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Chandler House is a small design studio and shop located in the heart of Cape Town’s bustling CBD. The 18th century Cape Georgian building houses both the Voorkamer Gallery and the shop itself. Monthly exhibitions take place in the Voorkamer Gallery whilst the shop is filled with locally-made homeware, artisanal gifts, antiques, textiles and a wide selection of fine art.
Chandler House is the brainchild of Michael Chandler who opened the shop doors in December of 2013. What began as a platform for showcasing his designs soon grew to include other Cape artists and makers.
Chandler House is open as per their usual opening hours. Visitors are required to where a mask and to sanitise their hands upon arrival.
After two very long months spent in lockdown, Chandler House is beyond excited to be re-opening and entering the world with a special and unusual exhibition called ‘While We Were in Quarantine’.
Conceptualized and created by Alice Toich, the show is a collection of over 20 works which were painted and sketched by the artist at her home during the initial three-week lockdown that was enforced in the autumnal months of 2020. Confronted with the challenge of being in a lockdown for an extended period of time, Alice initiated an Instagram movement called #21DaysOfArtSA which would encourage people from all over the world to pick up a brush or tool and create a work of art in response to a theme that Toich would set. Every day, for three weeks, Toich shared her lockdown creations with us from concept to final work. She then had the arduous task of sifting through all the submissions and hashtags to share the efforts of those who joined her. In the end her movement created over 3000 art works around the world, may of which gave the anxious, afraid and bored something to help them bear the challenges of a lockdown. It must therefore be highlighted that this exhibition is not just a collection of her works from the first day to the 21st, but rather the manifestation of Toich’s art manifesto: that art is for everyone, that art can help us in times of distress and that we all need a lot more art in our lives. Chandler House is very honoured to be exhibiting this wonderful project in our Voorkamer for the month of June.
A Note from the Curator:
I think what Alice did in this time was incredibly special and testament to both the wonderful person and artist that Alice is. If you aren't already following her on Instagram, follow her on @alice_toich and take some time to look up the hashtag #21DaysOfArtSA to get an idea of the breadth of this art movement.
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