The Mickey True Original project was such a wonderful venture that really created a multifaceted exchange between Art Eye and Disney but also between Africa and the rest of the world.

We have been given a remarkable honour to contribute to a narrative that has lasted almost 100 years; one that has been engaged with by so many incredible artists who have come before us.

It has been a collaboration of immense responsibility and visual consideration. It is the first time that Mickey Mouse has been interpreted outside of the Western norms.

As such our artists have fully immersed themselves in the culture of Mickey Music while creating an undisputed African Mickey Mouse aesthetic through their visual narrative.

It took months of planning and just over 2 weeks of diligent work and we were able to produce an authentic experience of the Mickey Mouse Brand with an Art Eye sensibility.

#MickeyMouse sculptures were delivered by @disneyafrica @disney to #ArtEyeGallery under the strictest secrecy for a collaboration with 10 local artists who were given the opportunity to turn Mickey into an African celebration for his 90th birthday.
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10 SA Artists lend their unique take on the global icon


Johannesburg, 26 September 2018 – Today Disney Africa, in association with Art Eye Gallery, launched the Mickey the True Original Art Collaboration where ten six-foot Mickey Statues where unveiled, each brought to life by ten highly talented South African artists.

Each statue has been designed, painted and crafted to show each artist’s unique take on Mickey Mouse, who is celebrating his 90th anniversary this year. From vivid colour palettes, spray paint graffiti stylings, to pantsula outfits and shweshwe prints, each interpretation is a celebration of the global icon in a truly proud South African way.

The ten artists include Cassius Khumalo, Colbert Mashile, Dominic Tshabangu, Lee Scott Hempson, Louis van den Heever, Nika Mtwana, Phumzile Buthelezi, Toni Bico, Trevor Coleman and Welcome Danca.

“For nine decades, Mickey Mouse has bound generations together more than any other animated character. His iconic status and global appeal has also inspired countless artists over the decades,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “The Mickey the True Original Art Collaboration continues this inspiration, but with a truly South African interpretation of Mickey’s charm and universal appeal.”

“No matter what age, every person has a connection with Mickey Mouse and, when Disney approached Art Eye to collaborate on this venture, we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Damien Hirst, Diego Rivera and so many more who were inspired by this character,” comments Ty Selmon, Director of Art Eye Gallery. “To give this unique local take on Mickey allows us to give him an honorary South African status, bringing to life the unique and eye catching interpretation, sights and imagery that only this country can produce.”

Fans will be able to see the statues in real life as they travel the country as part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition, inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his global impact on popular culture. The exhibition will travel to 3 cities and delight fans and families alike as they journey with Mickey over the years. Featuring 4 sections highlighting Mickey’s innovation, his evolution, influence on fashion and also pop culture, the exhibition is in collaboration with Samsung and Edgars, and will visit:
o Sandton City, Centre Court: 28 September – 14 October
o Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Expo Explore Court: 19 October – 11 November
o Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Centre Court: 16 November – 26 November

The Mickey The True Original campaign includes a series of global festivities honouring nine decades of Mickey Mouse, his heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon. In South Africa, a number of initiatives are underway to join these celebrations including the exhibition, a two-hour star-studded special to air on M-Net 101 later in the year, amazing retail activations and more.

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated in honour of the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18th November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Since then, he has starred in more than 100 cartoons and can currently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers.

“UNPLUGGED” by Jesse Clegg


“Unplugged” is an intimate evening with the musical sensation Jesse Clegg. Clegg will be inviting the audience on a musical journey, laid against the unique and majestic backdrop of Johannesburg City. “Unplugged” is especially curated for 40 guests who are interested in experiencing a musical awakening. This evening will be carefully crafted through finger foods prepared by Master Chef Matt Manning, sponsored by Siemens, Art by Art Eye Gallery, wines by Boschendal and of course music by the magnificent Jesse Clegg. The event will be held on our magical roof top deck, overlooking the city at sunset. The musical journey will move down to the moody #AETheLaunchPad, where he will share in artistic journey by speaking about and performing each song.


Date: 6 November 2018

Time: 18:30pm for 19:00pm

Price: R1000 per ticket

Contact: Art Eye Gallery +27 71 386 2198 / +27 11 402 0154

To book your ticket please email gallery@arteye.co.za

Photographic Call Looking for Love


Looking For Love

…is a photographic exhibition that explores the human condition, through the things, the people, the places or states of being we succumb to.

Our exploration is manifested through our persistent existential pursuit of self; often experienced through lust, through desire, through love…

It equivocates what we are usually unable to verbalise by means of words but often only through experience.

It speaks to the subtleties of being and the complexities of vulnerability while expanding the definition of love. Love by any means may not only define what romance can provide but is a multifaceted ability; can love by any other word still be called love? Do we experience moments and feelings that resemble our desire, that envelop us in comfort and think it is the same? If loves power is transformative, is it transformed by us or are we transformed by it? The definition is essentially unfixed and so love adopts the ability to occupy a multitude of spaces….maybe rather possibilities.

The possibility of love not only implies intention but propels the action of looking into being.

“Looking for Love”, explores the interpretation and nuance between the possibility of finding love and the intention of Looking For Love.

Text by Sanele Manqele

Emerging and professional Photographers and/or photo-based artists are invited to submit work, to be considered in the curation of the exhibition entitled “Looking for Love”. The works will be internally reviewed and final exhibition works will be selected from the submission process. If this is an exhibition you would like to participate in, please send your application to lfl@arteye.co.za and please include the following:

– Your CV

– A short artist’s statement

– A selection of photographs not exceeding 3MB per photographic

Images may be rendered in any format, black & white or colour, any subject matter the photographer may find interesting; there are no formal specifications to this project.

There is no entry fee for submission.

*The copyright of the images remains the property of the photographer/artist Submission Deadline: 31st December 2018

“Looking for Love” is a photographic exhibition to be curated by world renowned photographer, Jodi Bieber.

Jodi Bieber’s professional career began covering the 1994 Democratic Elections in South Africa for The Star Newspaper after attending three short courses at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. A turning point was her selection to participate in the World Press Masterclass held in the Netherlands in 1996. This opened the door to travel the world on assignment for international magazines and NGO’s. She has won numerous international awards including the Premier Award at World Press Photo in 2010. She continued during this time to pursue her own projects and presently spends most of her time working this way. Her four monographs: Between Darkness and Light – Selected works: South Africa 1994-2010; “Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa, 1996; Soweto, 2010 and Real Beauty 2014 and other works are exhibited in solo and group shows locally and abroad. Her work has also found homes in some significant collections like The Artur Walther Collection, The François Pinault Collection, The Johannesburg Art Gallery and Iziko Museums Collection. She mentors students with their projects, lectures, and gives photographic workshops all over the world.