First Thursdays Festive Season Collection

We've put together a list of products of various kinds that we think you might like, either for yourself or someone you care about. All products are locally produced or created by participants and peers of First Thursdays. 

 

First Thursdays Tote Bag
R120
We produced our first official First Thursdays tote bag in a limited run of only 100. The "Bree Street Boogie Woogie" design pays homage to Mondrian's 1943 work "Broadway Boogie Woogie", which is now in MOMA's permanent collection. This tote is big, strong and comfortable to carry. Great for carrying groceries, going to the beach, or cruising around on First Thursdays.

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Tea at Anstey's by Tanya Zack and Mark Lewis
R240
Yet another great publication from our friends at Fourthwall Books, this is a story about an iconic building in the Johannesburg inner city that is emblematic of the many, radical transformations of the city over the last two decades. Snatch a first edition while you still can.

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Simon Deporres T-Shirt
R290
These guys design some of the best menswear in town, all locally produced. Their t-shirts are timeless, durable, and fit really nicely, but they also make great shirts, swimming trunks, trousers, shorts, and jackets if that appeals to you too.

Available at Superior Goods Store, 69 Roeland Street

 

 

Not Seen Bag
R400
Another great locally designed and produced line of goods. These bags are great for keeping your valuables close to you while navigating the crowds of First Thursdays ;)

Available at Superior Goods Store, 69 Roeland Street

 

 

Prufrock Subscription
R300
6 issues of some of the best local contemporary writing being written.

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Mungo Towel
R194 - R495
Mungo's towels are beautiful, lightweight, and highly absorbent. They produce all of their woven products using traditional methods at their mill near Plettenberg Bay, but they also have a store in Cape Town on Buitengracht Street.

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Cinsault Claus Wine Case from Publik
R455
4 different bottles of a rather different varietal. Best served chilled. Perfect for our weird, hot South African Christmases.

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House of Gozdawa Extrait De Parfum
R700 - R2000
Founded earlier this year, House of Gozdawa is dedicated to creating high quality epicene scents, following a strict production utilising only natural essential oils and carriers.

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An Interview with Worldart's Charl Bezuidenhout

Worldart is one of First Thursdays Cape Town's longstanding participants, taking part from the very beginning. The Thursdays asked owner Charl Bezuidenhout some questions. Here are his answers.

The scene outside Worldart on the opening of an exhibition by Ello and Black Koki. Image: Worldart  

The scene outside Worldart on the opening of an exhibition by Ello and Black Koki. Image: Worldart  

The Thursdays: You've had a busy year at Worldart. What 3 exhibitions stood out for you and why? 
Charl Bezuidenhout: It’s really hard to single them out, but one that is definitely worth mentioning is the exhibition that Andrew Lamprecht curated for us. It was titled "Street Level" and consisted of works done by Cape Town-based artists in the so-called Urban Contemporary genre. It introduced new artist both from the academic and informal environments and showed how both are relevant.

 

TT: Worldart exhibited at The Moniker Art Fair in London recently. How was your experience there? What is the value of a small South African gallery showing at such a fair?
CB: Art fairs play an important role in the art world today. They provide easy access for buyers and an opportunity to show work to dedicated lovers of art. In this context it makes a lot of sense to do these fairs in other cities too. We took paintings by Kilmany-Jo Liversage to the Moniker Art Fair in Shoreditch, London, where the focus is on street art. It was hard work, but the risk paid off as we got mentioned in the Financial Times, approached by a few galleries in the UK, and sold all the paintings. I’m not saying this to impress, but to illustrate the value of investing in art fairs abroad.

 

Moniker Art Fair 2015. Image: Moniker Projects

Moniker Art Fair 2015. Image: Moniker Projects

TT: How would you compare Moniker to our local art fairs (Joburg, Cape Town, etc.) in terms of production, audience and overall value for an independent (aka smaller) gallery such as yours?
CB: An art fair is an art fair is an art fair. The attendees make the difference. In London they obviously have a more urban sensibility and a stronger economy, so more buying power.

 

TT: If you could add 3 South African artists' works to your collection, who would they be?
CB: My personal favourites are Nicholas Hlobo, Liza Grobler and Faith47.

 

TT: What can one expect to see from Worldart going into 2016?
CB: Exciting solo exhibitions at Worldart: Norman O’Flynn - he is one of SA’s most relevant and exciting pop artists; Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s first solo show in South Africa in two years; and then a sculpture solo show with Haidee Nel. Also confirmed is the Cape Town Art Fair in February, where we will have a group exhibition with our gallery artists.

 

Visit Worldart on at First Thursdays on 3 December for the opening of "2015 WorldartStars", a group exhibition. You'll find them at 54 Church Street.