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December 3, 2014 - Comments Off on Greatest Hits : 2014 curated by Matthew Blackman 29 January – 20 February 2015

Greatest Hits : 2014 curated by Matthew Blackman 29 January – 20 February 2015

Greatest Hits 2014 is a curated exhibition with artworks selected from the Michaelis school of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and Stellenbosch University Graduate exhibitions. Greatest Hits 2014 offers an overview of the local and broader discourses that run through the three schools and reflects the quality of work produced by the graduate students in 2014.

November 19, 2014 - Comments Off on Handspring Puppet Company Event List : Workshops, talks and performances – closed JAN 2015

Handspring Puppet Company Event List : Workshops, talks and performances – closed JAN 2015

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Join Jill Joubert in a step by step puppet making short course at the AVA Gallery. Using the current Handspring Puppet Company exhibition, Fabricate, as a constant visual reference, Joubert will guide puppet enthusiasts to construct their own puppet. All materials are included. No prior puppet making experience needed.

Workshop dates:

Saturday, 15 November Adults Puppet making course 10am - 1pm R200.00

Tuesday, 16 December 10am-1pm Christmas Puppet making Kids workshop (10 years and older) R200.00

Thursday, 18 December 10am-12pm Kids puppet making workshop (6-8 years old) R150.00

Monday, 22 December 6-9pm Adult Christmas Puppet making workshop R200.00

Saturday, 10 January 10am-1pm Kids Puppet making workshop (10 years and older) R200.00

 

Talks: (All talks are free to attend)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 7-8pm - Adrian Kohler chats about the design challenges that faced the creative team behind War Horse

Saturday, 6 December 2014 11am-12pm Manipulation demonstration and talk by Handspring Puppeteers Gabriel Marchand and Mandiseli Maseti

Saturday, 17 January 2015 Walkabout with Handspring Puppet Company artist, Janni Younge

 

Performances : (All performances are free to attend)

Monday, 1 December 2014 7-7:30pm  I love you When you're Breathing: A lecture on puppetry delivered by a puppet.

Thursday, 4 December 2014  6:30pm  Joey the Horse Live (First Thursdays)

 

For more information contact the AVA Gallery : info@ava.co.za 021 424 7436

November 19, 2014 - Comments Off on Solving the Puppet Design Challenges of War Horse – a talk by Adrian Kohler 25 November 2014

Solving the Puppet Design Challenges of War Horse – a talk by Adrian Kohler 25 November 2014

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014, doors open at 19:00
Join Handspring Puppet Company co-founder and artistic director, Adrian Kohler for an illuminating talk on the creative process and challenges that faced the team behind the award-winning production, War Horse.
Booking essential, doors open strictly at 19:00.
For more information contact the AVA Gallery : info@ava.co.za 021 424 7436
Featured image by CJ Chandler Photography

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Skattie Celebrates in partnership with Art South Africa – Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:00

Skattie Celebrates in partnership with Art South Africa – Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:00

 

 

SKATTIE, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? started as platform to share the ups and downs of South African fashion. It has since become a cultural powerhouse, featuring local art, design, fashion and events curated by Malibongwe Tyilo, Visi Magazine’s editor-at-Large. As avid supporters of emerging artists, Tyilo and trend forecaster and fashion blogger, Sandiso Ngubane combined forces to present the second instalment of their SKATTIE CELEBRATES event series, in association with Art South Africa magazine. Sponsors include Spier Wine, Bombay Sapphire Gin and BOS Ice Tea.

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Worldwide Reading in Support of Edward Snowden – Monday, 8 September 2014

Worldwide Reading in Support of Edward Snowden – Monday, 8 September 2014

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden Worldwide reading

Liberty and Recognition for Edward Snowden Worldwide reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVA Gallery, in association with the International Literature Festival Berlin, will host the Cape Town event of the Worldwide Reading in support of Edward Snowden. Readings will take place in cities across the planet, all on 8 September, and over 200 international authors have confirmed their support and participation. Readers for the Cape Town event will be announced in a forthcoming release – watch this space or join the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/snowdenCT. A spokesperson from Right2Know will also be present to highlight the important work that the network is doing here in South Africa and the key issues we face with regards to censorship, surveillance, and the struggle to protect civil liberties and freedom of expression.

For more information about the Worldwide Reading, please visit http://www.worldwide-reading.com/ (and click ‘en’ for the English version), or contact the local event initiator, Alexandra Dodd: thisalexandradodd@gmail.com, or co-organiser Anne Taylor: at.brand@gmail.com.

August 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Zapiro – DemoCrazy – 29 SEPTEMBER – 30 OCTOBER 2014

Zapiro – DemoCrazy – 29 SEPTEMBER – 30 OCTOBER 2014

The Sowetan newspaper describes Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) as “The best political cartoonist in the country.” His most recent book Democrazy (published by Jacana) presents a survey of satirical graphics of the foibles of South African politics over the past twenty years. In it he traces the indelible legacies of decisive moments that define, and still continue to shape, the country. In the twenty years since the advent of democracy, he produced more than 4,500 cartoons for publication in Mail & Guardian, Sowetan, Sunday Times and Independent Newspapers. From those he selected the 450 works shown in Jacana’s Democrazy.

For his forthcoming ZAPIRO – DEMOCRAZY at the AVA Gallery, he honed this selection even further into an exhibition of 60 graphics that describe – with fearless determination and precise clarity – a South Africa that, he writes, “was crazier than anything my imagination could conjure up”. The hardest challenge of mastering this dangerous genre, he continues, “has been to find that element of humour essential for effective cartooning in such debilitating events.” During the course of his exhibition Zapiro will also take his work into the Cape Town public realm. Characters, situations and texts – printed larger-than-life and pasted outdoors – will create surprising new meanings. Discover them striding down hallways, animating shop windows, peering out from behind corners, commenting from the sides of a passing bus or the inside of a lift, and assuming the textures of the stone walls or concrete slabs that become their gallery.

View and download catalogue here : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_dROh5okHvHLTk2alVadHhnZU0/view

Mandela: The Early Years - Sunday Times 1998

Mandela: The Early Years - Sunday Times 1998

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July 3, 2014 - Comments Off on The Artist in Residency Programme : JAN-HENRI BOOYENS’ BINARY HUMANS Residency July – September 2014

The Artist in Residency Programme : JAN-HENRI BOOYENS’ BINARY HUMANS Residency July – September 2014

Jan-Henri Booyens will be utilizing The AVA gallery space between 4 July and September 2014, continuously producing work and hosting a series of studio open days to the public.

An invitation to participate in
Binary Humans
Jan Henri Booyens’s artist-in-residence program
AVA Gallery: 4 July – September 2014

SATURDAY 19 JULY, 10:00 – 13:00
Booyens’s collaboration with Jannes Hendrikz requires your presence to alter digital projection streams via code merging and data mulching

FRIDAY 25 JULY, 18:00 – 21:00
Open studio event with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition

SATURDAY 2 AUGUST, 10:00 – 13:00
Tender an anecdote or your portrait which, through digital capture, manipulation and scrambling, becomes a contribution to the artist’s project zine

THURSDAY 7 AUGUST (FIRST THURSDAYS), 18:00 – 21:00
Open studio event with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition

SATURDAY 16 AUGUST, 10:00 – 13:00
Stimulated by the collaborative precedent between artist Igor Stravinsky and composer Wassily Kandinsky, Booyens presents a painting workshop on the relationship between sound and images. This workshop is limited to 12 participants, who will need to cover their minimal material costs. Please email Laura on info@ava.co.za to make a booking (essential)

WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST, 18:00–21:00
End of residency party celebration with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition

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Jan-Henri Booyens BINARY HUMANS

Jan-Henri Booyens BINARY HUMANS

BINARY HUMANS Jan-Henri Booyens

BINARY HUMANS Jan-Henri Booyens

June 6, 2014 - Comments Off on Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

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The AVA Gallery, since 1971, has been an enthusiastic and active participant in the radical shifts experienced by South Africa, and has played a decisive role in shaping the arts and culture sectors. As the oldest non-profit gallery in Cape Town, and arguably one of the more important nationally, the AVA has nurtured many of the country’s leading artists. Today, the AVA continues its commitment through regular exhibitions, supplemented by an exhilarating, interactive public events schedule that includes seminars and workshops, film screenings and performances, and a dynamic education programme. Even further, we administer Artreach, a vital support and development programme. The events launching on 9 June are part of the AVA’s continued drive to raise financial resources to support its work, and to assist in growing the organisation into one of the world’s leaders in contemporary visual culture.

 

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May 29, 2014 - Comments Off on AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

TRUE/STORY Short Film Screening Saturday, 31 May 2014 17:00 - 19:00

Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger
Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger

This week, the AVA’s Saturday Cult programme screens four films dealing with issues of migrancy and alienation, here curated to obfuscate the erroneous boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thereafter, film fundi Roger Young ignites and directs the conversation between film-makers, producers, artists and you.

CROSSING THE LIMPOPO (2009, 15 min) by DAN HALTER shows the artist being lead across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe into South Africa, by a cigarette smuggler, along one of the routes used by border jumpers. By playing the notorious barrier up against the passage Zimbabwean immigrants face, Halter uses a dark dark humour to interrogate xenophobia, international relations, and sad and empty promises

BORDER FARM (2011, 32 min) by THENJIWE NIKI NKOSI is a docu-drama about a group of Zimbabwean border jumpers who make their way across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe to seek work on farms in South Africa. It portrays the many-layered drama of forced migration and is written, acted and crewed by the people who made the journey themselves. The film examines the structure of political, social and architectural power, and the invisible forces that create them.

VECINOS, translated as NEIGHBOURS (2013, 9 min 45 sec) by SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH follows three African migrants as they navigate the urban space of Barcelona: Xumo Nunjo, a musician born in Cameroon; Mamadou Dia, a writer and educator born in Senegal; and Gelia Barila Angri, from Equatorial Guinea. These participants offer an opportunity to re-consider notions of home and belonging in black Europe, framing their narratives around a real or symbolic return to Africa.

OBSCURE WHITE MESSENGER (2010, 15 min 7 sec) by PENNY SIOPIS splices together anonymous film footage found in flea markets with a transcript of the psychiatrist’s interview with  Demitrios Tsafendas, the man who murdered Verwoerd. By exploring the fact that Tsafendas was an oddball, an outsider, a drifter, a man to whom no country would give citizenship, not even the place of his birth, Siopis highlights the effects of xenophobia as much as she questions the distinction between fact and fiction.