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The Winter Sculpture Fair returns to Nirox on 12 and 13 May

An international sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, complete with exquisite food and wine from the Franschhoek Valley.

Winter Sculpture Fair
Mary Sibande, Let slip the dogs of war, 2015, Wanas Konst PHOTO Mattias Givell

     Artlogic’s renowned Winter Sculpture Fair returns for its 6th edition at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend of 12 and 13 May, 2018. Join us to experience world-class sculpture while enjoying the finest food and wine.
     In partnership with Franschhoek Tourism, the Fair will afford our visitors the opportunity to sample some of the country’s best food and wine from the famed Cape valley. Top restaurants and wineries will set up shop alongside one another to offer audiences a feast of their choosing. From artisanal cheeses by Fromages de France to wine from Babylonstoren as well as the famed chocolate desserts by Huguenot Fine Chocolates. The upcoming Mother’s day weekend promises to be a delight for the entire family to be enjoyed meandering through the beautiful grounds of Nirox and picnicking amongst the sculptures.
     The 2018 Winter Sculpture Fair will mark the opening of the NIROX Foundation annual winter sculpture exhibition to the public, in collaboration with the Swedish sculpture park, Wanås Konst/The Wanås Foundation. The exhibition is supported by The Swedish Postcode Foundation.

Winter Sculpture Park
Yoko Ono, Wish Trees for Wanas 1996, 2011, Wanas Konst PHOTO Mattias Givell

About the Winter Exhibition: Not a Single Story

The title Not a Single Story is inspired by The Danger of a Single Story a TED Talk presented by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, positing that diversity strengthens rather than divides us.
     The exhibition is a bicontinental exchange between two of the world’s leading sculpture parks and the selected artists come from various backgrounds, representing a rich diversity of perspectives and influences. Not a Single Story is interested in showcasing works by forerunners alongside emerging artists.
     By looking at overlapping dialogues through concurrent individual practices, contemporary concerns fuse together to form an open topography of viewpoints. The preliminary artist list of 20+ participants consists predominantly of women artists in response to a very singular art history. The exhibition will combine existing works alongside newly developed Productions.
     Among others, the artists include: Yoko Ono (JAP/USA), Esther Mahlangu (ZA), Nandipha Mntambo (ZA), Mary Sibande (ZA), Nelisiwe Xaba (ZA), Claudette Schreuders (ZA), Jane Alexander (ZA), Marcia Kure (NG), Bronwyn Katz (ZA), Beth Diane Armstrong (ZA), Frances Goodman (ZA), Mwangi-Hutter (KE-GE), Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE), Lungiswa Gqunta (ZA), Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind (SE), Caroline Mårtensson (SE), Whitney McVeigh (UK) and Sophia Van Wyk (ZA).
     The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive educational programme aimed at children and youth. The programme endeavours to expand their understanding of art and life. The NIROX Winter Programme includes educational exchanges, a performance programme, talks, tours and workshops, as well as a wider range of enterprises such as concerts and pop-up restaurants, in order to stimulate creative thought and promote good values – all towards building a better world.

Winter Sculpture Park
Nandipha Mntambo, Enticed Contemplation, 2015, Wanas Konst
PHOTO Mattias Givell


Powered with the help of Grotech, visitors will be able to download the NIROX App to provide live mapping of their location in the park, the exhibition catalogue and related information.

Opening Times

The 2018 Winter Sculpture Fair is open from 10:00 – 17:00 daily on both 12 and 13 May, 2018.
     Tickets are available online only prior to the event at for R220- R240. Children 12 years and under enter for free.
     For more information, visit; email or like the Winter Sculpture Fair on Facebook.

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