Great news: Johannesburg Art Gallery to be redesigned

Great news: Johannesburg Art Gallery to be redesigned In a city of dichotomies where the rich and the poor live cheek by jowl and the finest new regenerative architecture is supplanted in a city centre that, for the most part, has fallen into disrepair, one will find the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), a hub of […]

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The art of socio-politics in South Africa

The art of socio-politics in South Africa For many art appreciators, paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art are reserved for beautification and décor purposes. This vase goes with those curtains; or this painting will make a great focus piece in the living room, etc. However, art also serves its purpose as an expression of […]

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2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown The Grahamstown National Arts Festival is one of South Africa’s most anticipated annual events. Each winter, the usually quiet university village of Grahamstown is inundated with national and international visitors, who descend on the Eastern Cape for 10 days of theatre performances, music shows, arts and crafts markets, food […]

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How to become an art appraiser

How to become an art appraiser If you have a real passion for art as well as history, and you live, eat, and breathe fine art, ceramics, and other valuables each with their own unique story, then life as an art appraiser might just be for you. However, you can’t simply set off one day […]

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Tips for buying antique African beads

Tips for buying antique African beads It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that when buyers of African beads, either at antique auctions or at more traditional craft markets, wonder about their provenance. There are many cheap versions of everything out there, including rip-offs made in different countries, and beads and beadwork are no different. We often […]

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How to choose the best African art for your home

How to choose the best African art for your home There’s something very special about African art, especially when it’s incorporated into home design and home décor. It brings an element of the wild outdoors, indoors, and gives you – the homeowner – the freedom to celebrate your African roots. However, not all African art […]

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The life and art of Walter Whall Battiss

The life and art of Walter Whall Battiss As one of South Africa’s most famous modern artists, Walter Whall Battiss will be remembered and celebrated for bringing something truly unique to the country’s artistic landscape. His legacy is felt at art auctions, where some of his most cherished works have fetched prices of more than […]

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Find the best arts and crafts at Durban’s BAT Centre

Find the best arts and crafts at Durban’s BAT Centre If ever there was a place in Durban that captured the heart and soul of local culture as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of the artists who practise their craft there, it would have to be the BAT Centre, located in the small Craft Harbour, […]

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Tips to protect yourself from flea market theft

Tips to protect yourself from flea market theft Craft markets, flea markets, and fresh food markets are all the rage now in South Africa, especially in a wide range of places in Cape Town and the newly developed Maboneng Precinct as well as Newtown in the Johannesburg city centre, and other city neighbourhoods. While flea […]

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Learning to Fly

What’s this fascination with flying that we humans have? And why do some people yearn to spread their proverbial wings while others cannot stand the thought of it and will – at all costs – keep their feet on solid ground? The University of Johannesburg’s Arts and Culture department hosted the exhibition of Yannis Generalis […]

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