Southern Guild to open in Johannesburg


Foundrie_TableSouthern Guild founders and curators, Trevyn and Julian McGowan and art dealers Justin Rhodes and Ashleigh McLean are set to disrupt Johannesburg’s artistic landscape with their dynamic new space in Rosebank’s Keyes Art Mile precinct. The 300-square-metre contemporary exhibition space, in the StudioMAS designed Trumpet building, is due to open this August and heralds an intriguing partnership between leading contemporary art gallery WHATIFTHEWORLD, and esteemed collectible-design platform Southern Guild, both firmly established in Cape Town.  Together they have devised an innovative programme for their expansive new space, which can be divided for focused presentations and interdisciplinary experimentations. Each gallery will maintain its distinct individual identity, while simultaneously provoking a new exchange between artists and designers and introducing a new creative dialogue. This local manifestation of a global movement toward blurring the line between art and design will ultimately result in a curatorially focused intimacy between artists working in the two arenas.  There will be an independent calendar of programming, but for their inaugural show, the two galleries have purposefully curated a synergetic collection of work, a journey through tableaus that relate and reflect, and that present a strong narrative of their shared methodology – a collection that couldn’t exist anywhere else.


The first show opens in August and will present work by Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo, Zimbawean sculptor Moffat Takadiwa and visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga alongside limited-edition furniture by leading African designers such as Cheick Diallo, Hamed Ouattara and the late Babacar Niang as well as South African heroes Gregor Jenkin, Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses.

Be guided through South African collectible design



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Southern Guild’s latest show, Graphica, showcases a dramatic and diverse selection of top collectible design pieces in South Africa. Join us for a guided walkabout of the show and learn more about the growing prominence of African design. To book your spot, email Kerri at with the title “RSVP Graphica Walkabout” stating your name and preferred date.


Thursday 9th June at 13:00 or Tuesday 14th June at 13:00.


The show is open Monday – Friday from 10am-5pm in our gallery at 10 Lewin Street, Woodstock. Graphica will continue until 1st July.


Photograph by Adriaan Louw


A New Wave: Call for Submissions


Southern Guild is calling for submissions of one-off, never-before-seen, collectible design pieces from South Africa’s new generation of designers. In the latter part of 2016, Southern Guild will show never-before-seen collectible design from South Africa’s best young designers in a show titled A New Wave. We’re looking for new talent to be considered for this exhibition to be held in our Cape Town gallery in Woodstock, adding to the emerging design narrative in South Africa. Prized by collectors, these items increase in value over time as they are produced in small numbers and are not everyday production pieces.



  • The piece should be a new, functional product, in line with the requirements for collectible design. No funding is available for production.
  • Work should not have been previously exhibited.
  • Designers should be under 40 years of age and be based in South Africa or neighbouring countries.


Application process:

  • Submit a maximum of five images of the one-off or limited-edition piece, with dimensions and description of materials and inspiration (1MB each will suffice). Should your piece not be complete, send comprehensive plans, renders and drawings of the proposed product, with dimensions and description of materials and inspiration.
  • Submit a bio of 150 words about the designer.
  • Send us your details: name and surname, date of birth, telephone number and email address and location.

Send submissions by 9 May 2016 to Kerri at with “A New Wave Submission” and your name in the subject line. Successful applicants will be informed by 13 May and will have eight weeks to complete their pieces.