First Sunday at Victoria Yards

Sunday Aug 4 10:00–16:00 …       16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville
Always a fun event, First Sunday at Victoria Yards is an opportunity to explore the beautiful urban gardens, maker spaces, and artist studios at this complex of formerly light industrial buildings on the east side of the City Centre. Located opposite the headquarters of South Africa's most famous chicken brand, Nando's, in the gritty suburb of Lorentzville, Victoria Yards provides a delightful respite from the city that surrounds it. 

First Sunday highlights on Sun, Aug 4

For the upcoming edition of First Sunday, artist Io Makandal will host a walkabout for her striking new public sculpture Ophidian's Promise from 13:00. This eco-duct is Joburg's first. Built out of vintage clay bricks, it bridges the Jukskei River and is intended to foster greater intimacy between humans and nature. It's part of Makandal's greater vision to repair the contaminated Jukskei River through art, civic engagement, and awareness. The walkabout will start at the info kiosk in the main courtyard at Victoria Yards.
Io Makandal's clay brick sculpture Ophidian’s Promise at Victoria Yards is Joburg's first eco-duct. Photo: Alserkal Advisory.

Art, food, fashion, music, and culture at Vic Yards

With its community ethos and bountiful gardens, a visit to Victoria Yards is a highly recommended family outing and a day filled with art, food, fashion, music, and culture.

On First Sunday at Victoria Yards, resident artists open their studio doors to the public, presenting an opportunity to meet the artists and get a look behind the scenes of their creative process. Amongst those you should look out for are prominent artists Daniel "Stompie" Selibe, James Delaney, and Dario Manjate

You can also explore fashion studios, furniture design workshops, and incredible African craft and design shops that are keeping traditional artisanal pottery, wood carving, and beadwork skills alive.

There's also a market with an eclectic range of stalls, plus plenty of food and beverages available, including the excellent Foakes Coffee Bar & Roasterycharcuterie at Curado (opened July 2024) Joburg's best fish and chips The Fish and Chip Shop, and Sobae's refreshing and seasonal sorbet.

Shop handmade crafts, vintage and thrifted clothing, accessible art for a cause, and more. 

Apart from First Sunday, Victoria Yards offers tours of their gardens and artisan studios daily. The history tour and walkabout runs for half an hour and starts at 10:30 daily and, to visit the different artisan studios, join the hour-long tour at 11:00 daily. Otherwise, to organise artist studio visits outside these times, contact Angela on +27 78 477 5810. You can also book a tour and organise a private tour of Victoria Yards with her, for a specific date and time.

Prices start from R50 per person, for a 60-minute tour, and this includes visits to the various studios at Victoria Yards, and a tour of the Jukskei River rehabilitation project. School groups are also accommodated. Groups of up to 16 people can be accommodated per guide.



Mar 3 2024 10:00–16:30
Apr 7 2024 10:00–16:30
May 5 2024 10:00–16:30
Jun 2 2024 10:00–16:30
Jul 7 2024 10:00–16:30
Aug 4 2024 10:00–16:00
Sep 1 2024 10:00–16:30
Oct 6 2024 10:00–16:30
Nov 3 2024 10:00–16:30
Dec 1 2024 10:00–16:30
Victoria Yards
16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville

Price/Additional Info

Entrance is free, along with free secure parking.

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