Must- see galleries in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, Western Cape offers a wide variety of dining experiences, nightlife, student ammenities, winelands and last but not least- contemporary art galleries. The small Western Cape winelands town boasts a new contemporary art community built of varied curated institutions. Hello Art decided to compile a list of must-see art galleries to visit on your next trip to Stellenbosch during the oncoming Spring season ranging from Community-based and educatory to thought-provoking and historically relevant.
Absolout Art Gallery
As a leading South African art gallery, Absolut Art Gallery offers an extensive and exclusive range of original South African art, as well as expert art valuations and experienced investment advice.
The owners of Absolut Art Gallery, Gerrit Dyman Sr and Gerrit Dyman Jr, have more than three decades worth of specialist experience in the art industry.A snapshot of featured artists include world-renowned South African Masters, as well as established contemporary artists — ranging from:
Irma Stern, J. H. Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Hugo Naude, Maurice Van Essche, J. E. A. Volschenk, Gerard Sekoto, Tinus De Jongh, Cecil Skotnes, Robert Gwelo Goodman, Walter Battiss, Ephraim Ngatane, W. H. Coetzer, Adriaan Boshoff, William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and Conrad Theys – amongst others.
A: 19 Ryneveld Street (1st floor)
GUS (Gallery University Stellenbosch) forms part of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Stellenbosch. The gallery is set in an old church and serves as an open forum to it’s local students and visitors to the area. GUS allows its student body to participate and activate the gallery space whilst also including live music, slam poetry and performance based arts. GUS offers a unique access for the public into the arts community.
A : Corner of Dorp and Bird Street
SMAC Gallery is a leading South African contemporary art gallery representing established and emerging artists from South Africa, Africa, and further afield. The gallery successfully first opened in Stellenbosch in 2007 and launched a second space in Cape Town in 2011. SMAC opened its third space in Johannesburg, in 2016.
The gallery manages a dynamic programme of exhibitions and curatorial projects that focus on contemporary artistic discourses, while facilitating collaborative projects with local and international institutions and artists. In addition, SMAC maintains a significant publishing initiative that has produced twenty-five titles to date. The gallery also regularly presents large-scale historical exhibitions and projects that offer a critical re-evaluation of South African art history within a global dialogue.
SMAC participates in international art fairs, including: The Armory Show, ARTISSIMA, Art Brussels and others. SMAC is a definete must-see curated gallery and offers a challenging and thought provoking exhibition schedule annually.
A: 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Street
Ghetto Art Gallery
Curated by Bongo Flepu, the community-driven gallery is located in the old Bokomo-mill with it’s origional architecture in-tact. The Ghetto-Art Gallery offers dynamic exhibitions by local artists and upon attending their exhibitions you will be entertained by performers and will have the opportunity to participate in community debates.
A: 135 Bird Street
Vincent Da Silva
Vincent Da Silva is a sculptor based in Somerset West near Stellenbosch. The Artist works from his studio on large sculptures and promotes his smaller-scaled bronze works in the gallery located in the popular Church Street close to Absolout Art and offers a glimpse into the young and newly renowned sculptural prodige’s creative practice.
A: 38 Church Street
*Compiled by Megan Theunissen, HelloArt 2017.
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