Man­ager and cu­ra­tor at Circa and Everard Read Gallery

Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape - jake read

The Everard Read Gallery, es­tab­lished in 1913 by Jake’s grand­fa­ther, moved to Rose­bank in 1980. In 2009 the Read fam­ily launched Circa nearby. Re­cently, three other gal­leries have opened in the precinct: SMAC, What If The World and South­ern Guild. To­gether, they’ve cre­ated a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for con­tem­po­rary African art. ‘The Keyes Art Mile has be­come a hotspot, a re­ally fun and funky place to hang out. It’s bring­ing a lot of new peo­ple here. Every first Thurs­day of the month, the gal­leries stay open late, the whole street gets closed. There are food trucks and live mu­sic. It cre­ates a nice young buzz in the area to ex­pose ev­ery­one to the arts.’

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