Caryn Scrimgeour, Falling Slowly, 2018

It’s all about art and craft this week, with exhibition openings across the country as well as the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. 


Back for its ninth edition, the 2018 Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (SHmC) will take place in Johannesburg from October 12 – 14. The rooftop of Hyde Park Corner will welcome 120 exhibitors, each a master in the art of making.

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, October 12 – 14

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Goodman Gallery Johannesburg presents William Kentridge’s new exhibition KABOOM! The exhibit which largely draws on work produced for two recent performance projects by William Kentridge backdropped by war: the critically acclaimed The Head & the Load, which premiered at London’s Tate Modern in July, and the celebrated 2017 production of Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck.

William Kentridge: KABOOM!, October 13, 10am

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Everard Read Johannesburg presents two openings this week with Feu Sacré (Sacred Fire) by French artist Guy Ferrer and ‘n Goeie Dag vir ‘n Slag (A Bloodriver/Ncome Monument) by Johan Stegmann. Stegmann will be exhibiting fine charcoal drawings and hardground etchings.

Everard Read Openings, October 11

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Johan Stegmann, Defeat at Isandlwana, 2018

Cape Town

Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers and Consultants will host their October auction Important South African & International Art, Decorative Arts & Jewellery on October 15. With a focus on South African landscape artists such as Kentridge, Pierneef and Skotnes as well as important works by visionary collectors this is an opportunity not to be missed by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Strauss & Co Auction Preview, October 12 – 14

Everard Read/CIRCA presents My Borrowed Life an exhibition of new paintings by Caryn Scrimgeour. Working in a photo-realist style, Scrimgeour’s work is reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still life painting and the comparison can also be drawn with her use of symbolism. As with the Golden Age Masters, Scrimgeour uses ephemeral objects, for example – bubbles, blossoms – to remind us of fragility.

My Borrowed Life, October 11, 6:30pm

Caryn Scrimgeour, The Terrible Misunderstanding, 2018


Kwazulu Natal Society for the Visual Arts Gallery presents Spoils of a Creative Forage, an exhibition by Durban-based artist Grace Kotze. It tells the story of Kotze’s present creative meanderings as she moves through her visual and emotional surrounds. Kotze’s exhibitions usually consist of a very limited subject base through which she explores her concerns.

Spoils of a Creative Forage, October 10, 5:30pm

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Durban’s Alliance Francaise presents So Chef! 2018. Chef Jean Alexandre Galmar from the restaurant Au Cherry in Saint Denis is back in Durban for a celebration of French cuisine with a South African twist. Events include an immersive food experience as you can eat along with the protagonists of the french flm Comme un chef (2011).

So Chef! October 11 – 13

Port Elizabeth

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is hosting the public exhibition opening of Mother Tongue, which examines the influence of traditional Xhosa fashion on contemporary design. Featuring the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s important collection of traditional Southern Nguni beadwork and textiles alongside selected works by the internationally celebrated textile designer Laduma Ngxokolo.

Mother Tongue, October 9, 5:30pm

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