Following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, “Solo Studios” returns to the Riebeek Valley over the weekend of 11-13 August 2017.
Hosted in and around the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, Solo Studios is a collaboration between artists, art curators and galleries based in the area, and has been created to provide an opportunity for art collectors to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art. This bespoke experience has firmly established itself on the arts calendar, and promises to again attract hundreds of art aficionados – with this year’s event building on the unique offerings of last year, with some exciting additions such as The Writers’ Studio. This “group exhibition” which sees local resident authors, poets, editors and illustrators share a platform, includes participation from renowned authors such as political commentator Max Du Preez and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.
Intimate Art Encounters – meet the artists in their studios
The core element of the event remains the artists, who open their private homes and studios to a limited number of visitors over the weekend. A select group of 15 local artists come together in a collaboration which offers art lovers and collectors a rare opportunity to engage with them in their personal spaces, appreciate their inspiration, and to buy their latest works “off the easel”. Participating artists include world-renown names – Tamlin Blake, Solly Smook, Andre Van Vuuren, Gordon Williams, Riaan van Zyl, Claudia Gurwitz, Garth Meyer, Jenny Parsons, Greta McMahon, Li Nepgen, Emma Willemse, Philip Barlow, Louisa Gerryts, Ivan Kirstein, Mike Hillier and Leila Fanner – all of whom are based in the Riebeek Valley.
Galleries that are also participating in Solo Studios, and which will be open for the entire weekend, are Pictorex Photographic Gallery, The Gallery, The People’s Gallery, The Writers’ Studio and RK Contemporary. Solo Studios is committed to the social development of artists and craftspeople from impoverished communities in the valley. The People’s Gallery will again provide a platform for these aspiring artists to display and sell their works, and a percentage of the proceeds from Solo Studios will go towards further funding of an Arts Development Trust. “We believe we will be able to raise enough funding to support these artists on a sustainable manner throughout the year, not only during this once off weekend event,” says Klaus Piprek, who is the organiser and overall driving force behind Solo Studios. Riebeek Kasteel’s newest art gallery, RK Contemporary has timed its debut opening to coincide with the launch of Solo Studios 2017, and will host the formal opening evening and registration point for Solo Studios. RK Contemporary will also feature signature works from each of the participating Solo Studios artists in an exclusive exhibition that will run over the course of the weekend. Here visitors will be given a “sneak peek” of the artworks to be expected during Solo Studios as each participating artist will have an art work on display.
Visitors encouraged to stay and get a taste of village life
The Riebeek Valley has so much to offer to visitors over the weekend which allows them to experience the excellent local wines, olive products, craft beers, cuisine, freshly roasted coffee, superb hospitality and top-notch entertainment which the Valley has become famous for. “Visitors are encouraged to stay in the Valley over the entire weekend of Solo Studios, during which time they can directly engage with the participating artists in their personal workspaces, admire the group exhibitions in the galleries, and experience everything else that the valley has to offer,” says Piprek. Tickets for the event come in a variety of options. The “Premier Weekend Pass” will cover entry to all the participating artists and galleries over the full weekend period and also includes access to the Friday evening opening event, as well as an exclusive breakfast event hosted by Max Du Preez and Jacques Pauw.
A regular “Weekend Pass” and “Day Passes” for the Saturday or Sunday respectively allows access to all participating studios and group exhibitions. Visitors will collect their passes at RK Contemporary and will also be given a Solo Studios map clearly indicating the routes and participants’ locations in the Riebeek Valley, as well as a catalogue which provides details on each of the participating artists and group exhibitions. Solo Studios was conceptualised to be an intimate, personal and exclusive art encounter that allows people the rare opportunity to meet these highly talented artists ‘at the coal face’ so to speak,” explains Piprek. “The event is in its second year this year, and following the resounding success of last year, we anticipate a sell-out event. Potential visitors are therefore encouraged to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. We are very excited for Solo Studios 2017 with its additional aspects and new developments which promise visitors even more to enhance the experience.”
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.solostudios.co.za and follow the link to Webtickets. A limited number of tickets are available and pre-booking is essential. For more information on Solo Studios contact Klaus Piprek on 074 209 6838, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.