Author

 
Garreth van Niekerk

Garreth van Niekerk

    Memories of Madiba in Mauritius
    Memories of Madiba in Mauritius
    It was only after five days of blissing out on one of the most idyllic Mauritian beaches that I learned that the beach I was walking on, Le Saint...
    The cape leopard coins: Conservation's gold standard
    The cape leopard coins: Conservation's gold standard
    Dr Quintin Martins, the founder of the Cape Leopard Trust, peers through his binoculars across the valley where he discovered his first Cape mountain...
    Brush up - 10 of the best international art fairs
    Brush up - 10 of the best international art fairs
    As Johannesburg basks in the afterglow of its first art week and the seventh successful instalment of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, organisers throughout the rest of the art world are preparing for their own art fairs. These fairs offer an excellent way to experience some of a city’s...
    Serious thought brings art to life
    Serious thought brings art to life
    In the recently released book Art as Therapy, Swiss-British writer and philosopher Alain de Botton and philosopher and art historian John...
    SA dance superstars in the making
    SA dance superstars in the making
    As children, movement is a method of pre-verbal communication, our bodies forming words long before our mouths know how....
    Actress helps to bring fairy tales to life
    Actress helps to bring fairy tales to life
    The road to transformation in South African dance has been long and fraught with financial difficulties, which plague not just dance companies but...
    Soweto girls step up to the challenge
    Soweto girls step up to the challenge
    Thirty girls, aged between three and seven, line the mirrored walls of Uncle Tom's, a recreation centre on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Dressed in...
    Outside Beezy Bailey
    Outside Beezy Bailey
    From the outside it can be difficult to get a sense of how an artwork is made. The process of speculating what components constitute a whole is, I...
    Frances Goodman's manicured bed of nails
    Frances Goodman's manicured bed of nails
    I meet Frances Goodman at the Goodman Gallery in the midst of installing her current show Nail Her. She is ­standing in the parking lot,...
    Boringly normal is the new cool
    Boringly normal is the new cool
    If you have been on a self-imposed social media ban for the past month, you may have missed #normcore. Coined by K-HOLE (a New York-based trend-forecasting collective) but popularised by the New York Times, the latest hashtag is already transcending the boundaries of its...
    'History Doesn't Laugh' for Willis Thomas
    'History Doesn't Laugh' for Willis Thomas
    I met Hank Willis Thomas for the first time last year at his studio while on a month-long fellowship in New York City. Most of the trip felt a lot...