Posting | Online: Modernism – October 2020

Starts: 09 Sep 2020 at 17:30
Ends: 29 Oct 2020 at 20:00
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It’s been fun planning new tours, some based on old favourites, others I’ve been thinking about for ages. But all small groups, with Covid protocols or rituals as I prefer to think of them.
Our walking tours start in gritty, creative Salt River. Jason Redman, aka Dfeat, will show us his street art and the huge variety created for February’s international festival. His story is inspiring and it is fascinating to hear what makes South African street art different (some say we have the earliest examples – rock art). We finish with an optional lunch at vibey Food Jams, hosted by the effervescent and talented, Jade de Waal. Thurs 15 Oct 10am – 12pm, then lunch should finish by 1:30pm, cost R300 for the tour pay more than a week in advance, otherwise R450. For lunch R300. Click here for more info.
As many of you will know, I have a soft spot for the Mount Nelson. So I’m especially chuffed to have organised two tours there while it isn’t open to the public because of South Africa’s international borders being closed. We’ll be able to peek into some of the top bedrooms and to see what’s been cooking during lockdown. The gardens will be especially beautiful at this time of year. Sat 10 Oct and Sat 17 Oct, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Cost R300 per person; (R250 for payment a month in advance). More info here.
One thing I’ve missed enormously is visiting studios. Please do join me at the Spier Arts Trust‘s Union House in the centre of town (Commercial Street, Parliament end) on Thurs 8 Oct, 10am – 12pm. The energy, talent and professionalism of the mosaic academy and Qaqambile Bead Studio are inspiring. Cost R300 per person; (R250 for payment pre 28 Sept). Optional lunch close-by at one of my Cape Town favourites, the Swan Cafe; founder Jessica Rushmere and designer, Haldane Martin will join us; pay your own bill. More info here.
Life in the centre of Cape Town is slowly returning and I’m delighted that Lesley Cox will be giving us historical insights for her new walking tour starting at the Castle on Sat 24 Oct and Fri 6 Nov 9:30am – 11:30am finishing at the Company’s Garden Restaurant. R300 per person; (R250 for payment at least one month prior). More info click here.
If anyone forgets their mask, I’ll be selling Razaane’s beautifully made ones for R50 each.

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For a huge treat do join me one weekday night, early 04 November – 9pm for a tour and dinner at the very exclusive, Ellerman House, Bantry Bay. Fingers crossed there’ll be a stunning sunset over the sea. But the art always takes my breath away. Talita Swarts will be expertly guiding us – all the big names in South African art are there. Bubbly on arrival, then a three course sit down dinner in the Wine Gallery, an artwork in itself. Cost and date tbc shortly. 10 places available. They’re slowly opening up the villas if you’d like to stay the night, at your own expense!

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For more magnificent art, views and dining, spoil yourself with me on Fri 30 Oct, at Delaire Graff, near Stellenbosch. We start at 10am with a tour focusing on their impressive art collection. Our host, Tessa Blompot, will be joined by Hanlé Hill independent art guide (my point of contact for the Stellenbosch Triennial). I’m hoping we’ll see some areas that are usually no go because of international guests. Our Indo-Asian lunch will be exquisite and delicate, with estate wine. R950 each pre-pay by 15 Oct, then R1 100.

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Maritime educator, author and columnist Brian Ingpen will be giving a Zoom talk about Cape Town’s dockland, which was so key to the development of the city and country. Tues, 20 Oct 1-2pm – dovetailing with our Mount Nelson tours – the hotel opened in 1899 for first class passengers for what became the Union-Castle Line. R60; click here for info.


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To book on any of the above please email me to check availability first, then pay – bank details and credit card payment info below.

Hope to hear from you, and see you, very soon.

Keep well,
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Landline +27 (0)21 286 5546

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Images: Jakes Mbele from IPAF Festival SA 2020’s Facebook page – Irene McCullagh Photography & Laura McCullagh | Aerial view of Belmond Mount Nelson supplied by the hotel | Artisan working on artist John Murray’s commission for the Nando’s in London (Bayswater Rd) | Drawing of the first proposed design for Parliament, image from Parliament | Angus Taylor’s sculptural head outside the gallery at Ellerman House | Print by both William Kentridge and Deborah Bell in Delaire Graff’s wine tasting room | Edinburgh Castle, 26 Dec 1958 in Cape Town’s Harbour; image provided by Brian Ingpen | The Fagens home, Camps Bay; image from Arthur Barker |

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