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Keyes Thursdays brings urban photography and print pop ups to life

At Keyes Thursdays on 2 May 2019, visitors to Keyes Art Mile will be the first to enjoy the much anticipated Urban Gaze exhibition – which opens earlier that evening in The Atrium – as well as a showcase of work by established South African photographer, Musa Nxumalo.

Keyes Art Mile ThursdayRun by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Urban Gaze is a photography competition that aims to open up space for emerging photographers and create a database of images to use in the GCRO’s research publications and online platforms.
     The exhibition – which provides a fascinating, deep and intimate focus on the places, people, issues and elements that make up the Gauteng City-Region – will feature photographs by the shortlisted entrants, alongside the overall winner and five winners in each of the competition’s categories: Histories and Futures, Place and Movement, Economy and Economic Life, Sustainability and the Environment, and A Province and Its People.
     Once again, Keyes Thursdays is also hosting a pop up shop of affordable and collectible limited edition prints. This time, Maboneng’s David Krut Projects will exhibit original artworks from Colbert Mashile, Nina Torr, Rhett Martyn, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Robyn Penn, Maja Maljevic, Pebofatso Mokoena, Stephen Hobbs and Bronwen Findlay, amongst others.
     The third exhibition in the Keyes Thursdays programme for this month is TMRW Gallery’s VR art experience by Olivié Keck, which sees Keck’s new works brought vividly to life using virtual reality technology.
     The live band playing at this month’s Keyes Thursday is Swazi Cartell and the DJ filling the evening with more sound will be DJ Boisanza. Paella, pizza, hot dogs, sushi and burritos make up the menu, while The Union Pop Up Bar and Mix Cocktail Bar serve drinks throughout the evening. Guests can also head to Afrikoa Cafe for coffee, chocolate and champagne – all perfect accompaniments to art-browsing.

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