Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine

Group Show
Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine, Exhibition invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Greatest Hits 2014

Group Show
Greatest Hits 2014, Invitation ,


Handspring Puppet Company
FABRICATE, Invitation ,

SEE LISTING Binary Humans

Jan Henri Booyens
Binary Humans, Invitation image ,


35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001


Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00 | Saturday 10:00 – 13:00 | Closed on Sunday and public holidays


Group Show at AVA

An exhibition of original prints from the Artist Proof Studio and Warren Editions


Doris Bloom, Jan-Henri Booyens, Katherine Bull, Paul Edmunds, Georgina Gratrix, William Kentridge, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Christian Nerf, Nkosana Nhlapo, Lucas Nkgweng, Jody Paulsen, Richard Penn, Chloe Reid, Matty Roodt, Michael Taylor, David Tsoska, Sara-Aimee Verity, Max Wolpe

26 February 2015 - 19 March 2015

Various Artists at AVA

'GREATEST HITS 2014: THE DOMESTIC ODYSSEY': Because there is no place like being all at Sea, is a curated exhibition with artworks selected from the Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT, Ruth Prowse School of Art and the Stellenbosch University’s graduate exhibitions. Greatest Hits 2014 offers an overview of the work produced at these schools. The exhibition will be curated by Matthew Blackman.  Participating artists include:

Amber Moir
Amy Engelbrecht
Bonolo Kavula
Chloe Durr
Chloe Obermeyer
Daniel Joubert
Emily Robertson
Esti Kruger
Greg Stock
Hanna Orlowski
Jacquie Baker
Jana Terblanche
Kirsten Mackrill
Kyle Springate
Leandri Erlank
Leila Walter
Liesl Brenzel
Lungiswa Gqunta
Mia Louw
Rachelle Hugo
Rory Emmett
Sarah Hugo-Hamman
Saskia Druyan
Shona van der Merwe
Sitaara Stodel
Sohette Wait

29 January 2015 - 20 February 2015

Handspring Puppet Company at AVA

Handspring Puppet Company is a multiple award-winning puppetry and design leader in international theatre.FABRICATE, their forthcoming exhibition at the AVA Gallery, is a survey of key productions that demonstrate the exhilarating and sweeping breadth of their work.

The exhibition includes work from a large selection of their theatrical productions including the runaway hit 'War Horse', the two path-finding theatrical collaborations with William Kentridge, Faustus in Africa and 'Woyzeck on the Highveld', 'Ouroboros', 'The Chimp Project' and 'Tall Horse'. These will be exhibited together with documentation of studio experiments, sketches, drawings, music and interviews, theatrical appearances, seminars and talks, film screenings and master-classes.

This exhibition was first conceived by Alicia Adams for the Kennedy Center in Washington to reveal some of the processes of puppet conception. For the AVA’s manifestation Marilyn Martin (one of South Africa’s leading curatorial professionals), Janni Younge and Adrian Kohler rework this collection to trace, specifically, how these puppets, as commonplace material counterparts, have so effectively been transfigured into animated and believable ‘sentient’ characters.

Handspring co-founder Adrian Kohler encourages viewers to regard these well-travelled figures as fundamentally different from sculpture. Though apparently ‘dead’ they are now in fact beings with past ‘lives’ and have become, in the collective imagination, ‘living’ objects. These figures have pleaded, shouted, sung, reasoned and stamped and flicked their ears through a repertoire of over 20 years of theatre, and the exhibition at AVA Gallery is the final celebration of the Handspring Puppet Company’s supreme achievements.

04 November 2014 - 30 January 2015

Jonathan Shapiro at AVA

For his forthcoming ZAPIRO – DEMOCRAZY at the AVA Gallery, Jonathan Shapiro makes a concise selection of images from his recently published book of the same name. The exhibition of 60 graphics describes – with fearless determination and precise clarity – a South Africa that, he writes, 'was crazier than anything my imagination could conjure up'. The hardest challenge of mastering this dangerous genre, he continues, 'has been to find that element of humour essential for effective cartooning in such debilitating events.' During the course of his exhibition Zapiro will also take his work into the Cape Town public realm. Characters, situations and texts – printed larger-than-life and pasted outdoors – will create surprising new meanings. Discover them striding down hallways, animating shop windows, peering out from behind corners, commenting from the sides of a passing bus or the inside of a lift, and assuming the textures of the stone walls or concrete slabs that become their gallery.

29 September 2014 - 30 October 2014

Jan Henri Booyens at AVA

Jan Henri Booyens’ artist-in-residence programme

FRIDAY 25 JULY, 18:00 – 21:00
Open studio event with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition.
SATURDAY 2 AUGUST, 10:00 – 13:00
Tender an anecdote or your portrait which, through digital capture, manipulation and scrambling, becomes a contribution to the artist’s project zine
Open studio event with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition
SATURDAY 16 AUGUST, 10:00 – 13:00
Stimulated by the collaborative precedent between artist Igor Stravinsky and composer Wassily Kandinsky, Booyens presents a painting workshop on the relationship between sound and images.  This workshop is limited to 12 participants, who will need to cover their minimal material costs. Please email Laura on info@ava.co.za. Booking Essential.
WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST, 18:00–21:00
End of residency party celebration with audio and video creation and real-time exhibition

25 July 2014 - 20 August 2014