The First Thursdays concept was first started in London to encourage people from all walks of life to visit art galleries and museums. Since its Cape Town debut in 2012, First Thursdays have become the city’s foremost cultural event. Galleries around the city remain open until 9pm, allowing visitors to browse for free. Most participating galleries and bars are a short distance from each other, making it easy to ditch the car and walk around for the night.
99 Loop Gallery highlights top emerging and established artists from around South Africa. Set in a revamped 19th century building, the gallery exhibits a revolving series of solo and group exhibitions in a chic and modern interior. Here, art lovers can view a wide range of African artworks, including paintings, sculpture and photography.
99 Loop St, Cape Town, +27 21 422 3766
State of the Art showcases some of the best artistic talent from South Africa. All art is carefully selected by a curatorial panel, and is available to purchase online or directly from the gallery. The intimate space features a diverse array of art, from vivid landscapes to nudes and pop art.
61 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, +27 (0)72 470 9272
Amplify Studio is a dynamic gallery that endeavors to uphold photography as an art form, and supports emerging talent. The studio has an annual residency programme, wherein aspiring photographers are offered skills development, mentorship and exposure to the local and international market.
153 Loop St, Cape Town, +27 (0) 87 470 0421
Eclectica Contemporary presents a carefully curated selection of art that celebrates the diversity of art making on the African continent in the context of a growing global market. The gallery runs an eclectic programme of exhibitions showcasing a mix of solo and curated group shows.
69 Burg St, Cape Town, +27 21 422 4145
KnexT Gallery provides a platform for local artists and designers to market their work to the world. At their Harrington Street gallery you will find an eclectic selection of contemporary art often accompanied by live music, as well as eco-furniture, artisan and designer products on display.
115c Harrington St, Gardens, Cape Town, +27 (0)60 971 9313