META foundation in partnership with Association of the Visual Arts (AVA), Nel Gallery, Alliance Française du Cap, WORLDART and Eclectica Contemporary bring 12 August House Artists and alumni to Cape Town!
The August House//Cape Town Collab is an exploration of art institutions and their role in our communities. The project takes an historical approach but is firmly rooted in contemporary practice. Through this collaboration we wish to think about our local creative industries, their histories and to reflect on the ways the creative community has had to navigate a cultural exchange in a time of great disturbance. Cultural platforms, such as August House in Johannesburg, the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Cape Town and commercial galleries throughout the country, play an important role in the visual arts eco-system, each providing artists with a different but necessary element in the furthering of their careers.
Curator Carlyn Strydom, META foundation Director Sara Hallatt and Artist Vivien Kohler have conceptualised the project that will see approximately 13 artists, from August House, participating in exhibitions across the Cape Town CBD between July and August 2021. The project is partnering with the AVA, WORLDART, Nel Gallery, Eclectica Contemporary and Alliance Française du Cap in a series of exhibitions that are both independent and collective. Artists participating in the collaboration include some well-known artists such as Sam Nhlengethwa, Diane Victor and exciting emerging talents such as Thalente Khomo, Navel Seakamela, Percy Maimela and Fatima Tayob Moosa.
It is through such collaborations that the META foundation believes we can show the importance of collaborative work for the growth of a healthy arts industry.
Diane Victor, Sam Nhlengethwa, Vivien Kohler, Michele Rolstone, Nyakallo Maleke and Thalente Khomo talk about the COLLAB and the importance of studio spaces in the visual arts eco-system, for AVA.
The August House//Cape Town Collab includes:
Association for Visual Arts (AVA) presents The Cultural Life of Space(s) curated by Carlyn Strydom and features Diane Victor, Sam Nhlengethwa, Vivien Kohler, Michele Rolstone, Nyakallo Maleke and Thalente Khomo
Alliance Française du Cap presents Vivien Kohler, Homecoming curated by Igsaan Martin
WORLDART presents Dekor One and Percy Maimela (as part of a group show)
Nel gallery presents Nkisi N'kondi by Roland Gunst/John K. Cobra and Inner Space by Navel Seakamela
Eclectica Contemporary presents FREEDOM EQUALS NO FEAR: Fatima Tayob Moosa and Grace Mokalapa (as part of a group show)
Further Reading In Articles
African Artist Directory