Gallery Guide: Woodstock/Observatory
The Lovell Gallery
The Lovell Gallery focuses on helping art lovers become collectors. Specialising in fresh, quality pieces by up-and-coming local artists, this space makes contemporary fine art – everything from installations to paint work – available to buyers while it is still rather affordable. The main gallery showcases curated solo and group shows, and the smaller upstairs gallery exhibits a wider variety of quality contemporary works.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 6pm; Saturday: 10am – 2pm
139 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 5918
34 Fine Art
Featuring fine art by leading South African creatives, this large exhibition space features an ever-changing array of works in various media, including acrylic, oil and sculpture. The local pieces are complemented by a selection of creations by international artists.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 10:34am – 4pm; Saturday: 10:34am – 1:34pm
Second Floor | The Hills Building | Buchanan Square | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 1863
This contemporary art gallery runs a series of both solo and group exhibitions and focuses on giving South African and African artists access to the rest of the world by participating in international art fairs. What’s more, the Woodstock-based venue has also regularly featured the work of overseas artists for the first time in South Africa.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 1pm
Buchanan Building | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 1500
This independent exhibition space in Woodstock showcases new developments in contemporary South African art and is not afraid to feature very experimental work. The gallery represents a number of notable artists and hosts regular exhibitions that parade their pieces.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 1pm
113 – 115 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 462 4276
Goodman Gallery Cape Town
The Goodman Gallery, which also has a branch in Johannesburg, promotes contemporary South African art and focuses on artists from Mzansi, greater Africa and other countries that engage in a dialogue with the African context. Visitors can expect to find a wide range of works here, from paintings and sketches to photography and installations.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm; Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Third Floor | Fairweather House | 176 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 7573
Whatiftheworld / Gallery
This up-and-coming gallery has become a popular destination for curators and collectors looking for innovative African contemporary work, be it installations, drawings, sculpture or performance pieces. By giving a voice to emerging talents, Whatiftheworld intends to stimulate dialogue and critical debates within the local art community.
Opening Times: Monday: by appointment only; Tuesday – Friday: 9:30am – 5pm; Saturday: 9:30am – 2pm
1 Argyle Street (corner of Argyle Street and Albert Road) | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 2376
Greatmore Studios in Woodstock is a registered non-profit organisation that brings artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and underprivileged communities together in a working environment to enhance creativity and productivity. Various shows are held at the gallery by both resident and visiting creatives, and patrons can watch the artists at work and purchase pieces directly from them.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
47 – 49 Greatmore Street | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 9699
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