Joburg extends its cultural arc

The Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios, a central hub for visual artists working in a variety of media, was opened by non-profit visual arts organisation Assemblage on April 1. The hub will launch its first showcase on 31 May, with support from sponsors Primi Piatti, Gatsby Property Brokers, The Woods and IHC Consultancy.

The NewARC will be the latest addition to the "cultural arc" that stretches from Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, over the Nelson Mandela Bridge and into Newtown’s cultural precinct. It will also focus on the importance of community, collaboration, sustainability and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. Assemblage will continue to offer resident artists peer-mentoring group sessions, workshops and talks, professional practice training, exhibition opportunities and international residency exchange.

Archives and Research Coordinator for the Market Photo Workshop Mika Conradie will curate a five-day exhibition and talks programme, entitled Or As With. This title comes out of the exploration of what it means to "launch" an object or an event and is derived from the term "or as with", which dictionaries use in order to explain how a word can be used in real-life situations.

Those interested can attend the launch at the end of May at NewARC from 18h00 to 21h00. Panel discussions relating to the concept of launching a career as an artist, curator and art collective/organisation will take place on Saturday 2 June.

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Street art in Newtown. Image (c) Bianca_ZAR