Would you believe that it’s August already? We are powering through the year at a monstrous pace and with the arrival of a new month comes another First Thursday. Here are our picks of the events and exhibitions to get yourself down to this First Thursday.

Cape Town

Growing to another sun by Anna van der Ploeg at SMITH

Anna van der Ploeg returns to SMITH with Growing to another sun, her second solo exhibition following several group shows and a residency in Japan.

The collection is a multi-disciplinary offering featuring oil painting monotypes, carved wooden blocks and sculpture. The exhibition will run until the 25th of August.

The Debt Collector by George Hallett at Gallery MOMO

Gallery MOMO will present a collection of works by photographer George Hallett at their new temporary space at Speakers Corner. Hallett was born and raised in District Six, and his exhibition features two series – District Six and Exiles – archive figures, communities, and events that would otherwise be lost or obscured from the public psyche. The Debt Collector will run until the 31st of August.


On Common Ground: David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane at Goodman Gallery

On Common Ground marks a historic moment as the work of two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, are being exhibited side-by-side for the first time. This unmissable exhibition runs until the 18th August.

Bad Men with Big Chickens by Christopher Steenkamp at Priest Gallery

This series is centred around a dystopian portrait and more specifically, a study of the personalities that people these fictive spaces. The characters who comprise and fuel these brutal landscapes fascinate Steenkamp, Bad Men with Big Chickens is that fascination made manifest. The collection is a long-form interview with these ‘Bad Men’ and their insatiable obsession with resources.

Opening image courtesy of Anna van der Ploeg