Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town, Cape Town (Self Guided)

The art scene in the western Cape must be experienced by art lovers, as Cape Town is home to many artists and galleries that provide an inside look into African art. Each of these galleries on the tour offer unique masterpieces both on display and for sale. Take this tour to see the most important art galleries of Cape Town.
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Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town
Guide Location: South Africa » Cape Town (See other walking tours in Cape Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: JohnB
João Ferriera Gallery

1) João Ferriera Gallery

The João Ferriera Gallery opened its doors to visitors in 1998, and since then it has rapidly become one the most successful art galleries in Cape Town. The venue organizes on a regular basis different shows and events featuring local and international artists. The gallery concentrates on contemporary art.
Cape Gallery

2) Cape Gallery

The Cape Gallery is located downtown, making it very accessible for the art lovers and tourists of Cape Town. The gallery highlights original African fine art that reflects the cultural diversity of South Africa.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Association for Visual Arts

3) Association for Visual Arts

The Association for Visual Arts, or AVA, is considered to be among the oldest galleries in Cape Town, dating back to 1971. It's mission is the promotion of South African art through exhibitions, art sales and other cultural events. The AVA also has a fund to provide financial aid to emerging artists.

Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 10.00-17.00;
Sat: 10.00-13.00;
Closed: Mon, Sun.
African Image

4) African Image

This specialty shop offers a wide range of authentic, traditional African art. The products are chosen by the shop owner from reputable dealers all over the city and the neighboring areas. This shop has played a significant role in establishing the commercial sustainability of the craft industry in Cape Town.

What to buy here: Shine Shine fabrics and accessories: Increasingly, young designers are making their mark on the city, often by incorporating local cultural symbols into colorful and bold textiles that are transformed into bags, pillows and so forth, waving the proudly South Africa flag in such a colorful way, people will notice you for miles down the street. Shine Shine is a popular example, and can be bought at a couple of interesting shops around the city. African Image on the corner of Church and Burg Street (open on Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00) stocks a range of Shine Shine products. A tray will set you back about R189, and fashionable handbags between R310 and R365. They describe themselves as an independent, tribal art dealership, but they are also known to be the first to offer many contemporary design products, including wire work, recycled craft, funky African print shirts, bags, baskets and numerous other examples of Africa's creativity. The Plush Bazaar at the Biscuit Mill in Albert Road (open from 09:00 to 16:30, Mondays to Friday and from 08:00 to 14:30 on Saturdays) also stocks Shine Shine products. If you can, go on a Saturday, when the Biscuit Mill is host to a local produce market with a selection of goods that will leave your mouth watering. Alternatively, you can also make an appointment with the designer by phoning +(27) 21 4242425.
South African National Gallery

5) South African National Gallery (must see)

The South African National Gallery is to be found in Company Gardens on Government Avenue and is a popular venue for tourists and locals alike.

The gallery houses one of the most important collections of African, British, Dutch and Flemish art in South Africa from the colonial period to contemporary and indigenous art. The collection of architectural designs and sketches, paintings, photographs, sculpture and textiles is so large that the permanent exhibitions are rotated so that nothing is missed out.

The gallery was founded in 1871 and the first works were those donated by the estate of Thomas Butterworth – a total of 45 paintings. Today the gallery holds thousands. You can admire the works of Anton Van Wouw, Marc Chagall, Neville Lewis, Irma Stern, and William Kentridge among many other artists.

Beadwork plays an important role in the lives of women in many tribes. In 1999 the Bead Society of South Africa was integrated into the gallery and you can learn about the meaning behind some of the magnificent head-dresses, vests and jewelry you will see on display.

The gallery has a very good gift shop where you can buy prints and reproductions, books about colonial and contemporary art, books about beadwork and other souvenirs.

Why You Should Visit:
It's a small gallery and devoted to mainly Afrocentric and struggle art, but it's quite fascinating.
The exhibits are totally different from what one would expect to find anywhere else in the world.
If you like modern art in all its forms you must make time for this.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm
Erdmann Contemporary Gallery ZA

6) Erdmann Contemporary Gallery ZA

The Erdmann Contemporary Gallery ZA opened in 2001 through the initiative of Heidi Erdmann. The gallery principally displays South African photography and visual modern art. Here you will find the works of notable South African artists including Gunter Elisabeth, Batiss Walter, Bailey Beezy and many more.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 2 pm.

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cape Town, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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