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Hand Thrown By Heart Exhibition Opening

Instead of a conventional exhibition opening, guests of the Hand Thrown by Heart Exhibition at Art in the Forest were treated to a masterful display in potting, by legendary Cape ceramic artist David Walters.

Call for submissions: World Design Capital CT 2014

Have you got an idea that will change Cape Town for  the better, through design? World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 is looking for projects to nuture and promote next year, when Cape Town becomes the focal point of the international design community. Submissions need to be in before April 5 2013. Read more about this exciting initiative and get involved here.

Get ready for Infecting the City 2013

What you can look forward to:

-Catherine Henegan’s acclaimed Afro Galactic Dream Factory;
-Mamela Nyamza’s triumphant return from sellout London shows;
-1000 paper jets of artworks released regally into the city skies by Jason Potgieter;
-A “real-time” performance of daily news headlines by Jazzart;
-The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra framed by Church Square;
-Sprawling glow stick installations across city pavements by Marcus Neustetter;
-The tragic and thought-provoking performance, Widow by Mandisi Shindo – exploring loss and triumph outside the St George’s Cathedral;
-A Light Symphony by French artist Antoine Schmidt on Church Square; and
-A Mask flashmob, a 40 strong Flute mob, gospel singers on bicycles and a mob of over 300 skateboarders cruising through the City.

Get the full programme here: Infecting The City Public Arts Festival.

The Lock Stock market: New-ish kid on the block

If you have a few hours to while away on a Saturday morning, you might want to take a look at one of Cape Town’s relatively new indoor markets.  It’s at the Palms Decor and Lifestyle Centre in Woodstock amd creates a great platform for local creatives to showcase and sell their goods. Visitors can browse up to 50 stalls, listen to live entertainment and grab a bite to eat at the ‘Platteland Market’ just next door – all the ingredients for a good Saturday morning!

Some of the designers you can expect to see at this market include: Veldt, Noon Gun, Camissa Bicycles, Tern Bicycles South Africa, Hout Couture, HelenSilverSmit, Silver Box Jewellery, Rustic Living creations, Xico Collective with Cactisaurs, Kingdom Art, 10 Talents Design House, Celeste van Rooyen Ties and Cuff links, and Wire Designs.

For more info, visit The Lock Stock’s Facebook page.

Inspiring Spaces: Art in the Forest

Cape Town Creatives recently visited Art in the Forest; an inspiring art gallery and ceramic boutique, situated in Cecelia Forest. Not just a gallery, this space is home to the Light From Africa Foundation; whose mandate it to unearth creativity to support vulnerable children. The Foundation was founded 8 years ago by Anthony and Carole Record and originally consisted of a team of artists who were employed and trained to work in the ceramic medium. Through the creation and sale of their beautiful handmade candle holders, the Foundation began to raise funds for Fikelela Children Centre in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Now LFAF has expanded to include other fund-raising ventures. Artists and designers are invited to exhibit their work at Art in the Forest gallery, with a percentage of the sale profits going to support the foundation. The ‘Bright Ideas’ campaign provides a platform through which local, established artists and designers can work with the LFAF ceramics team to create beautiful functional art products which are then be sold to raise funds.

The gallery will show a new group exhibition every 6 weeks and aims to reveal fresh new talent in a variety of media. The inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Small Spaces’ is on until 7 September. This group show is curated by Jennifer Fair Cohen with support from What if the World Gallery.

Small Spaces brings together a cross section of South African fine artists and photographers, featuring etchings by Jane Eppel, Tracy Payne, Sarah Pratt and Judy Woodborne; paintings by Gabby Raaf, Daniel Levi, pencil and ink drawings by Michael Taylor, paper cut-outs by Lyndi Sales, digital prints by Julia Rosa Clark and Cameron Platter and lino prints by Jan-Henri Booyens.

The upstairs Boutique showcases a ‘must see’ collection of ceramic works by top artists and designers. A shopping haven for lovers of the medium; guests of the Boutique are encouraged to relax on an Ardmore bench whilst enjoying a free cup of coffee and overlooking the activity below.

ART IN THE FOREST is open to the public and welcomes visitors from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 to 16:00.

New Curiosity and Book Shop for Muizenberg

British antiquarian book-dealer and binder Andrew Berki recently opened a quirky new shop in Muizenberg, Cape Town selling items ranging from ancient maps and books to antiques.

Rattlesnake Books is situated in vibrant York Road, Muizenberg and was named after the HMS Rattlesnake, a 16-gun sloop which featured in the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795.

The name sets the tone for a shop specialising in desirable and affordable historical artefacts. Huge antique maps and vintage movie posters adorn the walls, as well as art works by South African painters. Some of Berki’s more recent finds include a signed first edition of Pieter Hugo’s ‘The Hyena and Other Men’ and Sue Williams’ iconic South African Resistance Art.

Rattlesnake offers a wide selection of paper and hardback books, including modern firsts, on subjects ranging from Africana, natural history, literary fiction, politics, history and much more. The shop also stocks highly-collectable books with fine leather bindings such as Bell’s Engravings of the Arteries, dated 1801, which contains early hand-coloured anatomical plates.

“Back in London, I made my reputation dealing in rare and interesting books. But here in Cape Town I can really indulge in sourcing some fabulous examples of Africana while also bringing to the market some exquisite European pieces,” says Berki.

Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill

The Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill has become one of Cape Town’s most iconic meeting places, popular with food lovers and creative trendsetters alike. Walking through the food market is a feast for the senses with over 100 speciality food producers crammed into a relatively small space. Special cheeses, fresh fish, iced coffees, cupcakes and other beautifully baked goods are among the delicacies on offer at the food market. Once you’ve finished eating (at a communal table with benches or on one of the hay bales scattered around), make your way over to the Kindergoods and Designgoods tents to peruse a selection of gorgeous local designs including sandals, baby and toddler clothing, jewellery and furniture design.

The Saturday market has been running since 2006. It was started by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, whose aim was to revive and reinvent the Public Market as a civic institution. Looks like they’ve managed to do just that and in fact have been so successful that they’re opening a Joburg Neighbourgoods Market in April this year. The Market takes place every Saturday from 9am – 2pm. You can find it at The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. Parking is limited so make sure you arrive early!

Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden

What a gem in the heart of our city! I had heard about the new park at Green Point so took some time out in the day to see what it was all about. It’s so great to have one’s expectations exceeded and I was absolutely amazed at what I saw; 12.5h of carefully planned park with attention to detail and intelligence in design. Cape Town can be extremely proud of this great new addition to our city and the best thing is that it’s completely free. The first thing I noticed as I entered from the Sea Point side, was someone working-out on brightly painted gym equipment in the middle of a green.

What a unique idea to get people out of buildings and doing their usual gym circuit in an outdoor park. There are also cycle/running paths throughout the park which create a great extended track from the Sea Point Promenade.

The other thing that struck me as I walked around was how new, clean and beautiful everything looked. Judging from the number of garden staff present, it seems they will keep it that way.

There are plenty of tables and chairs in the dedicated, sheltered picnic areas and wide open spaces for a game of garden cricket or soccer after lunch.

The park is also extremely educational. You can spend at least two hours wondering through the paths, looking at the interesting installations unique to Cape Town’s history and natural heritage. The Biodiversity Garden showcases the original vegetation types of the area and is particularly interesting.

I was also very impressed to see so much art dotted around the park. Local Artist Collective, Streetwires were commissioned to create sculptures from wire and beads, so look out for ladybugs, frogs and other creatures endemic to the Western Cape.

Natural spring water from the Oranjezicht Springs has been diverted to Green Point Park for use in the many water features, making the park  aesthetically stunning.

Exciting future developments include a waterwheel, a tots park, kids adventure play area, tea room and education centre.

It was such a treat to visit this park. I only wished I had longer to do it justice!

Green Point Park is a City of Cape Town initiative. The Biodiversity Garden is one of 41 Green Goal projects aimed at greening the World Cup.

The park is open from 7am – 7pm daily.

Although there is suffienct security at the park, use is at your own risk including play and exercise equipment.

Weekly Blue Bird Garage Market opens in Muizenberg

A new neighborhood goods market has just opened in Muizenberg every Friday from 3pm – 9pm and it’s definitely worth checking out – even if you’re not a local. It’s called Blue Bird Garage and is situated in Albertyn Road, Muizenberg in a beautiful old, converted warehouse. There is not much parking in Albertyn Road, but if you’re prepared to walk, there are one or two side roads with ample parking.

Apart from the great selection of home and hand-made food (cheese, nougat, milk tart, cake and other delicacies), there is an interesting and varied collection of craft, jewellery, clothing and book stalls. We recognised some familiar brands in the mix too from Woo-men Plush Toys to Laugh it Off T-shirts and The Western Nostril Comic Strip books.

In the centre of the warehouse, there are a whole lot of tables where visitors can kick up their feet and relax after a long week, while sipping on a glass of wine or nibbling on a delicious tea-time treat. There is even a kids corner to keep the children occupied. It’s all in all a great little spot and a good way to spend Friday late afternoon or evening.

The Blue Bird Garage Market happens every Friday from 3pm – 9pm at 39 Albertyn Road (off Main Road),  Muizenberg.

According to the organisers, a Sunday antique and vintage market plus vintage movie nights are coming soon, so keep your eye on this one!

Annual Gift Market: Kamersvol Geskenke

27 – 31 October Kamersvol Geskenke is an annual gift market, held just outside Cape Town and attracting in the region of 11 000 visitors over a 5 day period. Set on one of the Western Cape’s most beautiful wine farms, this market is a sensory and visual feast for all things handmade and creative. Set aside at least two hours to browse through an amazingly extensive collection of gifts, jewellery, ceramics, antiques, fashion acessories, toys for kids and more! When you’re satisfied that you’ve seen it all, be sure to stop in at the food court and sample some delicious treats. This market gives city slickers a taste of country living at its best and is a great way to spend a day with friends and family! www.kamersvol.com