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Tea and Imago at the Book Lounge

Imago No.2Please join us for a cup of tea at the Book Lounge on Monday 8 March, from 5.30pm, to celebrate the publication of Imago No.2.

This is an opportunity for contributors to come and collect their copies of the journal, as well as for outsiders to purchase a copy.

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Imago Finally Fully Eclosed

Imago No. 1, Spring, 2008 Peter Merrington and Sophy KohlerFriday 14th November saw the final stage in the re-emergence of Imago on to Cape Town’s literary scene. The 2008 version of the journal, with its origins in the 80s, was met with much enthusiasm and support not only from its current contributors but also from those who had once been published between its pages, and those who simply knew the name.

Diane Awerbuck and Henrietta Rose-Innes After considering various possible launching venues, including Versailles at the suggestion of contributor Diane Awerbuck, we eventually settled on everyone’s favourite art gallery: Curious, Whetstone and Frankley. It would have taken too long to get everyone’s passports organised and, what with the current financial crisis, who can really afford to fly?

Peter Merrington Peter Merrington, the founder of Imago, had with him copies dating back to the first 1981 issue which kept people entertained but also made a valuable addition to his speech on the resurrection of this important journal.

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Tamlin Blake’s Private Spaces – 5 to 29 November

Private Spaces

Curious, Whetstone and Frankley is currently holding an exhibition by artist Tamlin Blake called Private Spaces. Besides being a stunning exhibition, Curious-style, Private Spaces will also be the backdrop for the launch of Imago 2008.

If you can’t make it to the Imago launch on 14th November at the gallery then at least come and visit the exhibition, it’s on until the 29th. And includes a fishtank with some rather cool fish, for sale of course:

“Private Spaces” is Tamlin’s curious and organic interpretation of privacy and maternal intimacy. Her reverse glass painting and her beaded baby skins are tactile and sometimes discomforting in their corporeal and substantially natural form.Tamlin Blake’s unaffected reflection of the occasionally sanguine processes of the body belies a powerful message.

Tamlin Blake majored in sculpture during her undergraduate studies, and then specialized in botanical art and received both her Honours- (1999) and Masters Degree (2001) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

She has exhibited extensively and received many grants and awards, among them a Brett Kebble Merit award in 2003. Her work is currently being exhibited in the Spier Contemporary Exhibition, South Africa.

Her work can be found in the Contemporary Collection for The New Hollard House at Villa Arcadia, the Spier Holdings Contemporary Art Collection and the collections of South African Breweries, Absolut Vodka, Nandos (UK) and the Bead Merchants of Africa.

Examples of Tamlin’s botanical artwork canbe found in the collections of the University of Stellenbosch Botany Department, Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in Cape Town and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA. As well as the Water Colour Society of Ireland at the University of Limerick and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia.

Event Details

  • Date: 5 to 29 November
  • Time: Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 2pm
    Saturday, 10am to 2pm
    Or by appointment: 072 596 3099
  • Venue: Curious, Whetstone and Frankley
    87A Station Rd
    Observatory (Next to the bridge)
    Cape Town

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Launch: Imago No.1, Spring, 2008


Curious, Whetstone and Frankley Exhibitionists and Imago Literary Journal invite you to attend the resurrection of Imago and the launch of Imago No.1, Spring, 2008.

Event details

  • Date: Friday, 14 November 2008
  • Time: 6.30PM
  • Venue: Curious, Whetstone and Frankley
    87A Station Rd, Observatory (Next to the bridge),
    Cape Town

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