South Africa’s art galleries offer visitors an artistic feast, from traditional craft-inspired art to ancient artefacts, colonial work and the richly varied art of contemporary practitioners.
Brand South Africa Reporter
- Johannesburg art galleries
- Pretoria art galleries
- Cape Town art galleries
- KwaZulu-Natal art galleries
- Western Cape art galleries
- Eastern Cape art galleries
- Free State art galleries
- Limpopo art galleries
- Mpumalanga art galleries
- Northern Cape art galleries
- North West art galleries
National and regional galleries
The country’s flagship institution is the South African National Gallery, found in the scenic Company Gardens on Government Avenue in central Cape Town. The gallery falls under the umbrella of Iziko Museums, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. It is also responsible for Cape Town’s Michaelis, William Fehr and Natale Labia collections.
The National Gallery’s permanent collection spans the colonial to the contemporary, with its first works acquired in 1871.
In the major cities, regional galleries – the Durban Art Gallery in KwaZulu-Natal, the Johannesburg Art Gallery in Gauteng, the King George VI Gallery in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape – showcase collections of indigenous, historical and contemporary works from these provinces.
Visit the Iziko Museums website for more information.
University and corporate galleries
The universities also play an important role in acquiring works of national interest, with substantial collections housed at institutions such as the Gertrude Posel Gallery at Wits University and the University of South Africa gallery in Pretoria.
There are also several corporate collections of national interest, including those of Standard Bank, Absa Bank and insurance company Sanlam.
- Gertrude Posel Gallery
- Standard Bank African Art collection at Wits University
- Absa art collection
- Sanlam art collection
Commercial galleries are found mainly in the major cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Many of these host solo and curated group exhibitions that change regularly, often on a monthly basis.
Johannesburg art galleries
12 DECADES ART HOTEL
286 Fox Street, Maboneng
Each room of the self-catering 12 Decades Art Hotel features unique interior decor by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists and designers, representing one of the 12 decades of Johannesburg’s history.
Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
This corporate gallery hosts monthly contemporary art exhibitions and the prominent annual L’Atelier Award. Its impressive collection includes large-scale specially commissioned pieces, works by young contemporary artists and historical South African pieces dating back to the 1900s.
AFRICAN FEELINGS GALLERY
154 Linden Street, Sandown, Sandton
This commercial space specialises in Southern African and African art with occasional curated exhibitions.
155 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Afronova is a Pan African gallery for modern and contemporary art created by Henri Vergon. It presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art from the African continent and also represents artists. The gallery has a specialized bookshop with a catalogue of local and international publications on the art of the continent.
ALICE ART GALLERY
217 Dryf Avenue, Ruimsig, Roodepoort
Owned by Alice Pitzer, Alice Art Galleries have two major galleries, in Ruimsig on the West Rand and Tshwane. They stock works that ranges from the inexpensive to investment status.
17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg
The Alliance hosts contemporary South African and international art exhibitions, usually by solo artists. Exhibitions are solicited through proposals.
ANTON SMIT SCULPTURE PARK
The Anton Smit Sculpture Park is situated on the northern side of the Bronkhorstspruit Dam. It features a backdrop of natural limestone formations, manicured lawns and succulent gardens, highlighted by an expansive collection of monumental sculptures and installations. Only 40 minutes from Pretoria and an hour from Johannesburg, the Park is a destination of creativity attracting tourists and art buyers.
62 Tyrone Ave, Parkview, Johannesburg
Art Africa will dazzle you with its collection of arts, crafts and artefacts from around Africa. The shop is split into a front section that carries funky, contemporary and often recycled items from self-help groups in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo. The back section has an amazing selection of wooden games, head rests, wooden statues and sculptures, wooden and grass bowls and bright African fabrics.
Shop no U45, Legacy Mall, corner Maude & 5th Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg
Specialising in African and South African art, Art Afrique showcases fine African art, including well known pieces featured in private and corporate collections from around the world.
ART ON PAPER
44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg
This small and reasonably priced gallery exhibits art from southern Africa with a special focus on works on paper, including all graphic and printmaking techniques as well as drawing. The print cabinets house an impressive collection of contemporary prints, and curator and owner Alet Vorster is welcoming and knowledgeable. Catalogues and books on local art are sold through the gallery.
ARTIST PROOF STUDIO
The Bus Factory, 1 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
This innovative, community-based printmaking studio is situated in the hub of the Newtown Cultural Precinct. It is a training, production and selling facility concentrating on skills transfer and exchange programmes in Southern Africa and abroad.
ARTISTS UNDER THE SUN
Zoo Lake, cnr Westwold Way and Jan Smuts Ave, Parktown
Over 100 artists exhibit paintings, sculptures, ceramics and pottery at Zoo Lake on the first weekend of every month.
ARTS ON MAIN
264 Fox Street, Johannesburg
Arts on Main is a hub for Johannesburg’s creative community, a place to share and develop ideas. Developed in a newly converted early 1900s bonded warehouse, it features multiple creative experiences in one venue, including a restaurant, event and exhibition spaces, an outdoor cinema, and a rooftop bar.
Corner 7th Street and Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Art One Sixty features contemporary art, new artists and an ever-changing schedule of displays.
Gallery: 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue Parkwood, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Warehouse: 3 Hetty Avenue, Fariland, Parkwood, Rosebank
Since opening in 2001, the Artspace Gallery has worked with talented, up and coming, as well as contemporary, South African artists. The Warehouse is a satellite gallery of Artspace and was designed to be a salon space presenting the ever changing array of works stocked by the gallery. However, demand has led to it too hosting exhibitions.
BAG FACTORY, AKA FORDSBURG ARTISTS’ STUDIOS
10 Minnaar Street, Fordsburg
Johannesburg’s longest-established communal artists’ studio complex, the Bag Factory houses 15 local artists full time, including some of South Africa’s most established names, as well as three studios for international artists-in-residence. Founded to encourage dialogue between South African and visiting artists, it has major political and cultural importance. It houses the Artists Press and a gallery.
52 6th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Batanai Artworks shows African art from southern Africa, focusing especially on high quality stone sculptures by master sculptors.
BENSUSAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY
121 Bree Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Newtown
Part of MuseumAfrica, this space focuses on the history of photography and exhibits a permanent collection of optical toys, mirrors and lenses, exposing the public to the principles of photography and cinematography. It has a temporary exhibition space showing historical and contemporary work by local and international artists.
CHAPANGU GARDEN GALLERY
304 Adolf Street, Strathavon, Sandton
This 1.5-acre commercial garden gallery in Sandton is home to select pieces by Zimbabwean stone sculpture masters. Artists include Agnes Nyanhongo, Colleen Madamombe, Dominic Benhura, Joe Mutasa and the late Bernard Matemera and many others.
CHERIE DE VILLIERS FINE ART GALLERY
Shop UM25, Hyde Park Corner, Cnr William Nichol & Jan Smuts, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Established in Johannesburg in 1993, the Cherie de Villiers Fine Art Gallery offers an extensive range of paintings and bronze sculpture by leading South African artists.
CIRCA ON JELLICOE
2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, Johannesburg
Extending the legacy and passion of the Everard Read Gallery on Jellicoe Avenue, they have, with award winning architectural firm studioMAS, created a striking sculptural structure that is as bold a creative statement as the contemporary art it will host. Gallery owner Mark Read’s vision for the gallery is to provide an opportunity for everyone, with varying stylistic interests, to look at art inclusively within in a venue that will offer patrons a complete experience of art in all its manifestations.
68 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Co-Op provides a platform for new and emerging work in the fields of contemporary art and design, and features a diverse program of exhibitions, events and exclusive collaborations.
DAVID BROWN FINE ART
Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Sandton, Johannesburg
David Brown Fine Art features a contemporary space with a large sculpture garden. The gallery exhibits contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography and ceramics in a variety of styles.
DAVID KRUT PUBLISHING
140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
David Krut Publishing publishes high quality books on contemporary South African art and architecture with the intention of encouraging an awareness of the wealth of creative talent in South Africa and promoting local writing on a range of subjects.
EVERARD READ GALLERY
6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
This commercial art gallery showcases quality work by local and international artists, holding monthly exhibitions of contemporary South African artists. It also deals extensively in investment-focused wildlife and traditional painting and sculpture.
FERREIRA ART GALLERY
300 Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg
The Ferreira Art Gallery features art, sculptures and giftware. It also offers framing services, art classes, workshops and exhibitions. The premises include a beauty and hair salon and nail bar, as well as a fully-licenced restaurant with a continental menu.
DF Malan Extension, Elandsdrift, Muldersdrift
Paintings by Maureen Rugani in all media, as well as ceramics, stained glass, decoupage, pottery and hand-crafted knives.
36 Orleans Road, Kya Sands, Randburg, Johannesburg
Gallery 181 features an extensive and representative collection of authentic South African art, collected over 14 years, from artists in the Limpopo province, where sculpture is deeply rooted in tradition.
52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
Gallery Momo exhibits local contemporary work that goes beyond modern art and sees itself as an “alternative venue” for artists.
GALLERY ON THE SIDE
Pineslopes Shopping Centre, Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg
Boasting one of the largest collections of Fine Art in South Africa, this South African art gallery displays over 3 000 unique items in stock. Gallery on the Side is right in the heart of the luxury office and residential belt of Gauteng, which services the Sandton CBD. It incorporates a true African Boma gallery on two levels – choice South African Art, African Artefacts and International Graphics are on offer together with a comprehensive framing service.
GALLERY ON THE SQUARE
Nelson Mandela Square, corner Maude and Fifth streets, Sandton
A commercial gallery focusing on prints, painting, sculpture and ceramics. International names include Picasso, Joan Miro, David Hockney and Jim Dine, while local artists include Regi Bardavid, Colbert Mashile, the Ardmore Ceramic Studio and others.
Arts on Main, 40 Berea Street, corner 245 Main Street, Johannesburg
Gallery Seippel shows upcoming South African and European contemporary art. It encourages a cultural exchange between the Seippel Gallery in Cologne and the Johannesburg gallery and often invites artists from South Africa to exhibit in Europe and vice versa.
78, 3rd Avenue Melville, Johannesburg
The Godart Gallery promotes contemporary South African art and is located in the trendy suburb of Melville. It is a a contemporary developmental gallery, giving newcomers are given an opportunity to break into the art world.
163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
The Goodman Gallery was founded in 1966 and remains at the forefront of the local contemporary art scene. It represents a variety of artists, both local and international, and has a regular exhibition programme of primarily solo and two-person shows. It is home to William Kentridge, Penny Siopis, Sam Nhlengethwa, Zwelethu Mthethwa, David Koloane and David Goldblatt, among other top names.
GRAHAM’S FINE ART GALLERY
Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, corner Cedar and Valley Roads, Broadacres, Fourways, Johannesburg
An investment and fine art gallery, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery specializes in only the finest collection of work from artists such as Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Hendrik Pierneef, Hugo Naude, Gerard Sekoto, Alexis Preller and Walter Battiss.
HENRY TAYLOR GALLERY
Shop No G 7.2, Cedar Square, corner Cedar and Witkoppen Roads, Fourways, Johannesburg
Henry Taylor specialises in the Old Masters. The gallery features a diversity of Old Masters, as well as up and coming artists, who have been earmarked as the next generation of Old Masters.
IN TOTO GALLERY
6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrew Street, Birdhaven, Johannesburg
In Toto strives to offer the best of many different genres and a range of styles that will cater to the established art collector, as well as newcomers to the art scene.
JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY
Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
This Edward Lutyens-designed building houses impressive collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th century local and international art and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present. As a major focus of urban regeneration programmes, it provides the base for the Joubert Park Public Art Project.
KIM SACKS GALLERY
153 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
This commercial gallery specialises in contemporary South African design, fine craft objects and folk and tribal art from the continent, including jewellery, wood carvings, furniture, ceramics, and basketwork.
MARKET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Market Cultural Precinct, 139 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
A community-based photographic training centre with studios and darkroom facilities, the Photo Workshop’s gallery shows work by current and former students.
Mary Fitzgerald Square, 121 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
The museum exhibits objects related to Johannesburg’s labour history, culture, art, music and politics. It also features a journey through the glory years of Africa’s past. It houses the Bensusan Museum of Photography and the Museum of South African Rock Art, as well as a geological collection. Temporary exhibition spaces host multidisciplinary festivals, contemporary art and student shows.
NGWENYA ART GALLERY
Sunridge Farm, Corner Beyers Naude & Diepsloot R114, Mulderdrift
Glassware, vases, bowls, candle holders, glasses, animal figurines, ornaments and corporate gifts crafted from recycled glass. Talented glassblowers demonstrate their skills every weekday and last weekend of the month.
14 the High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
6th Floor, 155 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
The Obert Contemporary has a flagship gallery in in Melrose Arch and an inner-city venue in Braamfontein. It is committed to the careers of a select group of contemporary artists from southern Africa. The gallery represents established artists with extensive local and international exhibition experience.
32 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
Objekt is located at Parktown Quarters and is committed to South African craft. It features artwork, ceramics, furniture, interior goods, and jewellery. Exhibitions, featuring a wide variety of artists, are also hosted at Objekt.
PURPLE HEART GALLERY
Cnr. Christiaan De Wet & John Vorster Avenue, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort
The Purple Heart Gallery is actively dedicated to promoting established and up-and-coming South African artists, focusing on work that is appealing and decorative.
ROODEPOORT MUSEUM GALLERY
Civic Centre, 100 Christiaan de Wet Road, Florida Park, Roodepoort
The Roodepoort Museum Gallery houses a collection of decorative art, glass and porcelain, representing such famous names as Royal Doulton, Meissen, Rosenthal, Daum, Royal Worchester, Lalique, Wedgewood, Etling and Clarisse Cliff.
Ground floor, The Newtown, Newtown, Johannesburg
Working only with a select few artists, the Rooke Gallery aims to further the appreciation of contemporary art. The gallery hosts a strictly limited number of exhibitions annually, all of which are designed to appeal to a growing art public with an appreciation for the avant-garde.
SABC CORPORATE ART COLLECTION
Radio Park, Henley Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
The collection holds 700 historical and contemporary works by various South African artists, including Kay Hassan, David Koloane, William Kentridge, Christine Dixie, Wayne Barker and Robert Hodgins. Some excellent contemporary works are displayed to the public in the foyer of Radio Park. In recent times the primary concern has been to acquire work by black artists and other artists previously under-represented in the collection.
Broadacres Garden Centre, Cedar Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg
The Seed Pod Studio has grown from a small ceramics studio into a large Arts & Crafts studio focusing on many crafts, including ceramics, decoupage, mixed media and mosaics.
SPAZA ART GALLERY
19 Wilhelmina Street, Troyeville, Johannesburg
The Spaza Art Gallery is community-based in a multi-cultured neighbourhood in the inner city of Johannesburg. It is a non-profit organisation that offers paintings, sketches, drawings, stone work from Lesotho, recycled works, decorated iron furniture, mosaic pieces, jewellery and more.
STANDARD BANK GALLERY
Corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
A corporate, non-commercial space situated in Johannesburg’s downtown CBD, the gallery hosts high-profile exhibitions by local and international artists and major travelling exhibitions. Temporary theme-based exhibitions are curated from the Collection of African Art (held at the Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits) with a strong educational focus aimed at scholars, students, academics and the general public. Annual attractions include the World Press Photo Award and the Standard Bank Young Artist exhibitions.
62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
The Stevenson Gallery hosts solo and group exhibitions that engage with contemporary art practice in South Africa as well as Africa and its diaspora. There is also a Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town.
78 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg
The Thompson Gallery specialises in South African contemporary art, with regular exhibitions that include sculptures, paintings and glasswork.
Sandton City Shopping Centre, Shop U 17a, Upper Level, Sandton, Johannesburg
The Totem Gallery, which was founded in 1968, trades in high quality, authentic African art, which it ships worldwide.
UJ ARTS CENTRE
UJ Arts Centre, Cnr Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park
The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery exhibits contemporary South African art and group exhibitions by younger generation artists. Through the gallery, the university has occasionally commissioned site-specific public works, installed on campus.
The Bus Factory, 3 President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
The gallery exhibits works by emerging artists, young and old, handcrafted figures and hosts spoken-word events.
WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY AFRICA
Manor Gallery, Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg
The WSA was founded in 1975 with the objective of promoting the art and practice of watercolour painting. It has branches in Johannesburg, Centurion, Durban, Nelspruit, and Polokwane, and also hosts informal meetings in other areas. Exhibits are held at the Manor Gallery in Johanensburg.
Pretoria art galleries
ANTON VAN WOUW MUSEUM
Ou Merensky Library, University of Pretoria, Pretoria
Dutch sculptor Anton van Wouw was best known for laying the foundations of traditional South African bronze sculpture. His works include African studies of the indigenous people of South Africa, as well as many monumental busts of leading Afrikaner leaders of the early 20th century.
22 Chaumont, 174 Catherine Drive, La Montagne, Pretoria
Artcase Inc exhibits paintings, sculpture, gall art, works on paper and hand embroidered art. They do consultations at the art gallery or visit homes and offices.
ASSOCIATION OF ARTS PRETORIA
173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
A non-profit organisation, the Association of the Arts Pretoria promotes visual arts in all its forms. It features inter-connected art galleries in the peaceful setting of the Austin Roberts Park and Sanctuary. The Association hosts about 30 exhibitions annually and also puts on lectures, art classes and workshops for 500 to 1 000 people per month.
CENTURION ART GALLERY
Corner Cantonments Rd and Unie Avenue, Lyttelton Manor, Centurion
Affiliated to the Pretoria Art Gallery, the Centurion Art Gallery specialises in South African art. It collects, documents and conserves outstanding examples of mainly South African art, researches and compiles exhibitions from the permanent collection, and hosts major national and international travelling exhibitions, supplemented by educational activities.
8 East Avenue, Irene
Creature Pots creates works of art that celebrate South Africa’s small wild creatures and encourage a love for them. The artists all express themselves in their own unique styles.
105 Club Avenue, Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria
The Design Shop promotes South African design, applied art and selected crafts. It
provides a showcase for young talent as well as established designers and creates opportunities for skills development and wealth creation for all South Africans, including those who have been historically disadvantaged and have difficult access to the local and international markets.
EDOARDO VILLA MUSEUM
Old Merensky Library, University of Pretoria, Pretoria
Permanent displays in the museums are 143 works which consist of heads, plaster of Paris reliefs, figures, tapestry, polystyrene sculptures in steel and charcoal studies. The exhibits are supported by documentary videos.
FRIED CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY & STUDIO
430 Charles Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria
The Fried Contemporary Art Gallery and Studio exhibits the works of established artists, as well as of selected upcoming and previously unrecognised artists. Their shows are mostly curated and the focus is on good conceptual art, as well as on providing investment choices to art buyers and collections.
PRETORIA ART MUSEUM
Corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia Park, Arcadia, Pretoria
The museum’s permanent collections include South African old masters, works from the Lady Michaelis Collection, international graphic art and 17th century Dutch paintings. The 20th century collection includes works by Irma Stern, Gerard Sekota and Judith Mason, among others. The various exhibitions halls host a number of concurrent exhibitions, some of which are aimed at school art syllabuses. A major new show opens every three months. An annual attraction is the Sasol New Signatures art prize, awarded to a young artist who has not yet held a solo exhibition.
78C Plot, Leander Way, Olympus, Pretoria East
The Showroom aims to show off the best of South African art, and also features a section for new talent. They feature a wide variety of art, including Persian rugs and pewter objects.
THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA ART COLLECTION
University of Pretoria, Pretoria
Located in various buildings across the university’s campus, the University of Pretoria art Collection contains the works of 250 painters and graphic artists, 60 sculptors and 14 potters. They include include substantial collections of particular artists. In total there are 2 760 paintings, 800 sculptures (the largest collection in South Africa) and 30 ceramic pieces.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA ART GALLERY
Kgorong Building, University of South Africa Main Campus, Preller Street, Pretoria
A regular exhibition programme focuses mainly on core issues in the Unisa Fine Arts and Art History degrees through curated group exhibitions. The permanent collection is a good representation of historical and contemporary South African art.
TINA SKUKAN ART GALLERY
6 Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria
The Tina Skukan Art Gallery, situated on one of the last remaining small holdings in Faerie Glen, hosts monthly exhibitions of established artists, as well as events such as artists talks, demonstrations, walkabouts and performances. The exhibition areas include a sculptural garden.
Cape Town art galleries
34 FINE ART
160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Fine art by leading South African and international contemporary artists.
38 SPECIAL GALLERY
38 Buitekant Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Established in 2000, 38 Special Gallery is located in one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, which dates back to 1770. The original walls are still visible. 38 Special operates as a day time coffee shop and showcases local art talent, usually solo exhibitions, that are updated monthly.
3RD I GALLERY
95 Upper Waterkant Street, Cape Town
Situated in an 18th-century warehouse, the gallery showcases exhibitions exploring contemporary issues. The on-site framing workshop offers framing, museum preservation and restoration. Phone to find out about evening function times.
A WORD OF ART
Woodstock Industrial Centre, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
A Word of Art aims to create art projects and experiences rather then white-wall gallery shows. It reflects a new artistic subculture that is a mix of street art, graffiti art, underground art, popular art, modern art and contemporary art.
THE ALFRED MALL GALLERY
Shop 1, Alfred Mall Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
The Alfred Mall Gallery features the finest in contemporary South African fine art. Established in 1994, it showcases some of South Africa’s most exciting and talented artists. Original works of art by South African artists, paintings in varied media, ceramics and bronzes, complimented by an extensive collection of the South African Print Collection, offers a wealth of choice.
Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville, Cape Town
Art.b, the Arts Association of Bellville, is a community-orientated organisation, sensitive to new ideas and supportive of established and emerging artists from all cultural backgrounds. Art.b’s vibrant art gallery showcases the visual art and artists of the Western Cape. A non-profit organisation open to all, it is the Western Cape branch of the South African National Association of Visual Art. The gallery is maintained and managed with the support of the City of Cape Town.
ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL ARTS
35 Church Street, Cape Town
The AVA is an important not-for-profit gallery in central Cape Town hosting up to 50 exhibitions a year, with proposals selected by committee. Run by the energetic Estelle Jacobs, the AVA usually hosts three exhibitions at a time, with many young contemporary artists making their debut here.
55 Main Street, Newlands, Cape Town
Opened in March 2010, the Barnard Gallery focuses solely on art and sculpture. Its philosophy is to showcase that art that owner and director Christiaan Barnard has personal for and to evoke the same appreciation from the public.
113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Blank Projects is is an independent, artist-run exhibition space founded in Cape Town by Jonathan Garnham in 2005. It is dedicated to new developments in contemporary South African Art and encourages experimental practice from both emerging and established artists, building a context for the dissemination of ideas around contemporary African arts practice.
BRONZE AGE FOUNDRY
King George Way, Simonstown
Incorporating Albertyn’s Stables Art Gallery and a bronze foundry which services many of the city’s artists, this wharf-side institution is housed in a 200-year-old building originally used by a cartage company to stable horses and store carts.
60 Church Street, Cape Town
The Cape Gallery is set in the heart of the old city, flanked by the colourful Georgian and Dutch facades built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Central to the tradition of South African painting is the abiding love of the land. Early Cape painters were reporters who described the topography, flora and fauna of the land, a conservative approach which is still favoured by the gallery’s clients today. The emergence of vibrant street art has added an African character to the work on display.
CARMEL ART ORIGINAL
Claremont Gallery: 66 Vineyard Road, corner Cavendish St, Claremont, Cape Town
Constantia Gallery: Constantia Village Shopping Centre, Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
With two galleries in Cape Town, Carmel Art stocks a wide range of paintings by leading South African artists in a large variety of media and subjects. Traditional work is shown in the Constantia Gallery and more contemporary in the Claremont Gallery, which has recently been expanded to become the largest contemporary art gallery in Cape Town.
192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. It is a national monument and a multi-functional cultural centre that includes a contemporary South African art gallery.
CHELSEA ART GALLERY
51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg, Cape Town
Situated in the old Chelsea Village of Wynberg is the ‘Ou Pastorie’, a beautiful Victorian house and home to the Chelsea Gallery, host to leading South African artists and monthly exhibitions of contemporary art.
DAVID KRUT PROJECTS CAPE TOWN
31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town
David Krut Projects Cape Town is dedicated to promoting contemporary art in a dynamic and collaborative environment. It includes prints and editions from the David Krut Workshop (DKW), Johannesburg, by leading and emerging South African artists and a variety of media by artists represented by David Krut, as well as material by established local and international artists.
DEON VILJOEN FINE ART
1 Palmboom Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Deon Viljoen Fine Art specialises in 20th century South African art and furniture, and furniture and works of art relating to the European contact with South and Southeast Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries.
67 Loop Street, Cape Town
Shop 4, Franschoek Square, 32 Huguenot Street, Franschoek
Ebony’s art collection sources classic and contemporary South African paintings and artworks, sculptures and ceramics by some of the most recognised and collectible South African artists.
ERDMANN CONTEMPORARY AND THE PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY ZA
63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
This contemporary gallery functions as a dual-medium promoter. As Erdmann Contemporary the gallery is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary comic art, in addition to representing a select group of painters. Simultaneously as the Photographers Gallery ZA the location showcases new trends in South African contemporary photography.
EVERARD READ GALLERY
3 Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
A regional offshoot of the long-established Johannesburg gallery, the Everard Read specialises in investment art including wildlife and landscape paintings.
61 Shortmarket Street, between Loop Street and Bree Street, Cape Town
G2 Art offers diverse exciting original contemporary art, including painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography, by South African artists.
47-49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock, Cape Town
Affiliated to the Bag Factory in Johannesburg and the Gasworks in London, Greatmore Studios offer work places to local artists and temporary residencies to visiting artists. Exhibitions by residents are held on an irregular basis.
84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
The Hänel Gallery has established itself as a reputable space showcasing contemporary South African and international artists falling well to the left of centre. With its roots in Germany, the gallery has exposed more than one local artist to the European art fair scene. It has a proven commitment to the local art scene and the advancement of the best in it.
71 Loop Street, Cape Town
Wembley Square, Gardens, Cape Town
The iArt Galleries represent primarily contemporary South African artists. Opened in 2009 in Wembley Square, The Project Room serves to expose emerging talent. The gallery exhibits at major local and international art fairs
IRMA STERN MUSEUM
Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
Irma Stern (1894-1966) was a major South African artist who achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime. Established in 1971 in the house the artist lived in for almost four decades, the museum’s permanent collection on display shows Stern’s development as an artist, with subjects including exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media. There is also a commercial gallery showcasing contemporary South African artists.
JOÃO FERREIRA FINE ART
70 Loop Street, Cape Town
One of South Africa’s leading galleries for contemporary artists and art collectors, João Ferriera Gallery hosts regular shows by contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Work is selected for exceptional and unique quality. The gallery has the experience and expertise to provide a range of specialist services to collectors, such as the acquisition, sale, restoration and conservation of works of art; valuations and insurance advice; transportation and storage; and framing and installation.
JOHANS BORMAN FINE ART GALLERY
In-Fin-Art Building, Upper Buitengracht Street, Cape TownFeatures a selection of works by South African Masters – Irma Stern, JH Pierneef and Gerard Sekoto, among others – as well as works by leading South African contemporary artists such as Erik Laubscher, Conrad Theys and Walter Meyer, covering a diversity of styles and subject matter.
THE LOVELL GALLERY
139 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape TownThe Lovell Gallery comprises the Main Gallery, where curated and solo shows are featured regularly, and the Upstairs Gallery, where a wider variety of quality, contemporary works in a range of mediums are exhibited. The Lovell Gallery also hosts courses in photography, visual art and writing about art.
Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
Situated in the historical Old Town House on Greenmarket Square in the city centre, the gallery is home to a collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters as well a small collection of antique Dutch furniture.
Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town
These university galleries occasionally stage cutting-edge, non-commercial shows including video art by local and international artists, as well as housing postgraduate and undergraduate exhibitions.
MICHAEL STEVENSON GALLERY
Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
The Michael Stevenson Gallery opened in Green Point in 2003, but moved to Woodstock in 2008. Its exhibitions fature contemporary South African, as well as African, art. It also shows the work of international artists, thanks to its Forex programme.
MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHIC ART GALLERY
Upper Eastside, 31 Brickfield Road, Salt River, Cape Town
Museum Photographic Art Gallery is a project and exhibition space in Salt River which aims to discover and develop contemporary South African fine art photography. Each season, Museum takes on a maximum of 10 artists to fill the walls of the three-level gallery space.
NATALE LABIA MUSEUM
192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Presented to the South African National Gallery by Count Natale Labia in 1985 in memory of his parents, the museum houses a historical collection, occasional temporary shows, and offers drawing classes, workshops and lecture series.
PORCUPINE CERAMICS GALLERY
Shop 103, Ground Level, Clock Tower Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Porcupine “Art out of Africa” has created a unique and sophisticated Euro/Afrocentric range of contemporary ethnic “raku-pit-fired” ceramics, which project a new and exciting art dimension whilst retaining the spirit of Africa.Inspired by the art of the very diverse ethnic cultures of the Southern Hemisphere and Africa, the Porcupine Ceramics Gallery at the Clock Tower has a vast range of decorative art pieces with crackled glaze, flashed metallic and blackened carbon surfaces. The firing process at the studio ensures that each fired piece is totally unique, and no two pieces are ever identical.
RAW VISION GALLERY
89 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Raw Vision Gallery is a newcomer to the Cape Town art scene, having opened in June 2009. It promotes the work of South African as well as international artists, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and animators. According to the Raw Vision Gallery website, “we like to exhibit ‘Art with Attitude'”.
ROCOCO ART CAFE, STUDIO AND GALLERY
38 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Rococo is a studio gallery, located in a heritage site. Exhibitions run for one month at a time and many different types of art are promoted, including music, photographic and contemporary art.
ROSE KORBER ART CONSULTANCY
48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Rose Korber is an independent art consultant and dealer, specialising in works by leading and emerging contemporary South African artists. Her selection of artwork ranges from paintings, drawings, original prints and photography, to sculpture, ceramics and museum-quality craftwork. She also offers specialist services such as installation, framing, hanging, conservation and restoration.
91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Salon 91 is a boutique-style gallery and showcases works by both emerging and established contemporary artists. Exhibitions rotate every three to four weeks.
SANLAM ART GALLERY
2 Strand Road, Bellville, Cape Town
A corporate collection of works by South African artists, comprising paintings, drawings, graphics and sculptures, with selections exhibited regularly at the company’s Bellville head office. The collection spans the 20th century and many international art movements.
SONI ART STUDIO
3 Soni Road, Crawford, Athlone, Cape Town
The Soni Art Studio is the exclusive provider of “Soni Art” in Cape Town, South Africa. Inheriting its origins from the ancient art of illumination, it’s a unique art form that incorporates versatile and decorative Arabic script.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN ART COLLECTION
Shop 9, Lower Ground Level, Clock Tower Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Established in November 2002 by invitation of the V & A Waterfront Directors, The S.A. Art Collection has fast become a favourite South African art gallery with visitors and South Africans alike. It features a wonderful choice of South African original art, African artefacts and bronze sculptures together with the ‘S.A. Print Collection’ range. Situated on the same level and a stone’s throw from the Nelson Mandela Museum and departure point for the Robben Island ferry, it is ideally situated for a relaxing browse and coffee break whilst one gazes at unique art from Africa.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY
Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape TownSouth Africa’s flagship art museum houses major collections of South African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the permanent collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRINT GALLERY
109 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
The South African Print gallery focuses on showcasing and dealing in quality printmaking, with the emphasis on quality, good and unusual prints.
THE TABLE BAY GALLERY
Shop 6246, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Mall, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
The Table Bay Gallery features many genres of art, from original South African paintings to bronze sculpture, glassware to ceramics, and others objet’d art. It is presented in a contemporary and modern environment.
THESE FOUR WALLS
168 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
These Four Walls’s stated vision is “to bring to the buying public a gallery that excels at exhibiting artwork that people want to live with and can afford to own.”
URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
The Urban Contemporary Art Gallery exhibits the work of many different artists and holds regular exhibitions. Information on the artists and exhibitions is available on the Urban Contemporary Art website.
1 Argyle Street (Corner Argyle and Albert Road), Woodstock, Cape Town
Whatiftheworld acts as a platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists, and was selected in 2007 by Contemporary Magazine (London) as one of the “Top 50 Emerging Galleries from Around the World.”
WILLIAM FEHR COLLECTION
Corner of Darling and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town
Located in the Castle of Good Hope, and comprising both the B Block and Good Hope galleries, the William Fehr Collection is a permanent display of historical paintings and decorative arts from the 17th to mid-19th centuries reflecting social life, events and the natural environment, mainly in Cape Town, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. There are also archaeological displays of artefacts excavated in the Castle and a number of furnished interiors. Gallery spaces are occasionally used for historical and contemporary art exhibitions
WORLDART CAPE TOWN
54 Church Street, Cape Town
Worldart specialises in the managing and marketing of artists and their art and features works by a wide variety of artists. Worldart specialises in sourcing and shipping contemporary South African art to any destination worldwide.
69 Roeland Street, Cape Town
YoungBlackMan exhibits a wide variety of art, somewhat off the beaten track and, at times, somewhat controversial.
KwaZulu-Natal art galleries
AFRICAN ART CENTRE
94 Florida Road, Durban
Found in the centre of Durban, the African Art Centre exhibits the work of both young and established black artists, working in contemporary and traditional styles. There is a strong representation of printmaking, beadwork, woodwork, sculpture, textiles and ceramics.
22 Sutton Cresent, Morningside, Durban
This non-profit gallery often hosts travelling shows with a French bias. It also supports work by local artists.
ANDREW WALFORD SHONGWENI POTTERY GALLERY
Internationally renowned Andrew Walford’s hilltop studio and gallery is situated in indigenous bush overlooking the Shongweni Dam and Nature Reserve. His stoneware and porcelain is inspired by nature. By appointment only.
THE ART ROOM
3A Chartwell Centre, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
The Art Room exhibits works by leading and emerging South African artists, ranging from oil paintings to graphcs and mixed media works, as well as bronze, wood, and bone sculptures.
ARTISAN CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
344 Florida Road, Durban
Artisan is an acronym for Arts in South Africa Now. The gallery hosts an eclectic collection of contemporary art, including in the fields of fine art prints, paintings, collage, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, textiles, wood, and Africloth gift cards.
3 Millar Road, Stamford Hill, Durban
ArtSpace Durban offers a contemporary visual arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artists studio spaces. ArtSpace offers exhibition, marketing, sales, promotion and venue hire facilities to both artists and those interested in developing the contemporary visual arts by way of organisations or project development. ASD offers a professional artists agency function focused on networking, collaborative commissions and large-scale public and private sector partnerships and projects.
45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban
This non-profit centre, originating from a grant by the Bartel Arts Trust, exhibits temporary shows by young, mainly black artists and craftspeople. It encourages first-timers in the Democratic Gallery and more established artists in the Menzi Mchunu Gallery. Housed in a converted wharfside building, it has a café and overlooks the harbour. It is also a popular venue for music gigs.
BLUE CATERPILLAR ART GALLERY
37 Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg
The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery covers two floors of the Butterflies for Africa complex in Pietermaritzburg. It exhibits a wide range of styles and mediums, featuring both established and up-and-coming artists for South Africa and beyond.
CARNEGIE ART GALLERY
Old Library Building, Scott Street, Newcastle
Lying in the centre of Newcastle, this municipal gallery boasts a small but rich permanent collection of South African contemporary art. A collecting policy built around the theme of landscape and a particular focus on the art and craft of the Newcastle region give the collection coherence.
DURBAN ART GALLERY
Second floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Housed in the Durban City Hall, this municipal gallery has a permanent collection specialising in Victorian painting and South African contemporary art. The bulk of the European collection was donated in 1920 and includes British, French and Dutch paintings, objets d’art such as French and Chinese ceramics, early glass vases by Lalique and bronzes by Rodin. The collection focus is now largely concentrated on works that reflect the rich multi-cultural diversity of Durban and South Africa. The gallery hosts a wide range of travelling shows of national and international interest.
DURBAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ART GALLERY
Library Block, Durban Institute of Technology, 51 Mansfield Road, Berea, Durban
Established to bring art to the student body of the Durban Institute of Technology (formerly Technikon Natal), this educational gallery focuses on student work and travelling exhibitions. It has a permanent collection of South African contemporary art with a special focus on KZN artists such as Andrew Verster, Clive van den Berg and Bronwen Findlay.
EMPANGENI ART AND CULTURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Turnbill Street, Empangeni
Non-profit gallery with a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. The Empangeni museum is situated in the Old Town Hall erected by the sugar farmers of the town in 1916. Extensively renovated in 1995 it was reopened as a museum in April 1996. It houses a representative collection of contemporary art from KwaZulu-Natal including works by Andrew Verster, Trevor Makoba, Dennis Purvis, Andries Botha, Gert Swart, Raphael Magwaza, Diamond Bozas, Bonnie Ntshali and Nesta Nala.
FAT TUESDAY GALLERY
Bellevue Campus, 5 Bellevue Road, Kloof
The Fat Tuesday Gallery has a strong emphasis on photography, but also accepts work in traditional and new media. It features an eclectic blend of paintings, photographs and ceramics.
HOUSE OF MAKIWA
22 Ayliffe Rd, Boughton,Pietermritzburg
The House of Makiwa is located in Boughton, Pietermaritzburg, and features the work of the internationally acclaimed, self-taught artist Makiwa Mutomba. Visits are by appointment only. “I opened this gallery because art deserves a beautiful home. My paintings are like my children. I have seen some of them hanging in appalling light conditions, and I felt the same pain as a mother would feel when she sees her son suffering in life. A painting, is visual communication. When I create a painting I am trying to convey a message that words cannot,” the artisit said of his decision to open a gallery.
Shop 7A, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito
The Imbizo Gallery features paintings by leading artists in a wide variety of styles. The Gallery is also home to a superb collection of bronzes and pots.
JACK HEATH ART GALLERY
Fine Art Department, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
Based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the gallery’s collection focuses on contemporary South African art, particularly graphic prints and ceramics. It also includes a few fine examples of European art. The gallery frequently holds exhibitions by Masters students and contemporary KZN artists.
KIZO ART CONSULTANTS AND ART GALLERY
Shop G350, Palm Boulevard, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, Durban
The Kizo Art Gallery is owned by Craig and Barbra Mark, who have more than 20 years of experience in the South African art industry. They have coordinated exhibitions are over the world, including in the USA, the United Kingdom, India, Switzerland, and at the United Nations. The gallery plays an active role in arts awareness programmes.
166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, DurbanThis non-profit gallery services the members of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts. Housed in a custom-designed building by an award-winning architect, it has a regular exhibition schedule showing work of established artists of provincial, national and international reputation working within a contemporary arts framework. The gallery also supports younger up-and-coming artists and is involved in community outreach initiatives.
MARGATE MUNICIPAL ART MUSEUM
Civic Centre, Dan Pienaar Square, Margate
This municipal gallery has a permanent collection of contemporary South African art and also hosts temporary exhibitions. Focusing mainly on two-dimensional work with pieces by Dennis Purvis, Tinus de Jonge and Andrew Verster, the collection also has a small ceramics section including works by Ian Calder and Jonothan Keep.
36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban
A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists.
TATHAM ART GALLERY
Corner Longmarket Street and Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Road, Pietermaritzburg
Housed in the former Supreme Court building in Pietermaritzburg, the Tatham collection was initiated in 1904 with donations of Victorian art. Supplemented in 1923 by a collection of glassware, porcelain and Oriental rugs as well as 19th and early 20th century French and British art works, the collection has grown to include Degas, Renoir, members of the Bloomsbury group, Picasso, Matisse and Hockney.
48 B Florida Road, Durban
The Collective promotes young artists under the age of 35 within the Durban area. In addition, to the visual arts, it also champions music and poetry, as well as arts that are not usually given a platform, such as street art and graffiti.
Western Cape galleries
Galleries outside Cape Town.
ALAN AINSLIE WILDLIFE STUDIO
Hermanus, Western Cape
Alan Ainslie specialises in in wildlife art, from drawings to paintings to prints to sculptures.
BEATRIX BOSCH ART GALLERY
57 Die Duin, Wilderness
Beatrix Bosch has been creating unique artworks in leather since 1969, and is a sought-after artists by private collectors, as well as corporates, the public sector, interior designers and architects. In recent times she has also branched into digital graphics.
112 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
D-Street Gallery is located on the ground floor of Merweda House, a proclaimed heritage building in historic Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The gallery showcases contemporary collector and investment art by established and emerging artists, catering to a culturally diverse and international audience from all walks of life. Its vision is to create a sense of artistic community and to be a place of contemplation, stimulation, discussion and enrichment.
DE KRAAL GALLERY AND STUDIO
123 Main Street, Paarl
The De Kraal Gallery is home to an exquisite collection of contemporary artworks, oil paintings, sculpture and ceramics, capturing the diversity of South African culture. There is also a continuously changing display of functional and one-off ceramic works by Anna-Marié Scholtz, handmade in the adjoining studio.
DORP STREET GALLERY
Corner of 176 Dorp and Ryneveld streets, Stellenbosch
Dorp Street specialises contemporary South African artists, with a new exhibition every three weeks. They feature South African artworks in all mediums: painting, graphic work, sculpture, ceramic, glass, installation art, textiles and so on. There is also a shop selling glass, jewellery, graphics, paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculptures and African decorative collectables
151a Main Road, Hermanus, Overberg Region, Western Cape
Gallery Hermanus – Fine Art Gallery – established in August 2002 in the Main Road of the quaint, scenic, vibrant holiday and recreation coastal gem, Gallery Hermanus offers an intimate selection of original fine art from well known South African artists in addition to a wide range of prints and African artefacts.
THE KALK BAY GALLERY
62 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Peninsula
This Cape Town art gallery’s reputation for the most comprehensive selection of contemporary South African original fine art has made it a favourite destination with collectors and investors from South Africa and around the world. Established in 1995, the Kalk Bay Gallery is housed in the now distinct Orange Building – 62 Main Road Kalk Bay, overlooking False Bay on the South Peninsula coast of Cape Town. It offers a unique selection of over 3 000 items.
LIPSCHITZ GALLERY16 Market Square, Beacon Way, Plettenberg Bay
The Lipschitz Gallery is well known nationally and internationally for representing the best of South Africa’s emergent and established artists in all genres, in the biggest gallery on the Garden Route.
SASOL ART MUSEUM52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
This museum is run by the University of Stellenbosch and houses a collection of historical works by Cape artists as well as temporary curated and solo exhibitions.
STELLENBOSCH ART GALLERY
34 Ryneveld Street, Shop 1, Ryneveld Plaza, Stellenbosch
The Stellenbosch Art Gallery features an extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass and ceramicsby selected Western Cape artists.
STELLENBOSCH MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY (SMAC) Gallery
1st floor, De Wet Centre, Stellenbosch
The SMAC Gallery is primarily concerned with the significance of historical and contemporary art movements in South Africa. It aims aims to provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art.
79 Market Street, George, Western Cape
Established in 1968, Strydom Galery is a family business internationally recognised for its high standard and tasteful display of selected artworks by a cross-section of South African painters, sculptors, printmakers, potters and photographers.
US ART GALLERY
Corner Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
This gallery, situated in an old church, falls under the University of Stellenbosch and is regularly host to exhibitions of contemporary art.
VINEYARD GALLERY FRANSCHOEK
21 Huguenot Street, Cape Winelands, Franschhoek, Western Cape
Situated on the main road of Franschhoek, the elegant and contemporary Vineyard Gallery Franschhoek features some of South Africa’s finest artworks. On offer in this modern, light and bright art gallery is a comprehensive selection of South African art. On display are South African landscapes and seascapes, wildlife and township art, abstract and impressionist art, as well as unique African sculptures.
Eastern Cape art galleries
DE BEERS CENTENARY ART GALLERY
University of Fort Hare, Alice
EPSAC COMMUNITY ART CENTRE
36 Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth
The Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts was established in 1918 to nurture and and promote all forms of art and craft in the Eastern Cape Region. Now a non-profit organisation, the EPSAC Community Art Centre still maintains the same vision today.
IBIS ART CENTRE
Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda
In the small town of Nieu-Bethesda – home also to the Owl House, where outsider artist Helen Martens and Koos Malgas constructed a garden of figurative sculptures – the Ibis Art Centre mounts exhibitions of contemporary art including the !Xoe biennial exhibition of site-specific sculpture.
MARLENE NEUMANN FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
8 Kent Road, Vincent, East London
The Marlene Neumann Centre for Fine Art Photography features a fine art photographic gallery that serves as a permanent showcase for Marlene’s exclusive photographic art. It also includes a studio for teaching creative photography courses. There is also a fully equipped lecture venue and a large professionally equipped darkroom for students. The art garden is also a must-see attraction.
MORNE KRETSCHMANN ART GALLERY
Bloomingdales Village,145 Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth
The Morne Kretschmann Art Gallery features the works of over 80 of South Africa’s leading artists, including decorative and fine arts, as well as highly important South African paintings.
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM
1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth
Collections include of South African art, particularly from the Eastern Cape, British art, international printmaking and Oriental art, including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles. There is an active programme of temporary exhibitions.
THE OWL HOUSE MUSEUM
River Street, Nieu-Bethesda
Over a period of about 12 years in the mid-20th century, Helen Martins and Koos Malgas created from her imaginings the hundreds of sculptures and relief figures that crowd the Camel Yard and cover the walls of the Owl House. Her favourite animals, owls and camels, predominate, but all manner of real and fantastical beings are to be found.
PETER’S ART GALLERY
18 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay
RON BELLING ART GALLERY
30 Park Drive, Port ElizabethRon Belling was South Africa’s foremost aviation artists who produced 1 650 paintings during his lifetime, of which 500 are aviation subjects. Many of these are exhibited at the Gutsche Family Investment, Ron Belling Art Gallery, dedicated to his memory in Port Elizabeth.
THE VINCENT ART GALLERY
2 Donald Road, Vincent, East London
The Vincent Art Gallery reflects the artistic spirit of Southern Africa. The art is classic, young, established and it contemporizes the past, present and future For the collectors of South African art the gallery houses an exceptional collection of fine arts, sculptures, ceramics, exclusive precious stones, silver and amber jewellery.
UNDERCULTURE CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS GALLERY
98A Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth
Underculture Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, which caters for a discerning and culturally aware urban audience, aims to promote and offer quality contemporary fine artists in the greater Nelson Mandela Bay metro and Eastern Cape. It also serves as a trustworthy platform for the development and promotion of promising local career artists.
WALTER BATTISS GALLERY
45 Paulet Street, Somerset East
In an official ceremony held in front of the white-gabled house in Paulet Street, Somerset East, in September 1981, Walter Battiss bequeathed his collection of his own art works to “the people of Somerset East and South Africa”. The two-storied house with its long, shaded veranda is a familiar landmark in the small Karoo town. The Walter Battiss art gallery was originally built in 1818 and served as an officers’ mess on Somerset Farm.
Free State art galleries
BELLRINGER ART GALLERY
3A Dok Beyers Street, Heuwelsig, Bloemfontein
The Bellringer Art Gallery hosts quarterly exhibitions in a beautiful lush garden setting, and provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists to show off their works without having to foot the bill.
5 Riemland Street, Sasolburg
This intimate house environment hosts a collection of academic and commercial contemporary South African art.
JOHANNES STEGMANN ART GALLERY
Sasol Library, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Based at Free State University of the Free State, the gallery’s permanent collection includes art by old South African masters (dating as far back as 1929) alongside a specialised collection of work by the Bloemfontein group and artists from Thaba’nchu and other surrounding towns. The annual Absa L’Atelier Regional Selection show and student exhibition are hosted by the gallery.
OLIEWENHUIS ART MUSEUM
16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein
As a satellite of the National Museum in Bloemfontein, the Oliewenhuis concentrates solely on South African art ranging from the old masters to contemporary paintings, graphics and sculpture. The permanent collection houses works by David Brown, Justinus Khoalibe, Winston Saoli, Ben Botma, Paul Emmanuel, Leora Farber and many others.
Limpopo art galleries
GEMCO ART GALLERY
Plot 124, Ivydale, Polokwane
Masks from all over Africa, paintings from well-known South African artists, craftwork in iron wood, African jade and verdite, Zulu baskets, hand-painted and carved ostrich eggs, hand-carved furniture, mud and batik table cloths, lampstands made from horns and bones and lots more.
JOHANN KOCH GALLERY
119 Thabo Mbeki Drive, Mokopane
Experience the feel of the African bush in both the animals and the bushland backdrops and foregrounds that Johann Koch uses lavishly in his paintings.
POLOKWANE ART MUSEUM
Danie Hough Cultural Centre, 70 Schoemann Street, Polokwane
The museum concentrates on paintings and sculptures by artists from Limpopo. Its permanent collection has been accrued through donations by local artists, including the prominent Jack Botes.
Agatha Street, Tzaneen
The museum houses a notable collection of Tsonga and North Sotho artifacts and art, including the world’s largest collection of pole carvings from the region. Among the objects are the royal drums of the famous rain queen Modjadji. Sculptures by local artists also form part of the permanent collection.Website
Mpumalanga art galleries
Waterfield Farm, near White River, Mpumalanga
Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original hand-printed artists’ lithographs. Also artists’ books, monotypes and letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in South Africa.
64 St Georges Road, White River
Ceramic studio on a smallholding outside White River with a range of work by ceramic artist Anton Bosch, including vast ceramic panels.
Two kilometres outside White River on the Hazyview Road
Zakkie Eloff’s wildlife paintings, etchings and sketches are available, as are Coral Stephens’s woven hangings, Anton Bosch ceramics and Renee Eloff oils and silkscreens.
Northern Cape art galleries
DUGGAN CRONIN GALLERY
Egerton Road, Kimberley
Next to the historical McGregor Museum, this gallery holds a collection of early photographs of Africans by Duggan Cronin, an Irish photographer who arrived in Kimberley in 1897. Shot between 1919 and 1939, some of the traditional tribal rites depicted can never be photographed again. The gallery also displays African arts and crafts and a number of rock paintings (originals).
WILLIAM HUMPHREYS ART GALLERY
Civic Centre, Cullinan Crescent, Kimberley
The gallery’s collection focuses on Dutch and Flemish art from the 16th and 17th centuries, South African art, ceramics and furniture.
North West art galleries
ADLOU ART GALLERY
St Monica Street, (Scott Street ext), Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort Dam
Includes the work of Adriaan Boshoff, Tienie Pritchard, Branka Dimitrov, Joyce Carrera, James Harris, David Ras, Zerk de Villiers, Christopher Haw, Carla Louw,Gavin Calf, and Ryan Loubser
ALICE ART GALLERY
Hartbeespoort Waterfront Gallery (Opposite the Snake Park), Hartbeespoort
Alice Art Gallery Hartbeespoort houses all types of art, ranging from paintings, drawings, and etchings to sculptures, ceramics, mosaics and carvings. They also have a very diverse selection of mediums in the works they display: oil, acrylic, watercolour, Indian ink, ballpoint pen, pastel, charcoal, pencil, metal, wood and bronzes.
DIETMAR WIENING GALLERY
R512 Lanseria Road, Broederstroom, Hartbeestpoort Dam, North West
South Africa’s leading bronze sculptor of marine life and birds. Figurative art, painting and stunning water features are permanently exhibited at the artist’s gallery in Broederstroom.
HARTEBEESPOORT ART GALLERY
110 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort Dam
This gallery focuses mainly on wildlife paintings and features some old South African masters including Maggie Laubscher and Franz Oerder.
13 Waterbok Avenue, Miederpark, Potchefstroom
Jaarsma’s Art Gallery stocks a large variety of paintings from various local, national and international artists, and also offers professional framing services.
JO ROOS STUDIO GALLERY
De Wilt, near Cheetah Farm, R513, Brits District
Detailed bronzes of African wildlife and life-sized nudes, impressionist oil paintings and watercolours.
KOSMOS ART GALLERY
139 Paul Kruger Street, Kosmos Village, Kosmos
PIETER JACQUES KRUGEL ART GALLERY AND STUDIO
52 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort
Featuring the work of Pieter Jacques Krugel, best known for his magnificent landscapes and Nguni cattle scenes. His medium of choice is acrylic paint on canvas.
Waterfall Mall, Augrabies Avenue, Rustenberg
WILLEM ANNANDALE ART GALLERY
Public library, Melville Street, Lichtenburg
Article reviewed on 20 January 2014
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