Art and about in Woodstock

Woodstock is known as a cultural hub jam-packed with artistic events, exhibitions and galleries around every corner. All of these serve to promote international work but more importantly, local talent. New galleries are constantly popping up and we’ll keep you in the loop on our events page. To get you started on what to look out for, the following five galleries stand out:

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  1. The Lovell Gallery

In 2014, Christian Sulger-Buel and Tamzin Lovell Miller partnered to launch Sulger-Buel Lovell in London. Christian had been collecting African art for over 35 years, and Tamzin opened her first gallery in Cape Town in December 2009.

The collection at the Lovell Gallery has a focus on fresh quality pieces with a majority focus on local artists, making stunning pieces available to art lovers at rather affordable prices. It has a main gallery where solo and group shows are displayed, as well as a smaller gallery upstairs with a variety of more contemporary works.

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  1. Goodman Gallery Cape Town

The Goodman Gallery has branches in Woodstock and Johannesburg, and is home to a fantastic collection of contemporary art by local as well as international artists. They will be hosting a major exhibition at the Woodstock gallery, titled ‘Africans in America’ from 17 November to 17 January, which you don’t want to miss.

The exhibition will be conceptualised and curated by Liza Essers and Hank Willis Thomas; and it runs concurrent to a major international academic conference. Follow their Facebook page for more details.

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  1. WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery

For curators and collectors looking for sculptures, paintings, performance pieces, installations or drawings, the WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery has become one of the most popular spots to find these artefacts in Woodstock.

WHATIFTHEWORLD intends to stimulate and facilitate critical debates and dialogue within the art community. They also have a very impressive history in publishing artist monographs and catalogues, and have been the host of a series of noteworthy exhibitions, continually looking for new ways to represent established and upcoming South African artists.

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  1. SMAC Gallery

SMAC Gallery represents a number of established and emerging South African artists as well as international artists. They strongly encourage international exchange by hosting and offering exchange programmes to well-known international artists, as well as artists from the African continent. Don’t miss the upcoming exhibition, ‘Degreened’ by Frances Goodman that will be on display from 29 October to 3 December.

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  1. Blank Projects

Blank Projects is an independent exhibition space that showcases multiple new developments and pieces of contemporary South African art. What makes this a great space is their willingness to feature experimental work and the regular flow of new and exciting exhibitions and artists. Don’t miss the current exhibition, ‘ASSEMBLE’ by Kyle Morland on display until 19 November 2016.

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Security update – September

photo-1469510090920-fd33379d1f7cThe WID team consists of 17 staff members working tirelessly to take care of businesses and their staff in Woodstock. The team includes drivers, foot patrollers, security controllers and vehicle patrollers. Please feel free to contact the WID at any time, if you feel unsafe or if you know of anything that has happened so that they can assist.

Our cleaning team is divided into zones so that each area gets the attention it needs to ensure safe and clean streets. During September, a total of 34 loads of rubbish were taken to the dumpsite, four planned clean-up operations took place and a number of damaged phone booths and defective traffic lights were fixed. We do our best to keep up to date with areas that need work, but if we miss something then please don’t hesitate to let us know.

As people start leaving home more often to enjoy summertime in Cape Town, please be aware of the following basic tips when parking on the street:
• Never leave anything in your car where it can be seen, but preferably not at all.
• Always let someone know where you’re going and when they should expect you back.
• Park in a well-lit street or in front of a restaurant/ store so your car is visible.
• Make sure your car alarm works and physically check that your car is locked (to avoid being a victim of remote jamming).

Save our contact details for emergencies or queries, and call us if you have anything to report: info@wid.co.za and 021 462 1205.

Notice Annual General Meeting

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The Woodstock Improvement District NPC (WID) will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM). All stakeholders are invited to a review of the year’s activities, approval of the extension of the SRA term and planning for 2017/18.

Date: 16 November 2016

Time: 17h30

Venue: Ground Floor (next to Capitec Bank, De Waal House, 172 Victoria Road, Woodstock)

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the WID.  This membership is available free of charges to all owners of non-residential property within the WID footprint, but they must be registered before 11 November 2016.

For further information, AGM documentation and how to register go to www.wid.co.za or e-mail admin@wid.co.za or call 021 462 7321 .

Take a walk on the Woodstock side of graffiti

Art and graffiti is synonymous with Woodstock; from wall art to architecture this suburb is a masterpiece to behold. One of the most iconic elements of the Woodstock area is its intricately and strikingly detailed urban canvases. Walls, buildings, fences, houses, road structures, bridges – all have been beautifully tainted with this thing called art. More specifically, graffiti art.

Graffiti has often been seen as a symbol of rebellion, key demonstrations of propaganda and an overall recklessness. However, it has come to be so much more. The art of graffiti is a comment on society; it tells the stories of a community and the evolution of an environment or group of people. From simple illustrations to more accessorised literary statements and humorous caricatures, it’s become a key part of our history and our day-to-day lives.

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The first stop on your soon-to-be graffiti journey in Woodstock should be Sidestreet Studios on Albert Road – this has become the unofficial heart of art and design. Contrary to what you’d think, the walls on this collection of three buildings was done by a Spanish artist, Okuda. What a brilliant display of vibrancy and life! It just goes to show that art can cross continents and still bring people together. This mural is a high-flying flag for all aspiring artists.

Not all the graffiti in Woodstock is as fresh, though. As one of the oldest, most culturally and historically rich areas of Cape Town, some of the art you see has been there for years and years reminding residents how far the suburb has come. Fortunately, art doesn’t dictate what the story should be. So although the original artist painted with something in mind, any display of creativity is open for you to ascribe your own story or meaning to it. Art is truly about heart and it brings people together – it has brought Woodstock residents together for years.

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Take a walk, or a cycle, or even a drive, through the welcoming streets of Woodstock and take in the inspiration that is plastered on almost every corner.

District: an area of a city characterised by one particular feature or activity

The District, set in the heart of Woodstock, is an urban monument to the history of the suburb. This district, however, is quite different to the one written in history books as it serves now as a hub of business and community organisations that look after those in the surrounds. Read on as we walk through the doors of The District and look around at what’s inside.

wid-districtThis iconic building is unassuming in its placement at 41 Sir Lowry Road but if you step inside, there is so much more than meets the eye. As you cross the threshold, you’re met with an urban-like garden with succulents, fountain displays and a beautiful allocated area of tables with benches and swing chairs. This lunch area brings all the offices together and adds a space to relax in an otherwise fairly corporate environment.

There are quite a number of businesses that call this building, and the bustling suburb, home. In the confines of the four walls you’ll find a fresh, on-the-go food stop called GoGo. In their own words, they’re becoming the caffeine capital of Woodstock, packed full of brain food that you can grab between meetings. When it comes to all things creative, they’ve got the food covered and in the same building Ogilvy has it covered in terms of advertising and art.

If you get up to the fourth floor, you’ll find Strike Media – a full-service mobile marketing agency. Their slogan is The power of mobile. Own the street. which is apt in that they’re literally just off the street. Look around a bit more and you’ll find some other strategically-situated businesses that will do you well if you’re looking to make a change in your own home. These are Procraft Interiors, Forest Flooring and LAVO Bathroom Concepts.

We love having The District as one of our business hubs and we look forward to seeing its growth and development in future. We’re here to serve you, to listen to you, to help you. We have an open door policy and welcome any community feedback that will make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. If you would like to talk to us, call us on 021 462 7321. If you would like to report any criminal activity in the area you can call our 24/7 security line on 021 462 1205. Lastly, if you’d like to stay up to date with our news and what’s happening in Woodstock, sign up to our monthly newsletter below.

We look forward to seeing you in The District.