Joburg City Art Tours
Joburg gets creative.
You don't have to be artsy fartsy or even laa-di-daa to like art. You don't have to be ultra lany or superficial to have an appreciation for abstract splashes of paint on a canvas. And you don't have to circulate at the wining (or whinning) and dining cocktail parties of the Jones's to find out about current exhibitions and great galleries in Joburg. This information is at your disposal when you join Chava on one of Afro Centric's City Art Tours. And it's not prententious. The experience is casual and yes, interestingly fun.
Last week, a jhblive colloegue and I went along on one such Afro Centric tour. Our friendly guide Chava Caplan picked up and we met up with the rest of the tour group at the first gallery on our ittinerary: Everard Read. We then hopped between galleries and their varied and impressive exhibitions. Some of these included Nicola Taylor's exhibition "A World without Collisions", which is also featured as a JHBlive exhibition on the site. We were also introduced to the work of Mbongeni Bhutelezi and the moving photography of George Mahashe, just to name a few. Chava is informative in a converssational manner. She makes the explainations about the specific pieces and artists seem graspable for even the most lamen of onlookers, like me.
She said that she began these tours earlier this year as she saw a gap in the market for them. Her tours give people an opportunity to engage with art in the city and shows them that art and art appreciation is not out of reach, as most may think. Both foreigners and locals are lured towards her tours and they all leave satisfied.
Chava describes her thoughts about the relationship South Africa has with its art as follows: "One of the things that makes South Africa so unique is its people and experiences and this is the fundamental of the beauty and creativity behind South African contemporary art. Where in other places around the world the art scene is historially grounded and culturally developed, South African contemporary art is still developing and changing as our country grows and developes and begins to digest its history and define its new identity. This is the perfect making for some exceptionally creative art and a bustling, burgeoning art world. It is this art world that Afro centric will expose to the world both near and far."
When you book and join one of Chava's tours, you will visit some or all of the following galleries, dotted around the city: David Krut, Everard Read, Goethe on Main, The Goodman Gallery, Momo, Resolution and Sieple on Main.
Afro Centric tours are designed to introduce you to Joburg's vibrant art, design and cultural worlds. Tours run on Tuesday, Thursdays and last Saturday of every month from 9- 4, including lunch, wine, snacks and transport. You can choose between a day tour or an evening one (which allows you to attend exhibition openings.)
See your city from an artistic gaze for a change and be exposed to works of art you would usually never see. And you can tell all your friends afterwards that you're now artsy fartsy and a little more cultured.
Day tours cost R280 and evening tours cost R150.
Contact Chava Caplan
082 969 3938
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