The Winter Sculpture Fair

13 – 14 May 2017

at NIROX Foundation Sculpture Park, The Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre, 24 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp


An international sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, complete with exquisite food and wine from the Franschhoek Valley.

Artlogic’s popular Winter Sculpture Fair returns to the NIROX Foundation Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the weekend of 13 and 14 May 2017. Visitors will be invited to wander the park, discovering the artworks displayed, and to picnic amongst them with family and friends.

Top restaurants and wineries will set up shop alongside artisanal cheese, charcuterie and chocolate exhibits so that visitors will be able to tailor-make their own picnic experience amongst world-class sculptures.

Open Laboratory

This winter’s sculpture presentation titled Open Laboratory, will be formulated by curators who represent six South African universities. Each curator will express a separate theme through the work of alumni art students. More than fifty artists in total, all have entered adulthood after the fall of Apartheid, and so their artworks are not caught up in the political past but rather reflect the promises, hopes and challenges associated with this, the current era.

 Several performance artworks will also be incorporated (mentored by Nelisiwe Xaba). Workshops and other interactive activities will be arranged and announced publicly before and during the Winter Sculpture Fair.

Open Laboratory aims to bring the universities into closer conversation with the general public and to encourage discourse amongst themselves and their students. Seldom do curators and artists have the opportunity to come together to express their concerns on this scale, with this latitude.

 Part of the credit for this should go to those corporate and private sponsors who have awarded artists with production funding through the NIROX Patronage Program. Special thanks goes to PPC, BACARDI & Swizz Beatz, Caleo Capital and Burger Radiologists.

 Open Laboratory Participants:


Curators: Johan Thom & Shenaz Mahomed

Exhibition Title:  Mmarakas. The Free Noise Station at Nirox

Artists: Shenaz Mahomed, Milandi Coetzer, La Rochelle Olwagen, Leandre le Roux, Lelani Nicolaisen, Josly Van Wyk, Cazlynne Peffer


Curators: Carol Kuhn & Philiswa Lila

Exhibition Title: Classes and Methods: objects to perform

Artists: Poorvi Bhana, Kgaogelo Mashilo, Liesl Roos, Kutala Chopeto (Helena Uambembe & Teresa Firmino), Lwandiso Njara, Thabo Pitso, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, Sylvester Mqeku, Sifiso Mkhabela


Curators: Dr Siona O’Connel & Jade Nair

Exhibition Title: FREE-DOM : Ways of Life in the Wake of Catastrophe

Artists: Zyma Amien, Hasan & Husain Essop, Laylaa Jacobs, Asemahle Ntlonti, Stephen Symons, Xhanti Zwelendaba


Curators: Gwenneth Miller, Maaike Bakker & Nombeko Mpako

Exhibition Title: Against the Surge

Artists: Yvette Dunn, Emma Willemse, Alex Trapani, Manu Manjesh Lal, Siziwe Sotewu, Nel du Preez, Odun Orimolade, Smangaliso Khumalo


Curators: Gordon Froud & Thabang Monoa

Exhibition Title: Materiality, liminality, impermanence, dissolution and the environment

Artists: Thabang Monoa, Jessica Doucha, Nompumelelo Vuyiswa Tshabalala, Kiveshan Thimbiran, Muziwandile Gigaba, Casper Whiteman, Colleen Winter, Lilly Oosthehuizen


Curators: Natasha Christopher & Same Mdluli

Exhibition Title: INYALA Station: #Operation Occupy Nirox

Artists: Title and Transgression Collective (Boitumelo Motaung, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Dineo Phofa and Malebona Maphutse), Michelle Monareng, Dineo Bopape, Donna Kukama, Sithembile Msezane, Michelle Harris-Johnston, Pamela Sunstrum, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Siyanda Mlambi, Sheeka Kalan, Tracey Rose

 Open Laboratory will remain open to the public on weekends and public holidays from 10am till 5pm until the end of July 2017.  Admission will be free except for the period of the Winter Sculpture Fair and when the park hosts public concerts (announced on the NIROX website).

 The 2017 Winter Sculpture Fair will be open from 10am to 5pm daily on both 13 and 14 May, 2017. Tickets will be made available at prior to the event, for R165. Children 12 years and under will be able to enter for free.

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Image: Winter Sculpture Fair 2016