

MIX BAR 

Annex

Origin Art 

Exhibition – Threads of Identity

Artists – Bulumko Mbete, Frans Thoka, Ntate Phakela and Pamela Sana King Mavuso

Origin Art is proud to present a group show that explores the shared experiences, histories, and traditions that connect the work of four South African artists: Bulumko Mbete, Frans Thoka, Ntate Phakela and Pamela Sana King Mavuso. The theme of identity is woven throughout each artist’s practice, which is rooted in their personal histories, cultural backgrounds, and creative processes.

Street Level

BKhz  

Exhibition – Liguqubele iZulu,

Artist Sethembile Msezane

BKhz Gallery is thrilled to present Sethembile Msezane’s latest exhibition, Liguqubele iZulu, a thought-provoking exploration of the human experience through a journey of self-reflection and emotional discovery. Msezane’s monochromatic paintings take on the shape of cloud formations, representing a fog of darkness, release through rainstorms, and even a floating lightness. The exhibition intricately interweaves the physical and spiritual realms, in grappling with various forms of loss. “A forecast of difficult times ahead- an intrusive message that’s hard to prepare for. The body of work Liguqubele iZulu reflects upon the personal challenges that were to come as communicated between realms of the physical and spiritual”, explained Msezane.

This work is a reflection of the artist’s personal experience during a challenging period between late 2017 to 2021. The monochromatic paintings capture the essence of different seasons, reflecting on the changing cycles of nature in relation to the fragility of human emotions. Some of the works are imbued with rainwater, plants used in snuff, and air through breathwork that created unique patterns on the delicate, porous canvas. “Ultimately, in fusing the healing that I found in landscapes as well as waterscapes was the message of surrender. Sometimes, I reflect, this is what I could have done when it started raining.” Through accepting loss, acknowledging anger, and meditating through fragility, Msezane discovered a deeper understanding of these climates that echoed the seasons of her own experience. The exhibition is a grappling of the artist’s emotional, mental, and spiritual state during this period, inviting viewers to contemplate their own journey of seasons and emotions. Join us for an immersive experience of reflection and contemplation as we explore an overcast sky through the eyes of Sethembile Msezane.

The exhibition promises to be a deeply moving and thought-provoking journey that will leave you inspired and enriched.

 

Okapi 

Open for Luxurious, artisanal leather goods entirely handmade in Africa from sustainably sourced local material.

True Design 

Local Grown

Exhibition in collaboration with Art Room

Parking Lot 

Amex Mural painting