Converted from an old residential house that is thought to date back to the first decades of the 20th Century, TwilSharp Studios is located in one of Joburg's oldest suburbs, Betrams. Betrams is filled with historic homes and mature jacaranda trees, but in recent years has gained a poor reputation for grime. Among Betrams' most famous former residents is the world famous artist William Kentridge, who grew up here.
TwilSharp is named for the company founded by the house's former owners the Pragers. Twil-Sharp Pty Ltd manufactured grindstones and sandpaper and somewhat unusually in 1958 Mr Prager began to build workshops on the property. While some of the building's charming older features like its brass taps and iron radiators have been removed, much of the original architecture remains, such as the bay windows, wooden doors and pressed metal ceilings, lending the space an olde world charm. Further more the building's mature gardens, which include a babmboo grove, are an oasis of calm.
Exhibitions showcase the work of a mix of both established and emerging artists and up-and-coming curators are given a chance to experiment as well. Artists that have exhibited at TwilSharp Studios include Jemma Kahn, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Allen Laing and Wayne Barker.
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Open 09:00–17:00 by prior arrangement - call ahead to arrange a visit. Closed Sun.