Enjoy a great day of art, food and wine in the countryside with family and friends
Artlogic’s popular Winter Sculpture Fair takes place next month. The Nirox Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind will be transformed on 9 and 10 May 2015. Gautengers will be able to enjoy the largest and most ambitious sculpture exhibition in South Africa, while sampling Franschhoek’s finest food and wine.
‘The Winter Sculpture Fair is one of Artlogic’s most popular annual events,’ says Cobi Labuscagne, director of Artlogic, the owners and organisers of the Fair. ‘We ascribe this popularity to the combination of South Africa’s top cuisine, a breathtaking environment and an opportunity to see site-specific works of sculpture in this environment.’
Now in its third year, the Fair will offer visitors exquisite food and fine wine produced by some of Franschhoek’s most popular restaurants, producers and wineries. Artlogic is proud to welcome acclaimed chef Chris Erasmus to this year’s Winter Sculpture Fair. Known for his talents at the helm of Pierneef à La Motte, Erasmus has recently started to create sustainable local comfort food at his own restaurant, Foliage, in Franschhoek. Visitors to this year’s Winter Sculpture Fair are set to have their taste buds thrilled as Chris brings foraged Franschhoek flavours to Johannesburg.
The week prior to the Fair, Chris will gather ingredients from forests around Franschhoek, drying and dehydrating ingredients. On the menu is a forest floor braised beef brisket, wild watercress pomme puree, poplar bolete mousse and lactic onions. And for the vegetarians, organic potato and cauliflower butter curry, lentil and burnt barley, and wild malva naan bread.
Other restaurants flying up from Franschhoek for the weekend are Boschendal, Paulina’s, Café des Arts, Le Franschhoek, Holden Manz, Maison, Bread & Wine, Dutch East and Grande Provence, while Fromages de France, The Bacon of the Month Club, and Huguenot Fine Chocolates will be serving their signature wares to add to the picnic experience.
Situated in a 15-hectare private nature reserve, the highly-acclaimed Nirox Sculpture Park will be home to the annual sculpture exhibition around which the Fair is based. ‘Nirox Sculpture | Winter 15’ will focus on 40 artists, compared to the 60 of the last year. ‘In order to foster new talent and broaden interest in the medium of sculpture, we have narrowed the scope and lifted the quality of the work at the exhibition. It has been important to us to be both selective and demanding in order to promote excellence,’ says curator of the show, Mary-Jane Darroll.
Visitors will be able to meander through the park to view the artworks, before picnicking in the countryside with family and friends.
The 2015 Winter Sculpture Fair is open on both 9 and 10 May 2015, from 10am-5pm. Tickets will only be available online, prior to the event. Tickets cost R150 and are available through www.webtickets.co.za. Children 12 years and under enter free. For more information, visit www.wintersculpturefair.co.za; email firstname.lastname@example.org or like the Winter Sculpture Fair on Facebook.
Artlogic began in 2007 with the production of the sell-out success of William Kentridge’s version of The Magic Flute. Having successfully produced a number of one-off events, Artlogic embraced a new strategy – creating annual events. The first event was the 2008 Joburg Art Fair, which now in its eighth year, and is the African continent’s largest contemporary art fair. As a logical extension of this audience’s fine taste for good design and a quality lifestyle, the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair was born, and in its wake Artlogic created the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair, which is now in its third year. The Artlogic team commits to showcasing only the best talent South Africa has to offer. For more information about Artlogic visit www.artlogic.co.za