Gallery Guide: Central Cape Town
Art Galleries in Cape Town
A look at the Mother City’s top contemporary and classic exhibition spaces
Cape Town is a cultural hub buzzing with artistic activity. Our creative metropolis is jam-packed with venues that display both classic and contemporary work and promote emerging and well-established talents. To help you find the exhibition spaces that have gotten lovers of all things pretty, abstract and thought-provoking talking, we’ve compiled an extensive overview of art galleries in Cape Town below.
ART GALLERIES IN CENTRAL CAPE TOWN
Situated on Orange Street, The Michaelis Galleries hosts a wide range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year and includes regular collaborations with Michaelis School of Fine Art. During your visit you can expect welcoming staff that will help engage the projects at your leisure. Be sure to check out the bookshop in the gallery that showcases the work of artists associated with the Michaelis School of Fine Art. This is the perfect platform for students to exhibit their artwork in a non-commercial, experimental space. What’s more – the gallery accepts proposals from the public so begin unleashing your inner creative spirit!
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00AM – 16:00PM Saturday 10:00AM – 13:00PM
31-37 Orange Str.| +27 (0) 21 480 7170
Specialising in managing and marketing artists and their pieces, this contemporary gallery leaves artists free to exercise their creativity across a range of media, from acrylics to oils to pencil work. It also specialises in helping patrons to source pieces for their collections and will ship worldwide. Read more about the Worldart gallery.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 1pm
54 Church Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 3075
Iziko South African National Gallery
This premier museum houses an outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The collection changes regularly to enable the gallery to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. One of the most notable permanent pieces is ‘The Butcher Boys’, a sculpture by Jane Alexander.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Government Avenue (off St John’s Street) | The Company’s Garden | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3970
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Scheduled to open within the V&A Waterfront’s historic Grain Silo on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, this cutting-edge museum is set to be the largest contemporary art gallery in all of Africa. The one-of-a-kind cultural institution, which will span 9,500sq m across nine floors, will be home to German-born businessman Jochen Zeitz’s incredibly diverse private collection of artworks and installations from the continent, which includes creations from the likes of Marlene Dumas, Nicholas Hlobo and Nandipha Mntambo. In addition to around 80 separate gallery spaces scattered throughout the old landmark building, the revolutionary structure will also house a full floor dedicated to art education, a restaurant and bar, a sculpture garden on the roof, a bookshop, various reading rooms and more. Until the official museum opens, select works from the collection are being exhibited at the temporary Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) Pavilion near the Bascule Bridge at the V&A Waterfront.
Opening Times: Wednesday to Monday 10:00 to 18:00; closed Tuesdays (starting 27 September 2017)
Future Zeitz MOCAA: Grain Silo Complex | Silo District | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town
Current Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion: Near Bascule Bridge | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town
The Cape Gallery
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, this gallery seeks to expose art that expresses a love for the African continent and carries our cultural stamp. The emergence of a vibrant street art scene has added an essentially African character to the work on display, which includes everything from paintings and sculpture to ceramics and graphic sketches.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 2pm
60 Church Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 5309
The AVA Gallery
The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) – in partnership with Spier wine farm – is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries. The city centre space promotes advancement of contemporary visual art and artists, with particular emphasis on the Western Cape. Exhibitions change every four to six weeks, and as the gallery space is divided into sections, three solo exhibits can be held simultaneously.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 1pm Saturday: 10am – 1pm
35 Church Street | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7436
This leading gallery was launched by art guru Heidi Erdmann to promote contemporary works and to represent a select group of painters, sculptors and conceptual creatives. Though the exhibitions ran out of a space on Shortmarket Street for many years, the gallery relocated to a large Victorian building on Kloof Street in March 2014 and launched Cape Town’s very first art bar on its ground floor. The photography-focused arm of the business, however, remains at the original premises and continues to serve as a platform for local and international camera whizzes.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 9pm; Saturday: 5pm – 9pm
Erdmann Contemporary | 84 Kloof Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0) 72 356 7056
Photography Gallery | 63 Shortmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2762
Eclectica Design and Art
Situated in the Mother City’s CBD, Eclectica Design and Art showcases a superb collection of iconic international and local designs. Guest can expect a warm atmosphere that encourages strong relationships between patrons and artists. Exhibitions are exciting to look forward to and feature themes that invokes inspiring works of art. This gallery is child-friendly and easily accessible.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 17:00AM; Saturday 9:30AM – 13:00AM
179 Buitengracht St | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 81 355 1120
This city centre space has established itself as one of the leading contemporary South African fine art galleries in the country. It was founded in 2006 with the intention of creating an institution that serves as both a visual and cultural indicator for collectors as well as a platform for contemporary artists. The gallery relocated from Loop Street to a much more expansive Buitengracht Street space at the end of 2013.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 2pm
170 Buitengracht Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5150
João Ferreira Gallery
Founded in 1998, this gallery is dedicated to promoting both emerging and established contemporary visual artists from South Africa. Exhibitions at this city centre display room feature a diverse range of works, such as paintings, sculptures, prints and even videos.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: by appointment only; Saturday: 11am – 4pm
80 Hout Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 2136 +27 (0)82 490 2977
Located in the heart of the city, G2 Art showcases an exciting array of work by the crème de la crème of local contemporary artists. A range of photographs and ever-popular old Cape Town prints from the early 1900s are available to order, and the gallery also specialises in framing.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 430pm; Saturday: 10am – 2pm
61 Shortmarket Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7169
Everard Read Gallery Cape Town
Based in a pretty Cape building at the V&A Waterfront, this well-known gallery aims to maximise the exposure of fine contemporary painting and sculpture (though it doesn’t exclude other mediums, like drawing), and it takes pride in discovering and supporting a growing stable of local artists. The space is also available for hire for exclusive events and can accommodate between 100 and 120 people standing or 80 people seated.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm; Saturday: 9am – 1pm
3 Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 4527
A respected dealer of fine art, this gallery at the Cape Quarter Square is the exclusive distributor of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings and also stocks a very diverse range of works by strong South African artists in a variety of mediums. Here, you’ll find everything from the conservative to the contemporary in an especially stylish setting.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm; Saturday: 9am – 4pm; Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 2pm.
Level 0 | The Cape Quarter Square | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 421 3333
Rose Korber Art
Attached to the Camps Bay home of independent art dealer Rose Korber, this gallery holds a wide selection of paintings, mixed media works, drawings, limited edition prints, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and contemporary beadwork. Korber also specialises in matching clients with art that satisfies their whims and fancies.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm: Saturday: 9am – 1pm; Sunday: by appointment only
48 Sedgemoor Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 9152
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