South Africa is a place of innovation and creation. We have great food, great wine and a great many award-winning design and art pieces produced on a scarily frequent basis. However, all too often these expressions of South African culture and creativity are treated as mutually exclusive, which is where innovation has a role to play. Master Card and Artlogic have once again married the three concepts in the form of the Winter Sculpture Fair. This fair, to be held on the 4th and 5th of May, just outside Johannesburg, will be a showcase of how well these three separate lifestyle aspects can work together.
The fair will be held at the Nirox sculpture garden, just outside of Johannesburg and Pretoria in the region of the Cradle of Humankind. This venue is not only scenic with its rolling grass lawns dotted with trees, but unique in being an exhibition space exclusively for the showcase of South African and international sculpture art.
During the Winter Sculpture Fair, visitors will be able to shop and eat among sculptures from the After the Rainbow Nation 2013 exhibition. After the Rainbow formed part of the Hague’s annual exhibit of international sculpture. Iconic pieces have been returned to South Africa for the Sculpture Fair and the collection is supplemented with some extra pieces too. Artists on show include Beth Armstrong, Gordon Mudzunga, Angus Taylor and Debbie Bell among others.
As for the food, a number of award-winning restaurants from South Africa’s culinary capital, Franschhoek, will be preparing deluxe lunches. The restaurants represented include Pierneef a la Motte, Reuben’s and Cotage Fromage. Celebrated wineries such as La Motte and Vrede en Lust will be available to quench your wine thirst.
The idea is that in between wondering the fair shopping for deli-type goods such as charcuterie, cheeses and wines and ambling around taking in the magnificent sculpture works, you will be able to grab a lunch basket from your chosen establishment and head into the gardens to enjoy a leisurely meal around one of the picnic tables with friends.
This event provides a unique opportunity for Gautengers to experience the Cape’s culinary prowess while enjoying sculpture works of an exemplary standard. At R100, the entry fee is not prohibitive and any discerning food and/or art lover should definitely daisies the Winter Sculpture Fair.
Photo credit: © Winter Sculpture Fair