Want to get in on the ground floor with buying South African art?

Entry level housing, entry level cars and now the art market is talking of entry level art buying.  Some of the people who have started at Artist’s Proof Studios in Fordsburg are already making it big in the art world but there is the opportunity of buying their works at very reasonable prices.  There is an exhibition of prints on at the Bag Factory in Fordsburg until  Wed 12th October where individual prints are sellling for R2,700  including framing. Address:  10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg  GPS coordinates: -26° 12’ 13.65’’, + 28° 1’ 34.51’’

20 Fine Years is an exhibition by 20 artists of a new portfolio of prints in created in celebration of the joint 20th anniversaries of the Bag Factory Artists Studios and the Artist Proof Studios. This exhibition returns to the Bag Factory from its success the FNB Joburg Art Fair.    The portfolio contains prints by respected artists Kim Berman, Philemon Hlungwane, Diana Hyslop, David Koloane, Nelson Makamo, Senzeni Marasela, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Colbert Mashile, Patrick Mautloa, Paulina Mazibuko, Jacob Molefe, Paul Molete, Lucas Nkgweng, Charles Nkosi, Richard Penn, Helen Sebidi, Senzo Shabangu, Pontso Sikhosana, Velile Soha and Motsamai Thabane.

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Who says Joburg doesn’t have good theatre?

  To quote Kentridge’s famous line:  ‘Johannesburg, second greatest city after Paris ‘ ….  Well, we might not have the range and selection of live theatre of the West Ends and Broadways but we get a lot of really excellent productions in Jozi.  And you certainly can’t see good theatre internationally for as little as R66 (that’s what a ticket costs on Tuesday nights at the Market Theatre).  I have just booked for Greg Latter’s  The Death of the Colonialist which has received excellent reviews. It ends next Saturday 16th October.

The Market Theatre’s write up summarizes the play:  

Death of a Colonialist tells the story of Harold Smith, an aging, eccentric, unpredictable but extremely passionate history teacher at a high school in Grahamstown. His passion is South African history, most specifically the history of the amaXhosa. Harold is at the end of his powers and his increasingly erratic teaching techniques are making the school’s hierarchy look for some new blood in the history department. He is aware of the moves against him but believes his passionate teaching will always win the day.

What Harold is not aware of is that his wife has terminal cancer and has decided not to tell him. His two children, who have moved overseas, decide to come home for an unconventional family reunion. Some hard truths await Harold, who is so wrapped up in his own life and his passion for history that he is unaware of the personal tragedy unfolding in his own life. Dealing with questions of identity, history and terminal illness, this is a funny, sad, profound and passionate play that weaves between the tragedy of our past and the challenges of our present. Ultimately, Latter’s play reinforces what it means to be South African.



The Girl in the Yellow Dress, written by Craig Higginsons and directed by Malcolm Purkey,  is another excellent production which is returning for a re-run at the Market.  I missed it last time around so am going to make sure I see it this time before it comes off on the 18th December.  The Market Theatre’s synopsis : ‘Originally inspired by Ovid’s story Echo and Narcissus and psychoanalytic writings on narcissism, The Girl in the Yellow Dress is set in contemporary Paris and deals with the exchanges between Celia, a beautiful English teacher in her late twenties, and Pierre, her younger French-Congolese pupil.  


Brimming with humour, rage and longing, this internationally celebrated South African play provides a minute exploration of an increasingly hazardous romantic entanglement and an insight into some of the tensions between the ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds.

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It’s night time market time again …






It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s Market on Main’s night market tonight. Live music by The Fridge and digestif. Starts at 7pm.

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