Auguries by Karin Lijnes
Sep
26
to 19 Oct

Auguries by Karin Lijnes

Working with a wide range of materials from paper to perspex, argon to clay, Karin Lijnes’s latest exhibition continues her examination into formation and representation of female identity within a rampant consumer culture.   Read more here

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Pixel by UCT School of Architecture
Oct
3
to 26 Oct

Pixel by UCT School of Architecture

Imagine a building made of bricks. Now imagine each brick to be a pixel. We could vary the colour, we could vary the texture, we could vary the spacing, or how far from the surface of the wall each brick protrudes or recedes. Imagined this way the wall becomes a surface full of possibilities. READ MORE

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Jill Trappler - Reverberation
Oct
24
to 19 Nov

Jill Trappler - Reverberation

JILL TRAPPLER , REVERBERATION

Jill Trappler sees her work like water. Fluid, yet caught between earth and sky - it flows as narrative - finding its way into vision and image. In creating this exhibition, Trappler was confronted by a deep central thread of echoes and reflections - an ongoing interplay of effect and resonance running through her past and current work. READ MORE HERE

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PORTRAIT 100
Aug
24
to 21 Sep

PORTRAIT 100

PORTRAIT 100: The Sanlam Portrait Awards 2019

24.08.2019 -
19.09.2019

AVA is excited to be hosting 60 of the top 100 entries of this years Sanlam Portrait Awards. Launched in 2013 the Sanlam Portrait Award is a biennial competition that aims to increase public awareness and appreciation for the art of portraiture.

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AVA Installation Crew Training Programme Open Call
Aug
15
to 01 Oct

AVA Installation Crew Training Programme Open Call

AVA Installation Crew Training Programme Open Call

Are you interested in learning the skills required to professionally install an art exhibition?

After a successful pilot programme run in 2018-2019, AVA is looking for motivated, enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in arts and culture to apply for the first official run of the Installation Crew Training Programme 2019-2020. Read more here

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AGM 2019 and Board Nomination
Aug
15
to 18 Sep

AGM 2019 and Board Nomination

AVA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6pm, Main Gallery


Public address: Introducing the AVA 50 Celebrations with Mary Corrigall, Kim Gurney and Heeten Bhagat

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on 18 September 2019. Most importantly, this year, we will conduct a public election of a maximum of three new board members and the possible re-election of current board members. Anyone is welcome to sit in on AGM proceedings, and all paid-up AVA members may nominate and vote. Nomination forms and details of the process will be can be found here.

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FEMFLEKTA719 - Kilmany-Jo Liversage
Jul
4
to 15 Aug

FEMFLEKTA719 - Kilmany-Jo Liversage

FEMFLEKTA719 by Kilmany-Jo Liversage

04.07.2019 -
15.08.2019

Operating within the framework of ‘urban contemporary’, Liversage has incorporated aspects of street art into her practice – considerable scale, a predilection for working outside and, most significantly, the custom of tagging.

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The Ocean of Limitlessness - Abdus Salaam (EXTENDED)
May
2
to 15 Jun

The Ocean of Limitlessness - Abdus Salaam (EXTENDED)

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The Ocean of Limitlessness - Abdus Salaam

Abdus Salaam is a self-taught, multi-medium artist who works primarily with experimental and progressive classical forms of darkroom photography and oil paint on unconventional materials.

Salaam's latest body of photography work is made entirely in the dark, with light forming a collection of abstract darkroom “light paintings". Using light, chemicals, photo paper and spontaneous, intuitive and instinctual gestures, each of Salaam's paintings are based on a unique intention as in “The Ocean of Limitlessness”, the poem that he places central in his exhibition. 

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Baggage, A Metaphoric Mnemonic - Michael Chitter (EXTENDED)
May
2
to 15 Jun

Baggage, A Metaphoric Mnemonic - Michael Chitter (EXTENDED)

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Baggage, A Metaphoric Mnemonic - Michael Chitter

Working with a combination of natural materials such as clay, charcoal and shellac, and combining these with synthetic substances, painter Michael Chitter creates richly layered, textured canvases. Throughout his extensive career Chitter has delved deeply into both his own family history and the history of land displacement in South Africa, to create landscapes that evoke a strong emotional response from the viewer. 

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Bacchus and Boda Boda -  Richard Ketley
May
2
to 30 May

Bacchus and Boda Boda - Richard Ketley

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Bacchus and Boda Boda - Richard Ketley

Inspired by his travels to various Africa cities Richard Ketley’s latest body of work is a continued response to the vibrant and salubrious life of these cities. Ketley's works are abstract responses rendered in oil and charcoal on translucent mediums, which allow the drawing to remain within the painting.

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Three -  St John Fuller, Stefan Louw & Gardi Coetser 
Apr
6
to 26 Apr

Three - St John Fuller, Stefan Louw & Gardi Coetser 

Three - St. John Fuller, Gardi Coetser, Stefan Louw

Three, a title used for its simplicity. A straightforward heading giving space to each photographer to bring forth a subject that has captured their imagination. 

St.John Fuller’s Oracles-series explores the notion of who is an activist and what do they do? Often these people are everyday people that find themselves compelled to act. Stefan Louw’s The Bushman and the Praying Mantis-series brings forth an insight into an understanding of the world that is just on our doorsteps, but which is quickly being lost.  Finally, Gardi Coetser’s Kameeldoringboom-collection offers a quiet contemplation on the wonders of a tree that seems to stand in defiance of a harsh environment. 

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The In-Between - Sonya Rademeyer
Apr
6
to 26 Apr

The In-Between - Sonya Rademeyer

The In-Between - Sonya Rademeyer

Through the action of gestural drawing Sonya Rademeyer explores the in-between spaces,  visualizing the invisibility of the space between Self and Other.

Placing her work at the intersection of art, science and consciousness Rademeyer seeks to visualize empathy. Her interest in exploring empathy is a direct result of having previously worked as an ICU nurse. Likening the in-between to an imaginary geographical space between self and Other, it is within the boundaries of this space that the fragility of empathy might be visualized.

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A Brief History of the Horizon - Renée Holleman 
Apr
5
to 26 Apr

A Brief History of the Horizon - Renée Holleman 

A Brief History of the Horizon- Renée Holleman 

Renée Holleman's latest body of work aims to examine space, both real and imaginary, in the representation and mapping of land and landscape in South Africa and on the African continent at large. While the work is primarily photographic, it includes elements of painting and installation, unified by three visual devices: the horizon, the road and the boundary.

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Artist Walk About With Eris Silke
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Walk About With Eris Silke

Join us for coffee and a walkabout with Philip Todres and Eris Silke on Saturday 9 March, 11am in the Long Gallery.

Eris Silke was born in Hungary and grew up in Israel. She is a self-taught artist and has been painting since the age of five. She obtained a degree in psychology from University of the Witswatersrand (Johannesburg), and then moved to Cape Town. She has been practising as a professional artist for forty years.

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Eris Silke  - The Dress-Up Party
Feb
28
to 23 Mar

Eris Silke  - The Dress-Up Party

Eris Silke  - The Dress-Up Party
Long Gallery

Eris Silke was born in Hungary and grew up in Israel. She is a self-taught artist and has been painting since the age of five.  She obtained a degree in psychology from University of the Witswatersrand (Johannesburg), and then moved to Cape Town. She has been practising as a professional artist for forty years.

“It’s never been easy to meaningfully connect with people. My paintings are my way of expressing myself. Expressing the ‘real’ me… My inner landscape is often dark and inaccessible to those less introverted than myself. Still, I can not deny myself to compromise on the level of my inner authenticity in regard to my art.”

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Odette Graskie  - The Sorrows
Feb
28
to 23 Mar

Odette Graskie  - The Sorrows

Odette Graskie  - The Sorrows
Mezzanine Gallery

Odette Graskie presents The Sorrows, an interactive exhibition of drawings and installation based artwork.

Sorrow (n.)
(1) An unspoken intensity of feeling
(2) A spark of transcendence that punctuates the flat-lining banality of everyday life 
(3) A healthy ache that reminds you your body exists. 

These bodies are a dance of humanity, and each form contains its own possible story as it mingles with the others. They explore man’s existence in relation to forms that could be human too. The Sorrows are sometimes tragic and other times entirely silly. While one may look like he is doing a handstand, he might also be strung up by his feet. The work embodies the frail existence we all have as humans. 

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Formally Known As 
Feb
28
to 23 Mar

Formally Known As 

Formally Known As 
Curated by Motlalepula Phukubje
Main Gallery

FKA is a representation of the collective reflections of 6 POC womxn, and 2018 Michaelis School of Fine Art graduates. Individually, each work uniquely expresses each artist's personal response to the phrase, contemplating and materialising her own paths of deconstruction/reconstruction, in and outside of the institution that became known as ‘FKA Michaelis'. The collection of works subtly assesses and reflects on each artist's years at the institution. It allows the group a space to re-engage with notions of "who we are", "who we were", "what is" and "what was". 


Bulumko Mbete
Kim Karabo Makin
LegakwanaLeo Makgekgenene
Lebapalo Tsiki
Malwande Mthethwa
Savannah Summers
Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa
Larissa Mwanya

 

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Anthony Lee Martin - Grafica Sul do Save
Feb
28
to 23 Mar

Anthony Lee Martin - Grafica Sul do Save

Anthony Lee Martin - Grafica Sul do Save
New Media Room

Filmmaker turned printmaker, Anthony Lee Martin presents the intimate story of Grafica Sul do Save, a letterpress printing shop in Inhambane, Mozambique. Martin fell instantly in love with the medium of printmaking and knew that he wanted to help tell the story of the shop and the people who run it. 

Making the prints was an intricate process. We initially needed to decided on the page layout, font and design. Once these were in place we made begun making test prints in order to set every individual letter at the correct depth for the best print result. In the end each of the final 50 A4 prints were passed through the press twice.  This process took a full day and I believe we managed to create something timeless that holds much more weight than the mere paper it was printed on….

My hope is that people may feel the same encouragement, strengthening and comfort as they interact with the film, and the prints. And who knows maybe a couple of people will want one of the prints we made to be with them in their homes. 

 

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Mihloti Ya Wansati. Women’s Tears
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Mihloti Ya Wansati. Women’s Tears

From within a deep silence and solid materiality, sound and movement begin to emerge.

There are the voices of women calling, chanting and replying, bodies within cloaks.

The elements of water, air, earth and fire are called and activated.  

Drumming and music follow and flow, activating the dance of the elements.

Bringing union and closure to these forces, the cloaks disengage, become silent and retreat.


Artists and performers  Traub Adler and Lizette Chirrime will present their first collaborative performance titled Mihloty ya Wansaty (Women’s Tears) outside the AVA on Friday 15th at 7:15 pm

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Between Subject and Object
Feb
15
11:30 AM11:30

Between Subject and Object

A Conversation between Patrick Bongoy, Malika Ndlovu and Deirdre Prins-Solani

Friday 15 February, 11.30 - 12.15, AVA Gallery.

As part of the ICTAF VIP Programme

Visual artist Patrick Bongoy and performance poet and writer Malika Ndlovu have been collaborating on various art projects over the past three years including Patrick's current solo exhibition at AVA Gallery. These two artists will host a public conversation about their resonances with the idea of subject and object, how they approach the relationship between imagery, story or meaning within their individual visual art and poetry mediums. Deirdre Prins-Solani, a fellow creative and an international expert on Intangible Heritage, who describes herself as a Memory-maker, Storyteller and Archive, adds another lens to the discussion

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Patrick Bongoy - Remains
Jan
17
to 21 Feb

Patrick Bongoy - Remains

Patrick Bongoy, born in DRC but living and working in Cape Town, explores the medium of recycled rubber, transforming it into intricate installations and sculptural works.  In this latest body of work, he continues to explore the overarching themes of migration and alienation through the loss of one's homeland, as well as and the resulting effects on both identity and culture.

“In particular in this exhibition, I am zoning in on the specific aspects of  dehumanisation that takes place when people, and entire communities, are plagued by toxic historical narratives,  socio-political violations and rapidly degrading physical environments.”

- Patrick Bongoy, 2019


'Remains’,  Bongoy's second solo exhibition in South Africa, opens this Thursday, 6 pm, at the AVA Gallery. The project is a collaboration with EBONY/CURATED.

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Cape Town Salon 2018/2019
Dec
6
to 12 Jan

Cape Town Salon 2018/2019

A colourful summer show for collectors, first-time buyers, visitors and all art-lovers: The Cape Town Salon is on show from 6 December to 12 January 2019. This year we will collaborate with Artist Proof Studio for a salon show rich in print work. Visit the AVA for a mix of painting, photography, sculpture, print, jewellery and mixed-media work, and lounge at the gallery for cake and coffee from Mozart on Church - true Parisian salon style!

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