An overview of the best art galleries in Cape Town and the Surrounds
Not only is Cape Town a cultural hub, but the city is buzzing with artistic activity. Cape Town’s exhibitions of contemporary and fine art as well as bespoke furniture showcase the best of established and new talents. So, where are the venues that have got art lovers talking?
Art galleries in Central Cape Town
Iziko South African National Gallery
It houses an outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The regular changes to the permanent collection enables the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. Look out for ‘The Butcher Boys’, a sculpture by Jane Alexander.
Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm.
Address: Government Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3970
The Cape Gallery
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, this gallery seeks to expose art that expresses a love of the African continent. The emergence of a vibrant street art scene has added an essentially African character to the work on display.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
Address: 60 Church Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 5309
Specialising in the background mechanics of managing and marketing artists and their art, this gallery leaves artists free to exercise their creativity. They also specialise in media exposure, sourcing and selling art as well as shipping worldwide. Discover the Worldart Gallery.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 10am - 1pm.
Address: 54 Church Street | City Bowl | +27 (0)21 423 3075
The Association for Visual Arts – in partnership with Spier - is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries and promotes advancement of visual art and artists, with particular emphasis on the Western Cape. Exhibitions change every four weeks and, as the gallery space is divided into sections, four exhibitions can be held simultaneously.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 1pm.
Address: 35 Church Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7436
This gallery was launched to promote contemporary comic art and represent a select group of painters, sculptors and conceptual artists. It has also launched Collect Photography, which promotes affordable photography by local and international talents.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 11am - 1pm.
Address: 63 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2762
This space has manifested itself as one of the leading contemporary South African art galleries, and was established with the intention of creating an institution that serves as both a visual and cultural indicator for collectors, as well as a forum for contemporary artists to exhibit their work.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
Address: 71 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5150
Joao Ferreira Gallery
Established in 1998, this gallery is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary visual artists. Their exhibitions showcase some of South Africa’s best visual artists.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Address: 80 Hout Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 2136
Located in the heart of down town, G2 Art represents the cream of contemporary artists, with an exciting range of contemporary, local art. A range of ever popular old Cape Town prints and photographs are available to order, as well as frames.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm, by appointment.
Address: 61 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7169
Everard Read Gallery Cape Town
The interior of this gallery is designed to maximise the exposure of fine contemporary painting and sculpture, and takes particular pride in discovering and sustaining a growing stable of local artists. The gallery is also available as a venue for exclusive events and can accommodate 100 to 120 people standing or 80 seated.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm, Saturday: 9am - 1pm, closed on Sunday and public holidays except by appointment.
Address: 3 Portswood Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 418 4527
Art galleries in Atlantic Seaboard
Dealers in fine art, Carmel Art are the exclusive distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. They also stock a wide range of works by South African artists in a variety of mediums.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm, Saturday: 9am - 4pm, Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 2pm.
Address: 1st floor | Cape Quarter Square | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 421 3333
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Art galleries in Woodstock & Observatory
The Lovell Art Gallery
The Lovell Gallery focuses on helping art lovers become collectors. Specialising in fresh, quality, fine art by up and coming artists, this gallery makes contemporary fine art available to collectors while it is still affordable.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
Address: 139 Albert Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)84 627 2951
Featuring fine art by leading South African artists, the walls exhibit an ever-changing parade of local works in various media. This is complemented by a selection of works by international artists.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday: 10:30am – 1:30pm.
Address: 2nd Floor | The Hills Building | Buchanan Square | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 461 1863
This is a contemporary art gallery, which focuses on giving South African artists access to the rest of the world and has regularly debuted the work of international artists in South Africa.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm.
Address: Buchanan Building | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 1500
This independent, artist-run exhibition space showcases new developments in contemporary South African art and is not afraid to be experimental. In partnership with Pro Helvetia, the gallery also hosts residencies for visiting Swiss artists.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am - 4pm, Saturday: 10:30am - 1pm.
Address: 113 - 115 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)72 198 9221
The Goodman Gallery Cape Town
The Goodman Gallery encourages and promotes contemporary South African art, focusing on artists from South Africa, the greater African continent, and other countries that engage in a dialogue with the African context. The gallery has major spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has also opened Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts on Main in the Johannesburg CBD.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday: 10am - 4pm.
Address: 3rd Floor | Fairweather House | 176 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 7573
This fast-rising young gallery has become a destination point for curators and collectors to experience innovative work. By giving voice to new talents, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue and critical debates within the contemporary art community.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm, by appointment.
Address: First floor | 208 Albert Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 448 1438
Greatmore Studios brings people from diverse cultural backgrounds together in a working environment. The residency program encourages new ideas, creativity and productivity, while the outreach program raises awareness of the visual arts in the wider community.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 5pm.
Address: 47-49 Greatmore Street | Woodstock | 021 447 9699
Art galleries in the Southern Suburbs
The Barnard Gallery
Located in the heart of Newlands Village, this gallery aims to bring fine art to the southern suburbs of Cape Town. It showcases high end fine art from established local and international artists.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm.
Address: 55 Main Road | Newlands | +27 (0)21 671 1666
David Krut Projects Cape Town
Situated at the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, David Krut Projects Cape Town is dedicated to promoting contemporary art in a dynamic and collaborative environment. The gallery showcases prints by leading and emerging South African artists and exhibits work in a variety of mediums.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm.
Address: Montebello Design Centre | 31 Newlands Avenue | Newlands | +27 (0)21 685 0676
Gill Allderman Gallery
Dedicated to promoting some of South Africa's valuable talent in an unpretentious, welcoming environment, visitors could see artists at work or stumble across a life drawing session while viewing artworks on exhibition.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 2pm, view by appointment.
Address: Concorde House | Corner of Main and Summerley Roads | Kenilworth | +27 (0)83 556 2540
Art galleries in the Cape Peninsula
Casa Labia Cultural Centre
The former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labie, this much-loved national monument is home to a contemporary South African art gallery, an uber-stylish Africanova boutique and a celebrated Italian café.
Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm.
Address: 192 Main Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 6068
Rose Korber Art
In a unique gallery attached to Rose Korber’s home in Camps Bay, clients can view an extensive selection of quality paintings, mixed media works, limited-edition original prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, Rorkesdrift tapestries and contemporary beadwork.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: by appointment only.
Address: 48 Sedgemoor Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 438 9152
Kalk Bay Modern
This enigmatic gallery houses an eclectic mix of South African, contemporary modern art, along with quality crafts from developing community groups. Kalk Bay Modern is also a window for local artists and crafters, and actively aims to promote South African designers and the use of recycled materials.
Opening times: Monday - Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm.
Address: 1st floor | Olympia Buildings | 136 Main Road | Kalk Bay | +27 (0)21 788 6793
Cedar Tree Gallery
The gallery showcases private viewings of contemporary fine art. Also on display are modern gems and jewellery, precious metals and ingots as well as original African artwork and beadwork.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: Call to arrange viewing.
Address: Rodwell House | Rodwell Road | St James | +27 (0)21 787 9880
This venue showcases a wealth of talented artists whose works are affordable and of high quality; the art is available in a mix of mediums with options to suit all budgets. MM Galleries also offers an online viewing and shopping experience.
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 9am – 4:30pm, Saturday: 10am - 2pm, last Sunday of the month: 10am - 2pm.
Address: Shop 3 | 31 Palmer Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 8370
Art galleries in the Northern Suburbs
Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery and Clay Museum
Built in 1840, Rust-en-Vrede is a national monument and is now home to a gallery, a clay museum and art studios. The three exhibition spaces are divided into a main gallery, referred to as Salon A and Salon B. Salon C is the entrance room and is used for small solo or group exhibitions.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 9am - 1pm.
Address: 10 Wellington Road | Durbanville | +27 (0)21 976 4691
The Arts Association of Bellville is the Western Cape branch of the South African National Association of Visual Art. Innovative, community-orientated and supportive of emerging artists from all cultural backgrounds, Art b creates a platform and showcases visual art to raise public awareness of art.
Opening times: Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm, security will open up for visitors after 4pm.
Address: The Library Centre | Carel van Aswegen Street | Bellville | +27 (0)21 918 2301
Absolut Art Gallery
Providing value for money, the Absolut Art Gallery offers an extensive range of original, unique and superior quality art by well-known and upcoming artists. You’ll find impressionistic, expressionistic, abstract, contemporary and decorative art.
Opening times: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6pm, Sunday: 9am - 5pm.
Address: Shop 43 | Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre | Carl Cronje Drive | Bellville | +27 (0)21 914 2846
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