Keyes Art Mile

 19 Keyes Ave, Rosebank Johannesburg South Africa , Rosebank & The Parks     updated 16 Feb 2018
created 26 Aug 2016

Within walking distance of the malls of Rosebank, at the corner of Jan Smuts and Jellicoe Avenues, is the start of Keyes Art Mile, an exciting development that has revitalised a formerly quiet street and created an art and design hub. The first phase of Keyes Art Mile is the Trumpet building (opened late August 2016), an impressive contemporary space, with galleries, chic design stores and cafés opening out onto the street, a vast atrium that is curated as a gallery space and upstairs a cluster of slick restaurants and bars.

Once the humdrum headquarters of a major petrol company Keyes Art Mile is now one of the hottest spots in Joburg, and attracts around 2000 people on the first Thursday of every month to its First Thursdays street parties where food trucks and pop-up bars are set up in the street and the galleries host free events.

Flanked by wild olive trees, Trumpet’s towering architecture is the work of StudioMAS who designed the landmark Circa Gallery building next door which is encased in a series of soaring metal fins.

On any day the rhombus-shaped Trumpet building is a busy space with a cool African-retro styled pavement café Milk Bar, an American burger bar BGR and the ultra-stylish rooftop Marble grill restaurant (which also has its own exclusive butchery downstairs). Mesh Club, a sexy members- only club with a cocktail bar (open to the public from 16:00) is crammed full of impressive contemporary art and also has a pop-up rooftop bar Upstairs at Mesh co-run by one of Joburg’s leading contemporary art galleries Gallery MOMO.

At Circa and Everard Read gallery impressive temporary exhibitions by leading South African artists await, while at SMAC Gallery you can find edgy contemporary fine art, installation and photography exhibitions. Meanwhile fashion and design are also a big attraction with stores like Shelflife, who specialise in limited edition, rare and exclusive collectable sneakers by a range of cult brands, South African luxury accessories brand Okapi and design studio Anatomy.


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Events at this venue

Wednesday Feb 21 2018 [...] Talking Art at Keyes - Michael MacGarry with Lunetta Bartz Thursday Mar 1 2018 [...] First Thursdays Rosebank Saturday Mar 24 2018 [...] The Pantry Market at Keyes

Associated Venues

The Butchery by Marble (temporarily closed)

 Trumpet, 19 Keyes Ave (cnr Jellicoe Ave), Rosebank


 Keyes Art Mile (Trumpet building), cnr Keyes and Jellicoe Aves, Rosebank


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