Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

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We reigned in our 2018 with the opening for our events calendar for the year with Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

The event consisted of a workshop and showcase, with an aim to discuss the challanges faced by upcoming artists and to open a dialogue that finds solutions to these problems so that the community can strategize and lay a framework to solve these problems and enhance the productivity and growth for upcoming artists. The workshop addressed ways in which artists can progress collectively and individually.

The workshop consisted of enlightening dialogue where all voices were heard and in light of that, the general consensus was to not have conversations that lead to more conversation but rather action and implementation from all parties involved.

In the true spirit of the artistry that we aim to support and grow, the showcase section of the event consisted of Visual Arts; Gallery In A Pool. An all female group pop up exhibition featuring the artists; Khanya The Designer, Nokwanda Themba, Sisanda Buthelezi and Wani Alchemist. Poetry performances that captivated the audience featuring Maira Wolfe, Kat Upendi, Amowlee, Dani Ntambelani, Masai Sepuru, Zie, and Truth. To end off the day a variety of musical performances followed suit by Jazz Duet Lehlohonolo Ntsoko and Ntando.  Hip Hop, Pop and Afro Soul musicians Slabsta, Joan K, Velaphi, Khanyi Oktober, Mag SA, Manxeezy and Neo Kan Afrika.

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A special thanks to our sponsors CACPIR and Mr Tshepo Mahanuke, the communities that supported the innitiative; Woke Arts, Poetoria Society, NuSoul Hub, Creatives Makhado, Dijo Catering and Hip Hoper Nation. The community looks forward to expanding on the workshop and mobalizing the ideas brought forth to ensure progress and support for the upcoming art community.

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Visual Awakening | Screen your imagination.

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The first Film Screening event hosted by Artizens of Joburg and IMSurreal Live showcasing the work of emerging Filmmakers around Gauteng.

This screening aims to provide a platform and an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to network, collaborate and grow within their craft.

Venue:
M Studio Community
2nd Floor (203)
August House
76 End St. Doornfontein

RSVP: artizensofjoburg@gmail.com
(No RSVP – A cover fee of R20 will be charged at entrance).

Open Studios at August House.

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M Studio Community opened its doors on the 26th of March 2017 for the August House open studios and welcomed in many art lovers and enthusiasts.  M Studio Community is the home of the talented artists and creatives such as Michael Selekane, Azael Langa, Neo Mahlangu, Victor  Kuster, SNV and Artizens of Joburg.

The open studio exhibition featured a wide spectrum of artworks, tackling many genres and commenting on everything from socio-economic issues and politics. The open studios exhibition give the audience a chance to engage with the artists in their work environment and explore the artists intimate creation space. The open studios give insight to the audience to better understand the depths of perceiving art as a lifestyle as opposed to a commodity which the M Studio Community artists embody.

M Studio was well received by the art community, making sales of a whopping 22 artworks.

We’re absolutely looking forward to the next open studio to see what M Studio Community has to offer next.

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M Studio at Ornico City Launch.

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M Studio Community is back in Joburg and already making a splash in the art scene once again. This community of  dynamic visual arts, performing arts, music and poetry was from the 24th of February to the 26th at Ornico City Launch “Bridges that Connect US” auction and exhibition.

M Studio Community’s Dawn Sarah McGee curated the “Bridges that Connect Us” exhibition, with Nantu Phalatsi of Tshidzo Art under her mentorship. Tshidzo Art is an art company whose mission is to use their skills, resources and networks to help artist build long lasting careers in their area of gifting. The exhibition featured renowned fine artists, Mbongeni Buthelezi. Tshidzo Mangena, Solomon Omolayo Omogboye, Azael Langa, Ndabuko Jukulani Ntuli, Michael Selekane, Johnny Guavo, Dario Manjate, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, and Florian Willfort.

The Old Natal Bank Building, now home to Ornico Media was transformed into an art space for the auction and exhibition. The underground floor was a maze of artworks to explore, each room was filled with a fusion of contemporary artworks while M Studio performing artists and poets gave live performances as the audience walked through. Malvern Primary school learners graced the stage with a dance routine and a Jazz band performance lead by saxophone tenor, Lehlogonolo Ntsoko to close off the evening.

The opening evening was a success with M Studio auctioning off six artworks. M Studio Community is on the 2nd floor of August House on 76 End street. Be sure to pop in for more gripping visual arts.

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Johnny Guava Solo Photographic Exhibition.

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On Saturday the 15th of October Johnny Guava opened his first solo photographic exhibition “CANdour” at MB Studio Community Gallery. The exhibtion told the captivating story of the artists journey of self discovery, seeking to identify the roles, labels and reponsiblities ascribed to him and that of the people in his life who are closest to him.

When you look at the beatuiful images on the wall you are mezmarised by the luminous image in front of you, and as you take a step closer you soon realize that are the images are constructed from discarded cans which he photographs, then follows through with deep etching process to shape the cans further and construct a totally new image from it.

We had the opportunity to follow up with the artist himself, and see what the journey to the exhibition was like. “It was about reflection, reflecing on where I come from and where I wanna go.” To up and coming photographers who wish to one day have an exhibition like him he says “Keep at your photography and experiment”.

 

Salad: Spoken Word Session.

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The Poetoria Society gathered at MB Studio Community for a spoken word session “Salad”. This was an open mic session for poets and artists to come together to showcase their creativity while expressing their thoughts on the current Fees Must Fall movement in South Africa. The poets were challenged to write an original poem no longer than 7 minutes inspired by the following quote.

“Schools are the reflection of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.” – Assata Shakur

This was a chance for the youth to deeply reflect on the social and ecomomic issues we are facing. It was truly wonderful to see artists actively taking a stance and creating conscious art.