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Meet the artists, buy their art, at the August House Open Studio Art Affair
Posted on August 14, 2018.

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South African art lovers and buyers who relish the opportunity to meet their favourite contemporary African visual artists in their private workspaces and personally engage the artists about their creative process will be delighted to hear August House is hosting its popular Open Studio event on Sunday, 2 September 2018.

The event is being held as part of Joburg Art Week, and not only sees 60+ August House artists opening up their private studio spaces to the public, but also providing visitors with the exclusive opportunity to discuss the artworks on hand with the artists and even purchase them, on the spot, direct from the artist.

"As an art institution, August House works hard to provide platforms for our artists to network and engage with both the greater art world and the public. We do this through events like pop-up group exhibitions in corporate spaces and of course, our Open Studios, which have proved to be incredibly popular among the local and African art fraternity. This year’s event is even more auspicious due to its inclusion in the Joburg Art Week programme as a fringe event to the upcoming FNB Joburg Art Fair," says Kate Ballenden, general manager of August House.

To this end, the event is being positioned as the Open Studio Art Affair – a sideline art fair that emphasises personal engagement with the artists in their studios. This complements the format of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, where works are displayed in a formal gallery setting, in the absence of the artists who created them. The FNB Joburg Art Fair takes place directly after the Open Studio Art Affair, from 6 to 9 September 2018.

August House is renowned for its Open Studio events, which run two to three times a year with the express purpose of stimulating personal engagement with both artists and their works, allowing the public to 'invest in art, and invest in people'.

A classic 1940s industrial building in Doornfontein; August House is a legendary five-storey artists hub with a 12 year history in the art world, It incubates, stimulates and supports emerging contemporary African fine artists, and has established itself as an independent art house accommodating more than 50 independent pan-African artists, all under one roof in private art studios. Together these artists collaborate, and mentor and incubate other young artists, in what is possibly the largest community of pan-African fine artists, all housed in one place, in the country.

The venue has grown through the establishment of the broader artistic culture and community that is being carefully cultivated here by the artists, their equity, their personalities and investments in the arts.

Open Studio Art Affair takes place on Sunday, 2 September 2018 from 10:30 - 16:00, with the official opening at 12:00 on the second floor. Artist Stompie Selibe's band, Recycling Sound, will provide the music for the event – toe-tapping indigenous jazz pieces that promise to lend a distinctly African flavour to the day.

The following artists will participate in the event:

Upper ground studios: Vusi Beauchamp; Lindo Zwane; Sifiso Temba; Azael Langa Andrew Kayser; Zwelethu Mashepa; Sizwe Khoza and Kealeboga Tlalang.

First floor studios: Benon Lutaaya; Patrick Seruwu; Ludumo Maqabuka (Toto); Taiwo Ohu; Ben Ngobeni; Boitumelo Gaothaelwe; Nkosana Nhlapo and Yanga Mantamgayi.

Second floor studios: Mbongeni Fakudze; Johan Stegmann; Layziehound Coka; Goodlord Shoyisa; Jan Maanda Tshikuthula; Andrew Ntshabele; Themba Khumalo; Kamogelo Masemola; Theko Boshomane; Lebohang Sithole; Sthembiso Zwane; Nqobile Nxumalo and Riaan Wilmans.

Third floor studios: Bambolwami Sibiya; Sanusi Olatunji; Greatjoy Ndlovu; Sifiso Mkhabela; Vusi Mbulali; Solomon Omogboye and Kate Ballenden.

Fourth floor studios: Motsamai Thabane and Sikelela Damane

End Street studios: Odette Graskie; Toni-Ann Ballenden; Thina Dube; Linda Joan; Rhett Martyn; Bronwyn Lace; Masetho Mohohlo; Chrisel van der Merwe and Fatima Tayob Moosa.

Mpho studio: Mncedi Madolo; Petros Mwenga; Arlindo Maunde; Xolisile Qwesha; Duma Mtimkulu; Bolelang Leepile and Mongezi Ncombo.

5th Wave: Phase Two: An all-women group exhibition with Olwethu de Vos (curator); Kanielwe Makoena; Althea Nzima; Chrisel van der Merwe; Odette Graskie; Fatima; Tayob Moosa; Linda Joan; Nqobile Nxumalo; Dudu Mlilo; Thina Zibi; Louise Pretorius; Xia and Anaka.

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