Winter Sculpture Fair 2017

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From May 13 to 14, 2017, Winter Sculpture Fair 2017, will present Open Laboratory by 50 young alumni artists at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park. It is an international exhibition with over 40 works on display.

The exhibition brings the universities into conversation with the public and encourages discourse amongst themselves and their students through public walkabouts, workshops and talks before and during the exhibition. Twelve curators appointed by six South African universities will express their own insights through the work of the artists who experienced their adulthood after the fall of apartheid – with all its promises, hopes and challenges.

Historically the vanguard of change, universities and their relations with society could not be more relevant or centre stage than they are today. Seldom do curators and artists have the opportunity to come together to express their concerns on this scale, with this latitude.

Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park will be transformed into a contemporary wonderland, with larger sculptures dotted across the landscape, creating the ideal background for a social marketplace.

After having successfully created the FNB Joburg Art Fair and Sanlam Investments Handmade Contemporary Fair, Art logic decided to create a new event that offers Gautengers an opportunity for a day out of the city. The success of the past two year’s Winter Sculpture Fair proves this is the perfect day trip, where discerning visitors can enjoy good food, wine and art, in a spectacular setting with friends and family.

The Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park, the first of its kind in Gauteng, offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy an art form not ordinarily enjoyed by the general public. About an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, the 15 hectare, lush expanse of land that was once a commercial trout farm now offers an impressive display of world-class sculpture amid a sea of greenery, complete with walkways and water features.

The participating universities, their selected curators and exhibition titles include, University of Pretoria (Johan Thom and Shenaz Mahomed), Mmarakas. The Free Noise Station at Nirox; Tshwane University Technology (Philiswa Lila and Runette Kruger), Classes and Methods: objects to perform; University Cape Town (Dr Siona O’Connel and Jade Nair), Free-dom : Ways of Life in the Wake of Catastrophe; University South Africa (Dr Gwenneth Miller, Maaike Bakker and Prof Nombeko Mpako), Against the Surge; University Johannesburg (Gordon Froud and Thabang Monoa), Materiality, liminality, impermanence, dissolution and the environment; and University of Witwatersrand (Dr Same Mdluli), Inyala Station: Operation Occupy Nirox.

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