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What’s on at WAM February to May 2019

For any queries, email or call 011 717 1378 or 011 717 1664. All events are proudly sponsored by Merrill Lynch SA and Business Arts South Africa and are free to attend.


Exploring Texture: Drop in Drawing with Bronwen Findlay.

Saturday, 13 April, 12h00

Texture in art stimulates the senses of sight and touch and can communicate a myriad of different messages and emotions. Come and look closely at Albert Adams’ application of paint in the latest WAM exhibition. Then explore texture in your own drawing. Don’t be intimidated if you have no previous drawing experience. Just come! and enjoy a creative hour. Free for all.

Play with Texture: Family Talkabout with Kamal Naran.

Saturday, 20 April, 12h00

Soft, hard, silky, prickly, lumpy, gritty. Have fun exploring surface in your artwork. You’ll be inspired by the variety of textures found in the exhibition of Albert Adams’ work and spend quality time with your family.

WAM is closed Saturday 27 April for the public holiday. There will be no public Talkabout this month.


WAM is closed Wednesday 1 May for the public holiday.

First Thursday with Wits Music: Andre Petersen

Thursday, 2 May, 19h00

Acclaimed South African pianist, Andre Peterson, will be performing at WAM. Petersen is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and has played, locally and internationally, with countless musical luminaries. This gentle, kind maestro also teaches in the Wits Music Department. The event is organised in collaboration with the Wits Music Department and is part of a series that showcases diverse African musical talents. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Underground parking is available for the evening. Entrance to the parking is to the left off Jorissen Street, after the Station Street intersection.

A Mindfulness Hour, presented by Dr Lucy Draper-Clarke

Tuesday 7 May, 08h30

Would you like to learn simple strategies for dealing with the stresses of university life? Would you like to spend an hour in the peaceful calm of the Wits Art Museum, before you launch into your busy day? Mindfulness is developed through simple techniques that help you bring awareness to the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future. It helps develop emotional balance and provides insight into our habitual patterns.

This is a free event, however booking is essential as space is limited. Please RSVP here.

Shape and Form in the Book Arts. Drop in Drawing with Bronwen Findlay.

Saturday, 11 May, 12h00

Two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional forms are usually defined by lines. Both create objects in space. The book arts exhibition, currently on display at WAM, incorporates a myriad of ways in which artists use form and shape to communicate with the viewer. Explore these concepts in this inspirational exhibition and in your own drawing. The event is free and no previous art making experience is necessary.

Fun with Form: Family Talkabout with Kamal Naran

Saturday, 18 May, 12h00

Artworks, that take the book form as their starting point, come in many shapes, sizes and forms. Explore round books, triangular books, books that move and pop-up books with your family as inspiration for a bonding, hands-on, family artmaking project. The event is designed for children (5-12) and their parents/ caregivers. Free.

Albert Adams – An Invincible Spirit. Talkabout with curator Marilyn Martin

Saturday, 25 May, 12h00

Join us for a walk and talk through South African artist Albert Adams’ powerful retrospective exhibition. The works span 5 decades of painting, drawing and print-making and reveal an artist with a deep social conscience and capacity for searing and insightful social commentary. This is the only opportunity to hear from the curator before the exhibition closes. Marilyn Martin is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT and was previously Director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums.

Albert Adams closes 25 May 2019.


Wits Art Museum Address:

Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Saturday 10h00 - 16h00
Tel (Mon - Fri): 011 717 1365. Tel (Sat - Sun): 011 717 1358