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Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery We are Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art gallery, showcasing the best in contemporary South Africa

Operating as usual

21/05/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Location’ in the Long Gallery.

The guiding premise of the exhibition is that of memory as a site of study. How do we come to remember ourselves, and in that process of remembering how do we make ourselves? This notion of the 'making of ourselves' is prioritised in this exhibition.
Collage, understood here as 'a collection or combination of various things', is our mode of investigating identity-making and place-making in the works of the artists in the exhibition. This 'making of ourselves' takes the physical and the metaphorical 'making' into consideration. Modes of remembering and 're-memory' are also investigated in how the materials and media are engaged with and used in the artists' processes of making. This exhibition aims to serve as a prompt, or a gesture, into the processes of the 'making of ourselves', and the study of memory. - Curated by Lesole Tautswala and Shakes Mbolekwana

On display until the 09.06.22

Detail of Vanessa Tembane
‘Os filhos da água II'
(The children in the water II)’ 2021
Acrylic and digital print on triple
Thread Fabric
150cm x 100cm
R12000 (incl. VAT)

Find out more: Link in bio.

@vanessa_tembane
@shakesdollasign
@westerncapegov
@cityofct

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #painting #installation #video #photography #opening #ava

16/05/2022

ARTIST WALKABOUT WITH KATHERINE BULL:

‘The Pieces That Find Us’

Come and join the artist Katherine Bull on Saturday 21 May at 11am in the Main Gallery.

This exhibition by Katherine Bull is assembled from works by the artist spanning twenty years of practice in printmaking, performance, painting, drawing and collage. Sourced from the artist's personal collection.
Approached in the spirit of collage - a strategy that has the potential to bring both fresh potentials and uncomfortable juxtapositions - Katherine Bull reflects on the different ways that she returns to a fascination with the unresolved nature and shifting technologies of perception.

Link in Bio:

@kathbull
@westerncapegov
@cityofct

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #painting #installation #video #photography #opening #ava #walkabout

15/04/2022

Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters Remembrance Gallery:

AVA is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery on the grounds of the residence of the Premier of the Western Cape. The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters have been reimagined and transformed into an art gallery and site of remembrance, as visitors are invited to pay tribute to the many people who once worked and lived there. The gallery will be open to the public every first Saturday of the month, from 10am - 2pm.

This is the first of four planned iterations of the exhibition. Co-produced by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Premier's Office.

Bookings essential at: [email protected]

Or view live on our virtual gallery online. Link in Bio.

@westerncapegov
@cityofct

Artists:

@kamyar_bineshtarigh
@jody_brand_
@hannahyasonart
@roryemmett
@gary_frier_
@tyra__naidoo
@gunn_salie
@gartherasmus
@robynpretoriusart
@kitsolynnlelliott
@ia_sueki
@jorogge
@tyrrelthaysen
@effo_contampo

12/04/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Dark’

Detail of ‘Wrinklecarver’ by Anton Birkenmayer is currently on show in the long gallery at the AVA: ‘Dark’ The works in this exhibition articulate themselves within the gaps of documentation and challenge the hegemonic archive. The apparent linearity of knowledge is reinforced by how we ingest knowledge, with the most obvious example being that of the codex.

‘Wrinklecarver’ 2021
Anton Birkenmayer
Mokulito on Frabriano Rosapina, Edition 1/4
R4,250 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture  #fabriano #mokulitoprint #blackandwhite

11/04/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘V E R S E ’

Detail of ‘Notes and highlights (with competing narratives)’ by Thuli Gamedze currently on show in the Main gallery at the AVA: ‘V E R S E ’ Exploring conversations around language and text in contemporary art practice, this exhibition seeks to deconstruct the ways in which we convey personal and geographical histories throughout the African continent. The title V E R S E speaks to two literary terms, one the poetic, a space for language to speak in a metaphorical and nuanced manner, and the other speaks of a biblical sense.

‘Notes and highlights (with competing narratives)’ 2022
Thuli Gamedze
Linen grids with mixed fabric

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022

@dia_grammatic

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture  #fabric #colour

07/04/2022

JOIN US FOR FIRST THURSDAYS TONIGHT: Current shows are DARK, V E R S E and TIME IS A BROKEN UMBRELLA.

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Dark.’

Detail of ‘Circles of Confusion’ by Sinead Mason currently on show in the Long gallery at the AVA: ‘Dark.’ The works in this exhibition articulate themselves within the gaps of documentation and challenge the hegemonic archive. The apparent linearity of knowledge is reinforced by the ways in which we ingest knowledge, with the most obvious example being that of the codex.

‘Circles of Confusion’ 2020
Sinead Mason
Lithographic Print on Munken paper, Edition 1/3
R10 000 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022

@goldentinks
@firstthursdays_za

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture #lithography #photography #munkenpaper

06/04/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘V E R S E ’

Detail of ‘Historical Pinball Fiction’ by Mitchell Messina currently on show in the Main gallery at the AVA: ‘V E R S E ’ Exploring conversations around language and text in contemporary art practice, this exhibition seeks to deconstruct the ways in which we convey personal and geographical histories throughout the African continent. The title V E R S E speaks to two literary terms, one the poetic, a space for language to speak in a metaphorical and nuanced manner, and the other speaks of a biblical sense.

‘Historical Pinball Fiction’ 2019
Mitchell Messina
Acrylic on board
R50 000 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022

@classicmitch

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture  #painting #acrylic

05/04/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Dark’

Detail of ‘Composition’ by Megan Fritz currently on show in the Long gallery at the AVA: ‘Dark’ The works in this exhibition articulate themselves within the gaps of documentation and challenge the hegemonic archive. The apparent linearity of knowledge is reinforced by the ways in which we ingest knowledge, with the most obvious example being that of the codex.

‘Composition’ 2020
Megan Fritz
Assemblage sculpture: piano fragments
R4 250 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022

@megs_makes_studio

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture  #sculpture #piano #deconstruction

The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters Rembrance Gallery @capetownmuseumFree guided tours; curator Jaline de Villiers & Mirjam As...
03/04/2022
The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters Rembrance Gallery

@capetownmuseum

Free guided tours; curator Jaline de Villiers & Mirjam Asmal @avagallery.za

First Saturdays of the month, 10.30am and 1pm, limited to 30 guests per group

Bookings:
[email protected]

ID numbers required on booking and to be shown on arrival

Highly recommended

The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters Rembrance Gallery

@capetownmuseum

Free guided tours; curator Jaline de Villiers & Mirjam Asmal @avagallery.za

First Saturdays of the month, 10.30am and 1pm, limited to 30 guests per group

Bookings:[email protected]

ID numbers required on booking and to be shown on arrival

Highly recommended

01/04/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
'Time is a Broken Umbrella'

Detail of ‘Streams (VII)’ by Abrie de Swardt currently on show on the Mezzanine gallery at the AVA: 'Time is a Broken Umbrella' is an experiment that sets out to see if it is possible to disperse and decentralise curatorial logic and to substitute the contained convolutions of a single brain for a thinking network, or networked thinking.

‘Streams (VII)’
Abrie de Swardt
Oil and pencil on canvas
R28 750 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022 and travelling to KZNSA in Durban afterwards.

Time Is A Broken Umbrella: Facilitated by FORMS Gallery with writing by Chloë Reid.

@formsgallery
@chloerrreid
@abrideswardt
@KZNSAgallery

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture  #collage #photography

31/03/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Time is a broken umbrella'.

Detail of ‘Synchronized Touch I’ by Khotso Motsoeneng currently on show on the Mezzanine gallery at the AVA: 'Time is a Broken Umbrella' is an experiment that sets out to see if it is possible to disperse and decentralise curatorial logic and to substitute the contained convolutions of a single brain for a thinking network, or networked thinking.

‘Synchronised Touch I’
Khotso Motsoeneng
Puff paint and ink on Canvas
R36 800 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until 21.04.2022 and travelling to KZNSA in Durban afterwards.

Time Is A Broken Umbrella: Facilitated by FORMS Gallery with writing by Chloë Reid.

@formsgallery
@chloerrreid
@nyakallo_maleke
@KZNSAgallery

Find out more: Link in bio.

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture #puffpaint #southafricanartists #avagallery #MzantsiGoldenEconomy #kznsagallery

30/03/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Time is a broken umbrella'.

Detail of ‘Conversation 1’ by Matty Monethi currently on show on the Mezzanine gallery at the AVA: 'Time is a Broken Umbrella' is an experiment that sets out to see if it is possible to disperse and decentralise curatorial logic and to substitute the contained convolutions of a single brain for a thinking network, or networked thinking.

‘Conversation 1’
Matty Monethi
Oil and pencil on canvas
R18 400 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until the 21.04.2022

Time Is A Broken Umbrella: Facilitated by FORMS Gallery with writing by Chloë Reid.

@formsgallery
@chloerrreid
@matty_monethi

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture #paint #pencil #oilpaint

29/03/2022

TEXTURES AT THE AVA:
‘Time is a broken umbrella'.

Detail of ‘Gutsy’ by Hedwig Barry currently on show on the Mezzanine gallery at the AVA: 'Time is a Broken Umbrella' is an experiment that sets out to see if it is possible to disperse and decentralise curatorial logic and to substitute the contained convolutions of a single brain for a thinking network, or networked thinking.

‘Gutsy’
Hedwig Barry
Enamel and automotive paint on polyurethane
R16 000 (incl. VAT)

Currently on show at the AVA until the 21.04.2022

Time Is A Broken Umbrella: Facilitated by FORMS Gallery with writing by Chloë Reid.

@formsgallery
@chloerrreid
@watchhedwigwork

Find out more: Link in bio. 

#artwork #southafrica #capetownsouthafrica #texture #paint #sculpture

Hot off the press: AVA 2022 Programme brochure. Filled with the full schedule of exciting exhibtions for the year, AVA h...
15/03/2022

Hot off the press: AVA 2022 Programme brochure. Filled with the full schedule of exciting exhibtions for the year, AVA history and membership information, these are a great keepsake. Grab one at the gallery or when you visit any of our external exhibitions such as at Leeuwwenhof or The Vault at the Silo Hotel.

Book your place to view the Leeuwenhof Remembrance Gallery exhibition, curated by AVA. The gallery is open to the public...
11/03/2022

Book your place to view the Leeuwenhof Remembrance Gallery exhibition, curated by AVA. The gallery is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am - 2pm. Email [email protected] to secure your spot.

Next public viewing: 2 April 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful show.

More of Nyakallo Maleke's work at the AVA ❤️
08/03/2022

More of Nyakallo Maleke's work at the AVA ❤️

A detail of new work from Nyakallo Maleke @mokolongstudio for Time Is A Broken Umbrella. Opening this Thursday, 10 March, at @avagallery.za 6pm.

01/03/2022

Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery has reimagined the Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters at WC Premier Alan Winde’s residence and turned it into an art gallery and remembrance site to acknowledge people who were enslaved there. The transformed space recognises the cruelty of slavery and supports artists so they can tell their stories. The gallery will be open to the public every first Saturday of the month, from 10h00 - 14h00, by appointment. AVA and the Cape Town Museum will coordinate guided tours and rotating art exhibitions. For info, contact AVA on 021 424 7436 or email [email protected]. #SupportTheCBD #ComeBackToTown

Visit The Vault at the Silo Hotel to view "TO SEE OURSELVES IN OTHERS, AT NOBODY'S TOWN"; a show by artists-in-residence...
26/02/2022

Visit The Vault at the Silo Hotel to view "TO SEE OURSELVES IN OTHERS, AT NOBODY'S TOWN"; a show by artists-in-residence, Suekí (aka Ronaldo Ferreira) and Babu (aka Hamilton Francisco), both hailing from Angola. Their residency took place at BlackBrick Club, in partnership with World Art and ELA, in November and December last year. The exhibtion is open for viewing by appointment only at The Silo Hotel, until mid-April 2022.

24/02/2022

The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters Remembrance Gallery was launched this past weekend, with an incredible energy and warmth to fuel this year-long project. The Slave Quarters at the Premier's residence have been reimagined and transformed into an art gallery and site of remembrance, as visitors are invited to pay tribute to the many people who once worked and lived there. The gallery will be open to the public every first Saturday of the month, from 10am - 2pm. Online booking form to follow shortly. This is the first of four iterations of the exhibition on the same theme.

🎧 🔗 Click the link in our bio to listen to AVA Director Mirjam Asmal in conversation with John Maytham of Cape Talk about the exhibiton.

Artists showing in the first iteration: Kamyar Bineshtarigh, Jody Brand, Hannah Yason, Rory Emmet, Gary Frier, Tyra Naidoo, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Garth Erasmus, Robyn Pretorius, Tyrone Appollis, Kitso Lynn Lelliott, Suekí, Jo Rogge, Tyrrel Thaysen, and Effo Munguanzo.

Opening tonight: Leewenhof  | AVA is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery on the grounds of the residence of...
19/02/2022

Opening tonight: Leewenhof | AVA is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery on the grounds of the residence of the Premier of the Western Cape.

The Leeuwenhof Slave Quarters have been reimagined and transformed into an art gallery and site of remembrance, as visitors are invited to pay tribute to the many people who once worked and lived there. The gallery will be open to the public every first Saturday of the month, from 10am - 2pm.

Installation view including work by Kamyar Bineshtarigh, Jody Brand, Hannah Yason, Rory Emmett and Effo Munguanzo.

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#Repost @museumher Void by Michele Rolstone Paper and perspex assemblage, 2021 From the artist: 'To sow dragons teeth is to take some action that instigates disputes and discord. The phrase relates to the Greek myth of Cadmus, reputedly the bringer of literacy to the ancient Greeks and the founder of the city of Thebes. In the myth, Cadmus slays a water dragon guarding a spring sacred to Ares. On instruction from Athena, he plants the dragon's teeth from which an army of fierce warriors grow. These warriors turn in each other and a bloody battle ensues, until only 5 remain. These 5 warriors join Cadmus to build the city of Thebes and form the noble families of the newly build city. 'Void' forms part of a broader body of work that explores ideas around the concept of 'sowing dragon's teeth', making loose comparisons between the mythologies of Cadmus and the Maiden of the apocalypse from the Christian art historical tradition. The world at large appears to be lurching from crisis to crisis with a distinct air of the apocalyptic. The etymology of these words 'crisis' and 'apocalypse' are both rooted in ancient Greek, where apocalypse refers to an uncovering, or revelation, also referring to a style of writing present in religious texts. Crisis in turn refers to a separation in relation to decisions or choices.' On show as part of ' The Cultural Life of Spaces' at Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in collaboration with Meta Foundation and August House for the August House//Cape Town Collab The show is will be up until this Saturday the 28th #avagallery #augusthouse #metafoundation #contemporaryafricanart #museumher #AHCTCollab #michelerolstone
Join curator of the Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery show, Carlyn Strydom, in a Livestream of the #AHCTCollab exhibitions on Saturday 21 August 2021. The physical walkabout will start at 12. For those art lovers who are not able to physically see the shows, 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙄𝙎 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝙔𝙊𝙐! Join us and Carlyn Strydom on Instagram at 12:00. Turn on your post notifications, so you don't miss the action 📱
In this fifth session of the Lounge+ podcast, Meta Foundation Director Sara Hallatt, artist Vivien Kohler and @Charl Bezuidenhout are hosted by curator Carlyn Strydom to discuss the importance and value of inter-city collaboration and cultural exchange. Find this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts or on the following platforms: Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery website https://www.ava.co.za/journal/loungepluspodcast-session5-from-cape-town-to-joburg-and-back-again Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0NMXHqMKbElZWpGew3TbFq Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/session-5-from-cape-town-to-joburg-and-back-again/id1547404036?i=1000531084504 #AHCTCollab #augusthouse #AVA #metafoundation
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The Meta Foundation and Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery invite you to 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚(𝙨) at the AVA curated by Carlyn Strydom Featuring #AugustHouseArtist Diane Victor, a contemporary South African artist known for her drawings and prints that explore social injustice, war, and corruption. When: 24 July 2021 Exhibition closes: 28 August 2021
Calling all curators and artists. In the process of rebuilding and reshaping the world around us, the call looks to encourage collaboration and cooperation amongst artists and curators. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2021. Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery https://vansa.co.za/opportunities/open-call-2022-a-time-for-connection-and-collaboration/
The Meta Foundation and Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery as part of the #AHCTCollab presents "𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙨" curated by @carlynstrydom. The exhibition seeks to explore the importance of cultural spaces in the visual arts eco-system. The exhibition features 7 August House artists and alumni, Vivien Kohler, Odette Graskie, Sam Nhlengethwa, Michele Rolstone, Diane Victor, Nyakallo Maleke and Thalente Khomo When: 22 July - 26 August 2021
#AHCTCollab Diane Victor for Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery Music: Color of Music
Veteran, Diane Victor will be participating in the #AHCTCollab when she presents work at the Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in August 2021. The exhibition will open on 22 July 2021 Diane Victor is a contemporary South African artist known for her drawings and prints that explore social injustice, war, and corruption. Made using charcoal and candle smoke, her portraits of missing children are among Victor’s most esteemed works. Inspired by the chaotic scenes of Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch, Victor’s practice aims at expressing her pessimism towards human society. The artist resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others. Inspired by the chaotic scenes of Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch, Victor’s practice aims at expressing her pessimism towards human society. The artist resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others.
The META foundation and Association For Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery invite you to 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙇𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚(𝙨) at the AVA curated by Carlyn Strydom Featuring #AugustHouseArtists and alumnae: Vivien Kohler , Odette Michelle Graskie , Sam Nhlengethwa, Diane Victor, Michele Rolstone , Nyakallo Maleke and Thalente Khomo. When: 22 July 2021 Exhibition closes: 26 August 2021 #AHCTCollab