Art First Newsletter
Winter 2017

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simon morley invisible exhibition invitation

Simon Morley
The Courtauld Institute Library
23 October - 8 December 2017

Curated by Nick Dubois & Art First.

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africa foundation

The art auction 2017 in aid of Hlabekisa Bilton High School Mpumalanga, South Africa Science Laboratory Project

Africa Foundation’s 25th anniversary fund raising event

At October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3A

28th September 2017
Reception 6.30pm
Auction 7.30pm

In partnership with Art First, london

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Summer 2017

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The Louis Vuitton Foundation   Vuyisa Maqabangqa

From 26th April to 28th August the Louis Vuitton Foundation opens ART/AFRICA, Le nouvel Atelier which comprises three group exhibitions: a selection of African works from its own collection, The Insiders; a selection from the Jean Pigozzi collection of African art; and from South Afirca, Being There, which reflects the dynamic art scene of today–one that only emerged internationally in the 1990s–and is driven by a network of universities, institutions and strongly engaged galleries. From William Kentridge to Nicholas Hlobo and Athi-Patra Ruga, the senior and the newly emerged young generations of artists have been carefully selected for their role as social activists who affirm their South African identity as they subjectively define it.

In the section called About a generation, works by three South African photographers – Graeme Williams, Kristin-Lee Moolman and Musa Nxumalo – reveal contrasting portraits of South African youth, notably, those ‘born-free’ (i.e., born after 1994 when the newly democratic South Africa came into being). Williams exhibited a group from this series at Art First London in 2015 and also at the AKAA fair in Paris in 2016 and the CTAF in February this year (see details on our website under Past Exhibitions).

A bilingual French/English catalogue is available, including texts by Achille Mbembwe, Okwui Enwezor, Sean O’Toole, and others.

South Africa: Art of a Nation
The British Museum
27 October - 26 February 2017

Featuring works by Karel Nel.

Karel Nel, Potent Fields, 2002, red and white ochre from the Trankei, South Africa, 122 x 242 cm Karel Nel, Taung, 1985-2016, lambda print with perspex mount, edition of 5, 106 x 80 cm

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Spring/Summer 2016

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Simon Lewty
The SIGNificance of Writing
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
28 April – 10 July 2016

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Will Maclean

Will Maclean
Veering Westerly

An Lanntair, Stornoway
8 August – 26 September 2015, then touring to:

Iona Gallery, Kingussie
3 October - 1 November 2015

St Fergus Gallery, Wick
28 November 2015 - 16 January 2016

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
20 February - 26 March 2016

Comar, An Tobar, Mull
8 April - 28 May 2016

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New collaboration by John Burnside and Will Maclean
A Catechism of the Laws of Storms

John Burnside’s poetry and Will Maclean’s imagery first came together in a collaborative print–poem commissioned for the opening of Dundee Contemporary Arts in 1999. A Catechism of the Laws of Storms continues the joint projects.

Some years ago Maclean found some dis-bound copies of an illustrated weekly newspaper The Pictorial World of 1882–83 and used the woodcut images to assemble a series of collages, which were then scanned and digitally altered.

The series of collages related to descriptions of storms and hurricanes from nautical books and manuals in Maclean’s collection, in particular The Law of Storms by Henry Paddington. The collages were shown to Burnside who composed a series of twelve poems in response to the images. Maclean in turn altered a number of the images in response to the poems.

Copies now available from Art First at £12.00


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Summer 2015

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Spring 2015

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Winter 2015

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Will Maclean and Marian Leven An Suileachan

Will Maclean and Marian Leven

Will Maclean and Marian Leven have been awarded The Saltire Arts and Crafts in Architecture Award 2013 for their newly completed cairn An Suileachan close to Uig on the Isle of Lewis

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Will Maclean

Will Maclean

Waterlines, a sculpture in Kilkenny blue limestone commissioned from Will Maclean and Marian Leven by the University of Aberdeen for the area in front of the new library.


Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018
Cape Town International Convention Centre
16 –18 February 2018

Stand C6, featuring new work by Simon Lewty, Kate McCrickard, Jack Milroy and Karel Nel, and introducing photography by Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher, Graeme Williams and Kim Wolhuter.

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London Art Fair 2018

London Art Fair 2018
Business Design Centre, Islington N1
17-21 January 2018

Stand 11, featuring Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Christopher Cook, Kevin Laycock, Simon Lewty, and Jack Milroy.

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Graeme Williams, Intabazwe Township Shop Harrismith, 2011    Kim Wolhuter, Dog Days, photographic print, 80 x 120 cm

FNB Joburg Art Fair, Stand C06
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
7–10 September 2017

ART FIRST is pleased to take part in the 10th edition of this vibrant contemporary art fair. On Stand C06, we will be presenting work by Joni Brenner and Karel Nel, with commissioned works by Jack Milroy, showing in Joburg for the first time, and photographic work by Graeme Williams and Kim Wolhuter. For further details please read our Joburg Newsletter and visit the artists’ mini sites on our gallery website.

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London Art Fair 2017
Business Design Centre, Islington N1
18-22 January 2017

Stand 11 will feature Simon Lewty, Will Maclean, Jack Milroy & Mimei Thompson. Graphics by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

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Cape Town Art Fair 2017
Cape Town International Convention Centre
16-19 February 2017

Stand B4 presenting work by Joni Brenner, Will Maclean, Jack Milroy, Richard Penn & Graeme Williams.


Also Known as Africa
Carreau du Temple, Paris
11–13 November 2016

Art First is pleased to participate in the first edition of AKAA in Paris and will be exhibiting work by Joni Brenner, Louis Maqhubela, Kate McCrickard, Karel Nel, Graeme Williams.

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Art First at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair
Stand #31
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
9–11 September 2016

Art First is delighted to announce its participation in the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair. Exhibiting works by Joni Brenner and Karel Nel.

Art First at the 2016 Turbine Art Fair
Stand GH17
Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
14–17 July 2016

Showing Graeme Williams and Richard Penn.

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Art First, Stand A5 at the Cape Town Art Fair
Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa
19–21 February 2016

Showing Joni Brenner, Kate McCrickard, Karel Nel, Richard Penn, and Graeme Williams.


London Art Fair 2016
Business Design Centre, Islington
19-24 January

Stand 50. Showing work by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Jack Milroy, David Price and Dolly Thompsett.

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Pulse Miami – Booth S-211
Indian Beach Park, 4601, Collins Av, Miami Beach
1–5 December 2015

Showing Christopher Cook and David Price.


Art First at the FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre
11-13 September 2015

Showing Louis Maqhubela and Karel Nel.


Cape Town Art Fair 2015
The Waterfront
25 February – 1 March 2015

Stand A13, The Marquee, showing Joni Brenner and Karel Nel.

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London Art Fair 2015
Business Design Centre, Islington
21-25 January 2015

ART PROJECTS Stand P5, showing Christopher Cook and William Stein.

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Art First at the FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre
21 – 23 August 2014

Showing Joni Brenner, Louis Maqhubela, & Karel Nel.

Art First at the FNB Joburg Art Fair   

Art First at the FNB Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, SA
27–29 September, 2013