WHERE ART HAPPENS IN NATURE
NIROX is committed to the global contemporary arts through its sculpture park, artist residency, workshops and outdoor concert venues.
HONOUR THE FATHER'S MUSIC CONCERT
18 JUNE 2023
HONOUR THE FATHERS Music Concert
Father’s Day | Sunday 18 June
NIROX Sculpture Park
“To be the father of a nation is a great honour,
but to be the father of a family is a greater joy” - Nelson Mandela
Cherish the typically warm Highveld winter sun
and celebrate our FATHERS
(fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, father figures and fathers-to-be)
at the NIROX amphitheatre in the Cradle of Humankind
this Father’s Day
with songwriters and performers deeply immersed in their craft.
Early-Bird Tickets: R400
General Admission: R500
Final Admission: R600
Children under 12 enter the sculpture park free-of-charge
HONOUR THE FATHERS Music Concert at NIROX Sculpture Park is co-presented by Gauteng Tourism and is another #GPLifestyle powered event.
HONOUR THE FATHERS is powered by Art of Superwoman & Isuzu.
702 is a proud supporter of the HONOUR THE FATHERS Father’s Day Concert at NIROX Sculpture Park.
VILLA-LEGODI CENTRE FOR SCULTPURE
FORM is an open-access, online journal dedicated to sculpture.
Initiated by the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture, it aims to enrich critical debate about the medium, adopting an interdiscplinary approach that encourages contributions in all shapes and sizes, from academic texts, interviews, and artistic research to poetry and prose.
Each issue grapples with a particular topic that is intentionally broad, allowing for a diversity of perspectives and avenues for engagement.
DRIAAN CLAASSEN & CATEHRINE ASH: EMERGENT PROPERTIES
NIROX Foundation, in collaboration with the Villa-Legodi Centre for Sculpture, invite you to the opening of Driaan Claassen and Catherine Ash’s latest exhibition, Emergent Properties, which will open in NIROX’s Covered Space on Saturday, 25 March 2023, at 2PM.
The exhibition includes a range of work, produced while in residence at the Centre between November 2022 and March 2023, alongside pre-existing works that speak to the duo’s abiding interests in psychology, neurology, and the workings of the natural world.
The exhibition opening at 2PM includes a walkabout with the artist-duo.
NIROX & MOLESKINE FOUNDATION
NIROX is happy to announce its partnership with Moleskine Foundation, to become the first international Hub to host a portion of the Moleskine Foundation Collection, including all notebooks produced by the young creative changemakers participating in AtWork Chapters in South Africa. The first notebooks to enter NIROX space will be the 32 artworks created during AtWork Joburg and AtWork Lab Soweto. Both workshops took place in 2022, during the international “What Comes First?” AtWork Tour.
NIROX will keep growing the Collection every year, inviting artists in-residence to create a personalised Moleskine notebook as part of their residency.
Temporary exhibitions of the Collection will take place following specific occasions throughout the year.
Join us for the first exhibition opening on May 28.
Jeremy Wafer began his residency on 16 May, during which he intends to work on a group of eight to ten works, to be included in an upcoming exhibition at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, that opens on 6 July 2023. The works will be made using various materials, including rope, cast cement, burnt timber, bitumen, blankets, cloth, sticks, mine dump sand, oil, and steel. “While the sculptures will be quite diverse in size, form and material,” explains Wafer, “they are linked I think by a common feeling of ‘somber-ness’ or darkness of mood. By way of example, I am planning a sculpture consisting of a number of bags of cement stacked on a steel trolley. The bags of cement will have been rendered inert, unusable and damaged by being left outside in the weather to get wet. Another work will consist of a pile of folded blankets painted with an aluminium bitumen roof sealer.”
Farieda Nazier began her residency on 22 May. During her stay, she plans to develop a site-specific work, to be installed at NIROX, titled Cleave the Earth Asunder (2023) from unfired and press-moulded terracotta, glaze, and wood, intended to “deepen the exploration of dehumanisation, whereby humans were (and are) considered property – either as objects, fauna or flora.” As per Nazier’s proposal, the project “considers the notion of ‘womxn as flora’ and begins to unpack the impact of this on the gendered body. The womxn’s body objectified as a potential life-giving receptacle, is explored here through the metaphor of pod and seed. The interchangeable images of seedpods and bodily orifices (yoni, vulva, anus and lips) create a visual of violent ‘cleaving’ or splitting apart. However, the violence here is disrupted by the notion of the body as a powerful conduit for creation, ecstasy and transcendence. The complex nature of cleavage is considered here as unfettered, wholly natural and universal: violently creating both pleasure and pain.” The installation will be accompanied by a performance by Nazier on 24 June 2023 titled The Spectacle Lure, a screening, and a discussion between Shonishani Netshia, Victoria Collis-Buthelezi, and Dee Marco.