Holiday art highlights: Wed, Dec 14 – Wed, Dec 21, 2022

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After December 16 – the Day of Reconciliation – Joburg's pace starts to slow, the city quietens and many galleries close for the holidays. Our holiday exhibitions guide ensures you won't get caught planning a date or solo visit only to arrive and find the gallery closed.

For a full guide to what’s on in Joburg, check out our online events calendar and subscribe to our weekly newsletter published every Thursday morning. 

From left to right: Chris Soal, detail of A tale for the time being, 2021, Bamboo toothpicks held in polyurethane sealant on ripstop fabric and board; Detail of Keiskamma Art Project's Covid-19 Resilience Tapestry; Po.Box. weight of, 2022,  Jean David Nkot, Acrylic, silkscreen on canvas.

Last chance to see

Until Thu, Dec 15 – Delve into the artist books of Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Julie Chen at the Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Art's Creative Research exhibition.
Until Sun, Dec 18 – Cameroonian-artist Jean David Nkot's immense paintings are on show at The Melrose Gallery with Corps de P@ges. Melrose Arch also has the grandest display of Festive lights so plan a visit to take in both. 

Closed from Fri, Dec 23

Until Sat, Dec 24 – Walk among Anton Smit's sculptures with Colossal  at Nelson Mandela Square. The Square is also the venue for free concerts over the holiday season. See Festive Live info here.
Until Jan 21, 2023  – Goodman Gallery present A Different Now is Close Enough to Exhale on You, a group exhibition curated by writer Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.

Closed on public holidays

Until Tue, Jan 31, 2023 – Meditate on sculpture with the group exhibition A Quiet Focus at NIROX Sculpture Park.
Until Mar 2023 – Get lost in Keiskamma Art Project's intricate tapestries at Constitution Hill with their astounding exhibition Umaf’ evuka, nje ngenyanga.
Until Sep 2023 – Watch as virtual reality art transforms Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens with the exhibition Seeing the Invisible.

If you're wondering what else to do this week read our festive events guide.

Epic, 2009, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Graphite on paper


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