On the second Saturday morning of every month Rosebank's Keyes Art Mile, Joburg’s most stylish art and design hub, throws open its doors inviting you in to gallery spaces, chic stores, cafés, rooftop bars and the uber-sophisticated Mesh Club for the Art and Design Saturdays event with a variety of artist walkabouts, exhibitions, performances, talks, screenings and book launches taking place throughout the day. Also don't miss the newly-launched Emporium at the Keyes Art Mile landmark Trumpet building, a monthly bespoke, luxury event featuring the work of a carefully selected collection of top art and design creatives.
Highlights of the June Art & Design Saturdays programme include:
Everard Read Gallery and Circa (until 13:00)
The two sister galleries stay open until 13:00 as part of Art & Design Saturdays. At Everard Read check out a new exhibition by street artist Kilmany-Jo Liversage and at Circa look out for an artist walkabout of the group exhibition Forests of the Night exhibition at 10:30.
Mary Sibande at TMRW Gallery (all day)
Frazer Parfum and Nandipha Mntambo Launch (11:30-12:00)
Award-winning artist and sculptor Nandipha Mntambo teams up with master perfumer Tammy Frazer for her new scent Dissonance. The limited edition perfume includes a hand-blown glass bottle by renowned glass blower David Reade, a perfume by Tammy Frazer and two gold-leaf lithographs by Mntambo.
Zanele & Zodwa (14:00-17:00)
The Joburg-based DJ duo are on the decks throughout the afternoon.
The Emporium at Art & Design Saturdays
This month's Emporium is themed The Process and Power of Making and takes a behind the scenes look at the creative process behind some of South Africa’s best artist and design studios.
Mema Designs Talk (10:30-11:00)
Described as “jewellery for architectural spaces”, Mema Designs’ lighting installations are veritable works of art. Lighting designers Sian Elliot and Ari Geva discuss the process behind creating their unique hand-made light installations and chandeliers woven from aluminium fabrics at 10:30.
Jacob van Schalkwyk and Stephens Tapestry Studio Talk (11:30-12:00)
Artist and writer Jacob van Schalkwyk joins Stephens Tapestry Studio founder Marguerite Stephens in conversation about their newest artwork Constraint, a large-scale mohair tapestry made using Swazi mohair. Stephens Tapestry Studio is best-known for translating critically-acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge’s original concepts into intricate tapestries.
Made By Jewellery Workshop (all day)
Local jewellery brand Made By offer a behind-the-scenes look into the art of wax carving with visitors having a chance to also design their own pieces.
David Krut Projects and Workshop Demonstration (all day)
David Kruts Projects and Workshop host a series of demonstrations on a small press, showcasing the complex processes behind woodcut printing and the creation of large-scale artworks, led by master printmaker Jillian Ross. Also on display is the mesmerising large scale woodblock print Lampedusa by William Kentridge from his famous Triumphs and Laments series.