With over 43 different art exhibitions at National Arts Festival, there’s a lot to choose from! We have compiled some unique installations that bring a new dynamic to the way we look at the artwork. By Shannon Wilson
1. Art and Wine
Venue: The Highlander, Worcester Street
Showing: 30 June – 10 July 10:30 to 21:00 daily
With photographs, drawings, paintings and sculpture, this exhibition incorporates a variety of artwork by different artists. Paired with wine, and a selection of food from the Highlander’s menu it will certainly be a celebration for your senses.
Venue: Bon Tempo, Farm 5, Manley Flats, on the Port Alfred Road
Showing: 30 June – 10 July from 10:00 to 17:00 daily
NB: Adults only
Phallos is a combination of phallic photos, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, hand crafts, mosaics, installation and drawings. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A lot of penises!
Artist: Kristin Ng-Yang
Venue: Commemoration Church Hall
Showing: 30 June–10 July (performances twice a day till 2 July at 10:00 and 15:00) Final performance 3 July at 10:00
Performers: Tegan Peacock & Bonwa Mbontsi (ReRouted Dance Theatre)
Bird/Fish is a distinct and stimulating exhibition. It collaborates performance, installation, impression, illustration and photography. Shadows fall onto the white cloth in the shape of fish while dancers perform in front of and behind the white cloth that acts as a screen. It gives an intriguing new element to the viewing of the artwork.
4. The Arena Art Exhibition at The Festival Gallery
Venue: Hand Made Coffee shop, 38 Somerset Street
Showing: 30 June – 10 July
Samples of work from the Fringe exhibitions have been placed in The Festival Gallery. With Gawie’s handmade coffee being sold in the same location it is a great start to deciding where you want to go at festival and what works of art you would like to see. With a cup of coffee in hand it is an exhibition not to be missed.
5. Tokara’s “Celebration”
Venue: GFI art Gallery Port Elizabeth
Showing: 09:00 – 16:00 Mon to Fri; 10:00-13:00 Sat
The 10th anniversary Collection of Tokara’s Wine Made Art. If you happen to be in Port Elizabeth sometime during #NAF16, Tokara’s Wine Made Art exhibition is not one to be missed. Tokara is situated in Stellenbosch and brings together ideas that good wine good food and good art make for a wonderful combination.