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Open Studio: Make Art Happen

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Assemblage is pleased to announce that it will be holding its last Open Studio event for 2014 on Wednesday 12 November from 17:00-21:00.
We welcome friends, colleagues, supporters and art-lovers to join us for an evening filled with art, drinks and pizza as we take a retrospective look at Assemblage Studios in 2014.

Date: Wednesday 12 November 2014
Time: 17:00 - 21:00
Venue: Assemblage Artist Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown (entrance through a boom in the servitude lane on North side of building)

Visuals by:
Quixote Only - will be screening a mini_doccumentary of Assemblage's community of artists, providing insights into their thoughts and work processes.

Sounds by:
Fly Machine

Pizza by:
Primi Piatti

Beer Garden by:


All studio artists will be present in their studios and the public will have the opportunity to view and purchase artwork, speak to artists about their process and to be part of the Assemblage community for an evening.

Assemblage holds quarterly Open Studio events. Assemblage welcomes proposals for talks, discussions, performance or events to occur at these events that broaden and enrich the Johannesburg visual arts community. Please send your ideas for future collaboration to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For further information about the event, the organisation or available studio space please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Pop Up Shop

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Artists from the Bag Factory, Brown Eyed Boy, Prints on Paper and Assemblage will unite at Killarney Mall's Art Zone in a showcase of outstanding South African talent. The mall has offered the space to artists to grow their careers and explore the mall as a different channel of distribution.

These artists will be joined by Shani Krebs, who after spending almost two decades in a Thai prison is pursuing his vision of being an artist who can exhibit amongst SA's finest, Art Zone is a dream come true for this talented up-and-coming artist.

One of Joburg's leading visual arts organisations, the Bag Factory has been alive and kicking since 1991, when the space was set up to provide studios for artists - mainly black artists, who at that stage, had very little access to networks and resources in order to build their careers, allowing them to become full time practicing artists. It was one of the first collective studio spaces for visual artists in South Africa and has held it's downtown ground in the rapidly evolving metropolis of Johannesburg. The Bag Factory are driving the collaborative space that is the Art Zone. Since its inception the Bag Factory has focused on developing a programme that stands for inclusion and diversity, built on an idea of open access.

Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. Through an informative website, peer mentoring groups, workshops, group exhibitions, artist studios and other collaborative projects, it hopes to contribute and promote artistic innovation, collaboration and a proactive vibrancy within Johannesburg. Artists involved in this organisation will showcase their pieces at Art Zone, the pop-up art gallery, which opens doors on 16 October at Killarney Mall.

Prints on Paper is an open-access print studio based at the Assemblage Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg. It opened in 2013 and provides artists with a space where they can explore various forms of printmaking, including linograph, monotype, silkscreen and more. They have recently launched their very first collaborative portfolio on the theme “Colour Line”.

Participating organisation Brown Eyed Boy was created as a vehicle for talent to be discovered, unearthed and exhibited. They enable talented artists, photographers, designers, writers and other specialists who are driven by passion and seek to change the world with their craft.

Come and celebrate the love of art at Killarney Mall's Art Zone, there's something for everyone, if you prefer to browse or collect art, this pop-up store will ignite the creativity in every art lover's heart. The pop-up store will run from 16 October to 30 November 2014. Kiddies can also join in on the fun every Saturday morning from 10am- 1pm for the kiddies Paint Portal run by the Bag Factory.

For more information please contact either:
Katia Lodder from Killarney Mall on 082 489 7402
Sara Hallatt from the Bag Factory on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Bag Factory and Assemblage would like to thank Killarney Mall for its generous donation of the space.


Available Studio Spaces

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We have three shared studio spaces available.

1. 40sqm shared studio for R1600/month (shared between 3 people)

2. 22sqm shared studio for R1750/month (shared between 2 people)

3. 35sqm shared studio for R1400/month (shared between 3 people)

To apply send the following information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
- A CV
- 5 - 10 images of your artworks
- two references
- and a motivational letter

Rental includes electricity, water, internet, 24 hour access


Joburg Sketchers and Assemblage Collaboration

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Assemblage collaborates with Joburg Sketchers and explores urban sketching the First Friday of every month.

Come join us!

Next Sketch Crawl: 7 November 2014

Time: 14:00

Place: Meet at Assemblage's Studios Newtown, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown.  Directions can be found here.

More about Joburg Sketchers:
Joburg Sketchers is coordinated by Cathy Gatland and operates under the guidelines of the international Urban Sketchers movement, of which Cathy is the Johannesburg correspondent. Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organisation whose mission as a nonprofit is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world with drawings. 

The Joburg branch has a small group of dedicated sketchers of all ages, stages and drawing styles who are inspired by Joburg streets, buildings, people and activities.

They sketch from direct observation and share sketches online, the group is looking to grow.So if you want to have fun and meet new people, get involved .

The Manifesto that Joburg  Sketchers follows:
We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
Our drawings are a record of time and place.
We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
We support each other and draw together.
We share our drawings online.
We show the world, one drawing at a time

For more information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Artists 'Rent-a-desk' per day

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Part of Assemblage’s mission is to provide support and networking for as many Johannesburg based artists as possible. So, we will now be offering a daily rent-a-desk/easel option at the NewARC.

How it works:
For individual artists: The NewARC has a large workshop area which can accommodate up to 5 individual artists at a time. Artists who are looking for a space on a temporary or part-time basis to make work can book a spot for a day. The artist will find themselves in a vibrant and proactive community at the NewARC and will benefit by engaging with other artists and by receiving input on their work. Rates: R70 per artist per day

For groups: This space can also be booked by groups to facilitate workshops including for training or life drawing etc. For workshops, the space can be booked for one day or longer. Rates: On request, dependent on time period

What you get:
Desks, Chairs, Easel (if required), Internet access
Access to the NewARC library and kitchen facilities
Access to and engagement with the NewARC community

Click here to make a booking.

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