The stylish Melrose Arch Urban Precinct is soon to become the home to an exciting new art gallery.
The Melrose Gallery (TMG), a 290 sqm space situated on The High Street, will open to the public on the 1st December 2016. The gallery is a collaboration between Justin Divaris, the CEO of Daytona, Clint Strydom the photographer, and Craig Mark of Kizo Art Consultants.
The collaboration is a natural extension of the Aston Martin Elements project, that saw Clint appointed by Aston Martin (global) to create a body of modern, abstract photographic works that captured the essence of their iconic brand. These were recognised as part of Aston Martin’s brand identity for rollout via their global dealership network.
The Melrose Gallery will see cultural collaboration with Melissa Goba and other respected curators in aspects of the 2017 Exhibitions Programme. Craig has previously collaborated with Melissa and Thembinkosi Goniwe on the project ‘SPace: Currencies in African Contemporary Art’. Craig and Thembinkosi also worked together on ‘Impressions of Rorke’s Drift’ in 2013 and 2014.
Given the success of these and other collaborations, The Melrose Gallery is set to be an innovative custodian of South African and African Contemporary Art. Craig envisions The Gallery as a space that ‘provides a warm home and contemporary platform for talented artists of Africa to meet, exchange ideas, network, exhibit and perform and for collectors to view and acquire quality artworks’.
‘Melrose Arch is excited to be hosting this new gallery which we hope will be the start of a unique creative energy within the precinct that will flow onto the public spaces for the benefit of our residents, corporate tenants and visitors’ says Mike Vermaak, Managing Director Melrose Arch.
The gallery opens to the public on the 1st December with an open day from 9am until 9:30pm as part of the First Thursday Fringe programme. Artists on display include: Willie Bester, Esther Mahlangu, Clint Strydom, Arlene Raviv, Anastasia Pather, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Gavin Rain, Loyiso Mkize, Ndabuko Ntuli, Roel Roelofsen and Heidi Hadaway.