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‘Art and About’ in Stellenbosch

December 19, 2014

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Somerset West is quite an ‘arty’ town with several small galleries dotted about including my own, the Penny Lane Gallery, at Penny Lane Lodge. Just a little further afield is the delightful university town of Stellenbosch which is a comfortable 25 minutes’ drive away up the R44.

Stellenbosch is well worth a visit on a number of levels and there is lots to see. If you’re interested in art it’s an ideal place to visit.

For a day of art and culture we recommend the following:

Stellenbosch Art Tour
This newly launched self-guided tour provides art lovers a chance to explore the art highlights of the town on foot. Featuring eleven creative hotspots, including galleries and shops, you can explore some beautiful artwork. Key locations include the D-Street Gallery, SMAC Art Gallery and the Rupert Museum – more on these favourites below.

The beauty of the tour is that since it’s self-guided, you can take the time needed to view and appreciate whichever of the hot spots take your fancy. You can even test out your own artistic ability as there is a chalk-drawing opportunity. Detailed information about the stopping points is in the 2015 Stellenbosch Tourism brochure, which is available at the tourism office. Stellenbosch Tourism Office | 36 Market Street | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 883 3584

 

SOME GALLERIES IN STELLENBOSCH

D Street

D-Street Gallery
Embodying the idea of ‘old meets new’, the D-Street Gallery, located in one of Stellenbosch’s historic buildings, houses South African contemporary art by emerging and established artists. The style of the gallery can be fit into the ‘avant-garde’ stream, and some have even described the ambience of the gallery as “energetic”, “different” and “compelling”. The intimate space creates a great setting for art-lovers to appreciate works from diverse artists. Exhibitions take place throughout the year (and change regularly).
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm; Saturday: 10am – 1pm 112 Dorp Street | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0) 21 883 2337

 

SMAC

SMAC Art Gallery
The eclectic yet classic style of the SMAC Art Gallery on Church Street make this exhibition space unique. Mixing South African and international art, SMAC aims to create and encourage dialogue between artists and the community. The minimalist design of the SMAC gallery was inspired by the need to create a simplistic space that will give art the platform to do its own talking, and the simplicity of the gallery helps the art either blend in or stand out. What’s more, SMAC has taken things to a whole new level by relocating its sister gallery in Cape Town to the trendy Woodstock area, and the two galleries complement one another as the one in Stellenbosch is more of a classic feel, while the Cape Town gallery is more of the ‘experimental’ counterpart.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm; Saturday: 9am – 3pm 1st Floor De Wet Centre | Church Street | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 887 3607

 

rupert museum

Rupert Museum
Pablo Picasso once said “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” and it seems that Anton Rupert’s wife, Huberte, understood this well. So much so in fact, that she wanted to share this revelation with the rest of the world. The Rupert Museum, which is her effort to do so, is billed as the premier collection of contemporary South African art from 1940 to 1970. The Cape Dutch-style house provides a home to over 350 works, including South Africa’s biggest Irma Stern collection and a number of beautiful sculptures, paintings and tapestries. While the gallery does hold some international works, its primary focus is to fly the South African flag high with works from artists such as Alexis Preller, JH Pierneef, Penny Siopis, Willem Strydom and more.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 4pm; Saturday: 10am – 1pm Stellentia Avenue | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0) 21 888 3344

 

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