Considering that I’ve been in Johannesburg for nearly half a year already, I still have a lot of hidden gems to discover in the city.

One of the jewels I discovered not so long ago with one of my friends was the Circa Gallery in Rosebank. In as much as it’s so popular on Instagram and the stunning pictures people take on the famous spiraling staircase, I had to go explore it for myself. What I loved about the space was how it wasn’t like any gallery I’ve ever seen before. They really push the envelope in how they present the art to evoke emotion and any thought process in ones mind really. From paintings on the wall, an overhead projector telling a story on another wall to large structures right in the middle of the room. Furthermore, there are levels to this gallery… LITERALLY!

“The most eye-catching aspect of the building is the hundreds of coloured aluminium fins – resembling reeds – that partially screen off the building.”

I did some digging and found that Circa on Jellicoe which was designed by architect Pierre Swanepoel has won a Silver Loerie award for its architecture and interior design. Some of South Africa’s biggest designers and artists have showcased their artwork in this gallery, including South Africa’s very own David Tlale. What I really love however about Circa more than anything is that each visit offers a different experience because it switches up what’s on display and actually features the artwork of up and coming artists. The funniest thing ever is that the photographer and I had sworn to never be a part of this famous staircase and yet here we are today!I absolutely encourage one to go check out Circa. During the weekend or on a fine Saturday, just step out and go appreciate the art and overall ambiance. Right outside there is also a cafe called Milk Bar at which you can indulge in a lovely assortment of coffees and lunch!

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”

What I wore:

It’s no secret that I absolutely love jumpsuits, and so I couldn’t give this look a miss. This well designed silky soft jumper has a hint of sexy, classy and a whole lot of drama with the mesh sleeve darlings! With a whole lot of imbalance in silhouette, asymmetrical neckline and hemline, this piece was a play of garment movement at this year’s Durban July themed “The color of magic”. I simply had to take this piece of art designed by Angel for a spin at my nearly discovered spot. I won’t lie, it was really tricky shooting this garment because I’m not exactly supermodel tall, but I had so much fun bringing out my FIERCE in this royal number.

Photographer: Simphiwe Mkhwanazi
Designer: Angel Nomvalo

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