Arts on Main,some of this and that…


Over the last few weeks I have been visiting a variety of Johannesburg markets and today was the turn of “Arts on Main” in down-town Johannesburg

Can anyone tell me what the buildings were originally used for? This  contraption can be found in the David Krut Project. A gallery and book shop.

Currently the rabbit- warren of space houses a diversity of stores.

This metal Johannesburg skyline is actually a key holder…the store stocks a range of products called “Love Jozi”…great for gifts!

As well as being free range, I am sure that all the  “Love Jozi”clothes on sale are organic.

This gallery was closed, but the space and the sculptures were of interest to me

This shop,called Ace, was conceptualized and is managed by Imagine Nation.A sister shop to one in Greenpoint in Cape Town as well as the original store at 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg

I thought that this was a piece of installation art…turns out the gallery owner had “popped out”for a moment.

This matchstick sculpture by land artist Hannelie Coetzee was accidentally set on fire by a fellow artist who was welding some metal work close by. Despite the damage, the piece has been sold…

“Mmmmm, what should I have for lunch?”

These HUGE burgers by “The Counter”seemed to be a firm favourite.

A burger CANNOT be eaten with a knife and fork…this is the correct method.

If you have never had Roosterkoek,(“made with passion”) then you have not lived.And there is only one way to eat it…with lots of apricot jam and cheese…and that has to be good old cheddar cheese, none of your fancy varieties thank you very much.

For dessert, try one of these mini-lemon meringue cupcakes by Heidi Dodd…decadent…

The market is environmentally friendly, however there seemed to be very few of these bins around.

This young girl seemed to be more interested in what music was on her phone than her surroundings

I can always bank on finding a couple of interesting faces in the crowd

This Ethiopian lady was making tea in the shade of the trees in the garden


More burgers…and boy were they being enjoyed

Open brickwork and beams adds to the innate charm of the space.

A mosaic by Hannilie Coetzee. Her work is truly remarkable…(

Looking the the Jozi art:lab? I found it…
It was in this gallery space that we discovered a very talented young artist.His painting certainly spoke to me and I am certain that they may have a few works for other visitors
It was only when I looked at this picture that I realized what these toilet roll sculptors represented

The roof space here doubles as an eatery and Salsa school
 It also has its own bar, with a great view.
 A picnic in the gardens? Not quite, just a lack of seating but enjoyable non the less.

There is life on Main street

Behind this door is the Bailys African History Archive.

As the aroma of meat on a braai filled the air it was almost time to leave the market…

Just enough time left to watch this Salsa couple strut their stuff..they together with the other couples on the “dance floor” were a joy to watch…Salsa lessons are available on Sunday afternoons.

This venue has come along in leaps and bounds since my last visit about a year ago.Well done to all involved.
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To find out more about the stallholders and the market in general, visit their website at