Not to be missed, the authority on local talent – Southern Guild – is teaming up with the country’s largest steel producer Arcelor Mittal SA in an upcoming exhibition. Set to reveal the unique beauty, strength and resilience of metal, Southern Guild’s Trevyn McGowan has rounded up 48 of the country’s leading designers, artists and creatives for Heavy Metal. Producing works in steel, bronze, copper, aluminium, gold and silver, each of the artists will bring their own unique talents to the platform. With each piece they design mounted to a steel plate, the exhibition will open with a live installation viewing involving the designers themselves creating one sculpture from the individual pieces. ‘Nobody knows what the final form of the sculpture will take or how it will be installed – it could be a hanging piece or it could be freestanding. The aim is to truly explore the notion of ‘Guild’ and a bringing together of diverse talents and personalities that share a common premise and level of expertise,’ explains Trevyn. During the course of the exhibition a series of workshops and open days at artist’s studios will be run, offering insight into the process of working with metal. Public Events include:
- Conrad Hicks’ dramatic Steel Forge will be open to the public for workshops on Monday 25 and Thursday 28 February, and Friday 1 March from 9am to 1pm.
- Bronze Age will do a live pouring of celebrated art and design pieces on Friday 1 March at 12pm.
- Trevyn McGowan will give curator guided tours on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March at 11am.
Heavy Metal will run from 28 February to 9 March at Cape Town’s Woodstock Foundry, with a gala opening on Wednesday 27 February. For more information about the event and a full list of the artists participating, contact Southern Guild.