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Exhibitions & Fairs 2018-2019


  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, 3-7 October 2019
  • Latitudes Art Fair, Johanesburg, 12-15 September 2019
  • Guns & Rain Collector Residency, 27 August – 3rd Sept 2019
  • Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, July 2019
  • Women’s Group Show, “Suffrage”, 3rd July – 24th July 2019
  • Mario Macilau, “Rituals, Spirit & Sea”, 16th May – 13th June 2019
  • Group Show, “Animals are Good to Think With”,  13th March -12th April 2019
  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair, February 2019
  • AKAA Paris, November 2018
  • Thina Dube, “Yesterday Today & Tomorrow”, Sept 2018
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, September 2018
  • Letso Leipego, “The Earthly & the Sacred”, August 2018
  • Group Show, “Fresh Voices” : Carmen Ford, Nelly Guambe, Chris Soal, July 2018
  • Jo Rogge, “Always in a Holding Pattern”, 20th June 2018
  • Sky Salanje, “The Neighbourhood’s Eye”, 19th May 2018
  • Asanda Kupa, “Theories of The Crowd”, 19 April 2018
  • Group Show, March 2018
  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair, February 2018


Guns & Rain works with contemporary visual artists from six African countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana and Nigeria.  Most of our artists are young and emerging.


Founded online in 2014 to address the under-representation of African artists online and on the international art scene, we now have a permanent space in Parkhurst, Johannesburg.  For those across the oceans, we offer prompt and informed advisory to help you find African art that you love, and we deliver it anywhere you like.  We also assist art lovers with custom searches based on their interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website.


Founder Julie Taylor is an anthropologist, communications specialist, and art entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of technology, creativity and the under-representation of African fine art in the global economy. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge.  She is author of Naming the Land, a book based on her doctoral research about San identity in northern Namibia, and is based in Johannesburg.  Before Guns & Rain, Julie ran Google’s communications for Africa.  She is halfway through a Masters in History of Art at Wits University in Johannesburg.


The name ‘Guns & Rain’ is used with acknowledgement and thanks.  It comes from the acclaimed work of South African-born British anthropologist and playwright David Lan, who wrote about guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle — for its reference to nature, culture, identity, land, struggle, change, and many other important African themes. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade.



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