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 kerri@southernguild.co.za 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.

Graphica, a new group show



‘Tattooed Sleeve by LW and CM’ by Laurie Wiid van Heerden and Ceramic Matters


Graphica introduces some collectible design pieces not yet seen in South Africa, despite having been exhibited by Southern Guild at international fairs such as Design Miami in both Basel and Miami, and Design Days Dubai. ‘Graphica is a visual feast of dynamic silhouettes and exquisite surface detailing,’ explains Southern Guild founder Trevyn McGowan.  A Wiid Design bench hand-drawn by Ceramic Matters to resemble a tattoo, the Kassena Isibheqe cabinet and writing desk by Dokter and Misses, referencing a modern-day script to unite African languages, and Madoda Fani ceramic vessels decorated with armour-like patterning are some of the pieces to look out for in this exhibition. ‘There’s a strong African aesthetic to these works,’ adds partner Julian McGowan, ‘and visitors can expect this to be complemented by a dramatic reworking of the gallery space.’


Artists include:  Adriaan Izak Hugo + Zander Blom, Babacar Niang, Brett Murray, Bronze Age, Daniella Mooney, David Krynauw, Dokter and Misses, Driaan Claassen, Gavin Elder, Gregor Jenkin, Justine Mahoney, Koop, Laurie Wiid van Heerden with Ceramic Matters, Madoda Fani, Porky Hefer, Rodan Kane Hart, Pieter Henning and Xandre Kriel, amongst others.


Graphica is open to the public from 8 April to 1 July.

Ceramicist Andile Dyalvane heads to New York for solo show



CAMAGU, the first international solo exhibition by Cape Town ceramicist Andile Dyalvane (co-founder of Imiso Ceramics), opens at New York’s prestigious Friedman Benda Gallery in June. Friedman Benda, which represents top international names in design has now included Andile’s name on its exclusive list of artists. ‘Andile’s is a completely unique voice in the global design world,’ says Trevyn McGowan. ‘The extraordinary techniques he has developed, and his ability to work in such an oversized scale, something extremely rare in ceramics, offers an exceptional complexity seldom witnessed in this medium, while still forming a narrative that remains true to his African identity.’ New pieces for the show include ceramic screens, lighting, shelving and overscaled vessels, with surface designs that continue to reference the African scarification with which Andile’s work has become synonymous.

Camagu runs from 23 June to 19 August at Friedman Benda, New York.
Follow #camagu to see its progress.