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Every September, art enthusiasts are treated to a celebration of sculpture at SculptX Fair in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

The third instalment of this popular initiative runs until 29 September 2019 and includes over 290 sculptures by more than 90 established and emerging sculptors.

The works are exhibited in different indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Melrose Arch precinct including The Melrose Gallery, Daytona, the African Pride Hotel, the Galleria and various others.

Nic Hester, Nephilim Queen. Yellowood & Beeswax, 38 x 19 x 25cm.Nic Hester, Nephilim Queen (detail). Yellowood & Beeswax, 38 x 19 x 25cm. All images courtesy of the artist & SculptX Fair.

“This fair is quite an assault on the senses but in an extremely stimulating and positive way. To see so many sculptures in one area representing so many different media and styles is very rare and has proven extremely popular, consistently attracting a large crowd of artists, art collectors, art enthusiasts and media alike,”– Craig Mark, The Melrose Gallery director.

“SculptX is a testament to the increasing number of talented sculptors who are working with a diversity of materials, new mechanisms and technologies that are testing their production and creativity, the growing demand for sculpture from local and international collectors seeking powerful Pan-African narratives and a desire to encourage the continued growth of the genre within South Africa and the African continent at large,” say curators Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike.

Participating artists include:

Andre Stead, Adilson de Oliveira, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Alexander von Klitzing, Andre Prinsloo, Anton Smit, Arno Morland, Berco Wilsenach, Ben Tuge, Bridget Modema, Bob Thixon, Caddelle Faulkner, Carl Roberts, Cecilia Wilmot Ballam, Maartens, Christiaan Diedericks, Cornelia Stroop, Cobus Haupt, Collen Maswanganyi, Cow Mash, Claire and Seth Falconer, David Brits, Di Miller, Dora Prevost, Dominique Albinski, Ella Cronje, Gordon Froud, Grace Da Costa, Jacques Dhont, Jake Singer, Jenna Burchell, Jessica Foli, Johannes Maswanganyi, Jonathan van der Walt, Keith Calder, Kim Burgun, Kobus La Grange, Kieran Toselli, Kenneth Shandu, Karin Lijnes, Leanne Olivier, Lebogang Mogul Mabusela, Lee-at Meyerov, Lothar Bottcher, Louis Chanu, Malose Pete, Magolide Collective, Marina Walsh, Mark Swart, Mncedi Madolo, Mhlonishwa Chiliza, Ndabuko Ntuli, Nic Hester, Nico Phooko, Nkosinathi Ngulube, Noria Mabasa, Otto du Plessis, Oupavusi Mokwena, Paul du Toit, Pitika Ntuli, Phahlo Mtangai, Philani Mhlungu, Philiswa Lila, Richard Chauke, Robyn Field, Ronald Muchatuta, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Rudolf Blitzer, Russel Ngolele, Sandile Radebe, Sarah Richards, Sifiso Shange, Simon Zitha, Sophia van Wyk, Strijdom van der Merwe, Susan Woolf, Talia Goldsmith, Thabo Pitso, uMenzi Mbonambi, Uwe Pfaff, Vincent Baloyi, Vincent Da Silva, Vusi Beauchamp and Angus Taylor, Vusi Khumalo, Willie Bester, Wilma Cruise and William Olivier.

SculptX Fair will take place from the 30th of August until the 29th of September 2019. Visit The Melrose Gallery for information in regards to the different venues, walkabouts and associated programme and www.themelrosegallery.com


Adejoke Tugbiyele, Eagle, 2019. Grass brooms, LED lights and mixed media. Adejoke Tugbiyele, Eagle, 2019. Grass brooms, LED lights and mixed media, 130 x 170 x 50cm.
Cobus Haupt, Self, 2014. Bronze sculpture.Cobus Haupt, Self, 2014. Bronze sculpture.
Adriaan Diedericks, Cohesion III, 2019. Bronze sculpture on granite base, 30 x 28 x 20cm.Adriaan Diedericks, Cohesion III, 2019. Bronze sculpture on granite base, 30 x 28 x 20cm.

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