Art & Galleries
Cape Town is alive with creativity. It’s a city that effortlessly celebrates its rich African artistic heritage while mining a rich seam of vibrant contemporary art. All bases are covered, in other words. Want to take in the highlights of what’s happening right now? We’d suggest you start with these half dozen hot galleries.
Youngblood Gallery is so much more than just a gallery. It’s a space where talented emerging South African artists come to promote and share their work with the public and develop as artists themselves. The gallery consists of three open plan floors, with the space also doubling up to cater for a range of exhibitions, performances, poetry evenings and workshops.
70 – 72 Bree Street, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa
GUILD is a 450-square-meter space of exciting and inspirational African design, art and lifestyle. The gallery will be home to exhibitions with international galleries, showcase incredible, local art before they’re taken to other global galleries and provide a space for like-minded individuals to share their love for African art and design. Don’t forget to visit the amazing GUILD store too so you can take a piece of GUILD home with you.
95 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
34 Fine Art
This fine art gallery is a colourful celebration of the most exciting new and emerging South African talent, with an urban/contemporary aesthetic.
Host of the lauded FOREX art fair, the Stevenson hosts emerging and established artists, as well as curating a number of excellent exhibitions on the international art fair circuit.
160 Sir Lowry Rd,
With its Artreach Fund reaching the parts of South Africa few other galleries do, AVA has established a reputation for unearthing some of the most vital, and thrilling new art in the country. This dynamic space is always worth a visit.
35 Church St, 8001
What If The World
From a clutch of seriously exciting new spaces, What If The World comes out on top, for its ruthlessly inventive curation of the best new South African art, and its programme of challenging, but always thrilling, exhibitions.
1 Argyle St,
Goodman Cape Gallery
Amid the rapid expansion of Cape Town’s gallery scene, Goodman Cape – exhibiting since 1966 – remains something of an elder statesman. That’s not to say this politically charged space has lost any of its edge. It’s still as vital as ever, and still focused on art as a catalyst for freedom of expression.
176 Sir Lowry Rd,
Set to open in summer 2016, this will be the largest contemporary art gallery on the entire African continent. It will house the collection of German-born businessman Jochen Zeitz, in around 80 separate gallery spaces. Until the gallery opens, works from the astonishing collection are being exhibited at the temporary Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) Pavilion near the Bascule Bridge at the V&A Waterfront.
Grain Silo Complex