With a slew of fresh art- and de­sign-re­lated busi­nesses pop­ping up in the area, Braam­fontein has a brand-new spring in its step

House and Leisure (South Africa) - - Contents - TEXT GARRETH VAN NIEK­ERK PHO­TOGRAPHS GRAEME WYLLIE


Along with the ar­rival of Wits Art Mu­seum in the epic space it oc­cu­pies to­day, a whole new en­ergy in the Braam­fontein art scene has been ush­ered in. From the mu­seum’s reg­u­lar ca­reer-span­ning ret­ro­spec­tives of work by the likes of Ger­ard Sekoto, Andy Warhol and Wal­ter Bat­tiss to its eye­open­ing ‘object biog­ra­phy’ ex­hi­bi­tions show­cas­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary Wits African art col­lec­tion, it is a unique art space on the con­ti­nent. Cur­rently the mu­seum is host­ing a mov­ing sur­vey of Sa­belo Mlan­geni’s pho­to­graphic works, cu­rated by Ka­belo Malat­sie, whom we fea­ture in our Style Pro­file (p128) this month. Univer­sity Cor­ner, cnr Joris­sen and Bertha Streets, 011-717-1365.


Kalashnikovv was one of the first gal­leries on the block, and own­ers MJ Turpin and Matthew Dean Dow­dle keep that un­der­ground, edgy spirit of the area alive in their new venue on the cor­ner of the 70 Juta devel­op­ment. Ex­pect ex­hi­bi­tions by young genre-de­fy­ing artists such as Ayanda Mab­ulu, Mx­olisi Vusi Beauchamp and Maaike Bakker. Kalashnikovv is also a stand­out fea­ture at the FNB JoburgArtFair, so don’t miss it at this year’s event. 70 Juta St, 073-124-8183.


Right next door to their gallery space, the boys from Kalashnikovv have opened an ‘art bar’ where you can knock back some of their one-of-a-kind sea­sonal cock­tails while im­mers­ing your­self in the ever-ro­tat­ing, hy­per-con­cep­tual art in­stal­la­tions that are set up in­side. Jo­han­nes­burg in­sid­ers know the legacy of MJ and Matthew’s early-2000s in­ner-city par­ties, so pre­pare your­self for some of the best mu­sic and vibes that Joburg has to of­fer. 68 Juta St, 073-124-8183. Tes­ta­ment Bar


Umuzi cre­ative academy and agency has pro­duced some of the coun­try’s most ex­cit­ing young cre­atives, one of them be­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Kgo­motso Neto Tleane, and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s project space at 70 Juta ex­poses its fresh­est voices. The academy reg­u­larly takes over the 70 Juta block with mes­meris­ing in­stal­la­tions and hosts street events that cap­ture the essence of the Braam­fontein scene. 70 Juta St.


South African art veter­ans such as Penny Siopis, Jane Alexan­der and Zanele Muholi all call Steven­son home, and the Joburg chap­ter has had some of their most ground­break­ing ex­hi­bi­tions open to the world for the first time. Steven­son is also be­com­ing a power player glob­ally for its im­pres­sive mono­graphs and pub­lish­ing pro­jects, so make sure you check it out. 62 Juta St, 011-403-1055. steven­

6. 99 JUTA

Three storeys of the coun­try’s most in­spir­ing de­sign spa­ces oc­cupy the brand­new 99 Juta devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing stand­alone stores by Dok­ter and Misses, Joe Paine, Hout­lander and Apart­ment 2B (which fea­tures the cre­ative ge­nius of House and Leisure favourite Mash. T De­sign Stu­dio). Head all the way to the top of the stair­case to see Dok­ter and Misses’ Moon­jelly lamps, then run back down to gaze at the beauty of Ur­ba­na­tive’s pop-up on the ground floor – and its selfie-wor­thy, can­dyfloss-pink court­yards. 99 Juta St.


Sneaker cul­ture has al­ways found its place in Braam, where Nike opened its first lo­cal HQ – and Sneaker Lab at 70 Juta is car­ry­ing the torch for the next gen­er­a­tion. The store is the place to get your sneak­ers cleaned, or to pur­chase the brand’s unique sneaker-clean­ing prod­ucts, but it also does ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions with a fea­tured South African artist ev­ery month – our most re­cent in­fat­u­a­tion is the mono­chrome col­lec­tion with il­lus­tra­tion star Karabo Poppy and the ex­pres­sive work of African Gin­ger. 70 Juta St, 011-339-1025. sa.sneak­er­


Painter and de­signer Banele Khoza just opened his own stu­dio and de­sign store on Juta Street, full of all the de­sign ob­jects he loves and, of course, his own colour­ful paint­ings. It’s the per­fect place to un­der­stand the artist’s process. 68 Juta St, 078-529-4013.


This pop-up gallery at 155 Smit Street, over­look­ing the Play in­ner-city sculp­ture park, hosts fash­ion-re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated by big-time in­flu­encers like The Threaded Man, DEAD, GALXBOY and Prime Ob­ses­sion. 155 Smit St, kul­turekollek­


Al­though not new to the Braam scene, this beloved Satur­day mar­ket is ever-chang­ing and ex­pand­ing, and now has a wrap­around bal­cony that gives vis­i­tors a chance to ap­pre­ci­ate one of the city sky­line’s pret­ti­est views. Grab a cock­tail at the bar and a bite to eat, then put your feet up and watch Joburg pass you by. 73 Juta St, 081-416-2605. neigh­bour­goods­mar­


As­sem­blage is a hub in which the coun­try’s emerg­ing and un­known con­tem­po­rary vis­ual artists can con­nect and col­lab­o­rate, cre­at­ing a space where the ex­per­i­men­tal and un­known is the or­der of the day. It was one of the first ten­ants to set up in Braam­fontein, and re­mains an es­sen­tial stop on any art tour. 153 Smit St. as­sem­


DJs Ken­zhero and Bradley Wil­liams have banded to­gether to spice up all the down­town grunge with a lit­tle glam­our in their new Braam­fontein place – a slick eatery, cock­tail bar, mu­sic space and art gallery. Ex­pect lots of mar­ble, brass and crys­tal glasses served with a big dose of so­cially con­scious cre­ativ­ity. There’s a whole ex­tra side to Artivist that you might miss if you don’t know what they’re up to, so fol­low them on so­cial me­dia, too. 7 Re­serve St, 011-339-1647. Artivist


Con­nect­ing hip spots such as Eighty Six Pub­lic pizze­ria, Turk­ish bak­ery Galata, African cof­fee em­po­rium Dou­bleShot and The Im­mi­grant Bar – around Dok­ter and Misses’ Is­abelo so­lar­pow­ered Wi-Fi bench – is a colour­ful pub­lic square called The Grove. Exit the back of the square onto De Korte Street, pass­ing For­tis­cue and Nokuthula Helepi’s African Flavour Books, which stocks al­most 100% lo­cal ti­tles. Cnr Juta, Melle and De Korte Streets.


If you’re look­ing for some of the best live mu­sic in South Africa, and one of the city’s coolest crowds, head to The Or­bit. It’s be­come syn­ony­mous with break­out per­for­mances by up-and-comers, but also reg­u­larly hosts the world’s big­gest names in jazz. The food is de­li­cious, and, best of all, served late into the night. 81 De Korte St, 011-339-6645. the­o­r­

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