At the contemporary landmark development Keyes Art Mile (corner Keyes Avenue and Jellicoe Avenue) there's a street party atmosphere with a section of the road closed off to traffic so that food trucks, pop-up bars and a small stage for live performances can be set up on the street. Meanwhile a few blocks down Jan Smuts Avenue on Joburg’s Art Gallery Row, drop by for exhibition launches and artist walkabouts at leading galleries such as Gallery2, Lizamore & Associates and David Krut Projects and hang out at one of the bars and restaurants clustered around Bolton Corner such as Coalition, Saigon Suzy or Bolton Road Collection.
April 2019 First Thursdays Rosebank Highlights:Keyes Thursdays
Rosebank's biggest monthly party, the Keyes Thursdays event promises cool pop-up bars, DJs and live music, plenty of food trucks and interesting pop-up stores as well as the chance to enjoy new exhibitions at the Keyes Art Mile galleries SMAC Gallery and TMRW Gallery. To prevent over-crowding the event is ticketed (tickets cost R65 online) with the first 600 tickets free.
The Artists' Press Pop Up at Keyes Thursdays
Keyes Art Mile hosts a pop-up art print shop by The Artists' Press who specialise in fine art print works by leading local artists. The pop-up shop is also open on Fri Apr 5 and Sat Apr 6 10:00-16:00.
Holding Still portraiture exhibition at SMAC Gallery
Catch this excellent group exhibition at Keyes Art Mile with the gallery staying open late for Keyes Thursdays. Dedicated entirely to portraiture the exhibition features work by top contemporary artists including painters Georgina Gratrix and Kate Gottgens, as well as mid-20th Century masters such as Gerard Sekoto, Peter Clarke and Alexis Preller.
Vertical Presence - The Sculpture of Edoardo Villa
The atrium of Keyes Art Mile's landmark Trumpet building is the venue for a remarkable exhibition of 18 impressive sculptures by the late great Edoardo Villa.
Elsa Bleda - Memories of Dreams
See Elsa Bleda's haunting photography exhibition Memories of Dreams at digital art gallery TMRW where there is also a special performance by violinist Waldo Luc Alexander.
Gina Waldman - Cattivo Gusto at Mesh Club and Mix cocktail bar
Don't miss Gina Waldman's latest collection of large scale works on display at Mesh Club and the Mix cocktail bar. Waldman's distinctive style combines aspects of weaving, gold thread, embroidery, sculpture, collage and installation.
Exhibition opening Small Room at Priest Gallery
From 18:00 Priest Gallery at the Priest coffee shop (142 Jan Smuts Ave) hosts the launch of its new group exhibition Small Room.
Surface and Depth by Danielle Malherbe and Laurel Holmes at Gallery 2
An exhibition of new works by painters Danielle Malherbe and Laurel Holmes themed around the physical attributes of water goes on show at Gallery2 at 138 Jan Smuts Avenue. Artist and academic Gordon Froud will be talking about the exhibition from 18:00.