The Ann Bryant Art Gallery gardens spring to life this holiday season with a full festive programme of art, craft and live music in the first annual Ann Bryant Art, Food and Craft Market.
In the evenings, the markets will feature live performances by Transkei Republic, Shapeshifting Trio, Sasa Jobodwana, DJ Ra Mava and Sakhile Moleshe.
Art exhibition tours, craft gin, beer and wine tastings, high teas and interactive art and music workshops can be booked on Computicket, otherwise those wishing to simply soak up the creative atmosphere will pay R5 at the door.
There will be lots to see inside the recently renovated art gallery too. The East London Fine Arts Society, which opened on Thursday evening, is featuring 45 artists whose works will be up until December 23.
“What we want to do is increase the number of sales for the artists, while the craft market is there to create a family-friendly atmosphere of buying local and to encourage families to visit the gallery and invest in local talent, perhaps as Christmas presents,” the gallery’s curator Leon du Preez said. “This summer event aims to bring the best of local talent and craft in the city for all our locals and visitors this festive season.”
The art exhibition also includes works by David Krut Projects and other national artists.
“We aim to partner with the local community by acting as a channel that brings art, produce and productions that will inspire the city.”
The five-day family market will include a “kids’ corner” kitted out with paint and art materials, a mom and tot area, tea garden and jungle gym and fun activities.
Children can be registered and looked after while their caregivers shop at craft stalls or pop into the gallery to take in a dose of art.
East London baker and pastry chef Dirk Schulze will run a pop-up restaurant called The Bistro over the five festive days.
A R100 cooler bag “corkage fee” will be charged to those wishing to cater their own picnic basket.
The craft market and music festival runs from December 16 to December 20 between 9am and 6pm daily.