Arts and Humanities

BOOK - 'Scatterlings- A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales'

BOOK - 'Scatterlings- A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales' - " I never in my wildest dreams thought that I’d be writing this book. Of course part of me wishes I never had to, while half of me is glad that I am..." A book in the making with a selection of Afri-Expats Tales added to my book - so as to create a rich, vibrant and colourful tapestry.... Eve Hemming - freelance writer and psychologist.... the book explores the...

38 Special

While the food here is mainly classic lunchtime fare, people also flock here for the ambience at this cafe-cum-art gallery. Sink into a comfy armchair and enjoy your coffee, sarmie, wrap or salad while surveying the eclectic mix of local artwork hanging on the rough exposed stone walls - the original walls of a heritage building dating back to 1770. Hours: Sun-4.00pm Mon-...

Clarke's Bookshop

Clarke's Bookshop A bastion of political, art and current affairs information, books and catalogues, this Long Street shop is both library and retail set-up, with owner Henrietta Dax and her enthusiastic team pointing visitors in the right direction. Wander upstairs and ask to see the Africans collectibles. Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Mon-Fri; 9.00am-1.00pm Sat.

The Book Lounge

The Book Lounge Book lovers and literati agree: this underground- though -accessible bookstore is deserving of all its accolades. From the period building exterior to the wood-clad interiors and downstairs lounge complete with coffee machine, comfy chairs and an owner and staff complement who're madly, gladly in love with books, this one is a winner. A great stop for South African...

Little Theatre & Arena Theatre

Little Theatre & Arena Theatre Part of the University of Cape Town's Department of Drama — these two campus performance spaces offer a mix of student and professional works. The Little Theatre has seating for 240 while the smaller Arena Theatre is an experimental space with 70 seats. Hours: Box office 9.00am-4.30pm Mon-Fri. No-Credit Cards are accepted.

Intimate Theatre

Housed on the campus of the University of Cape Town's Drama department, this petite spot was originally a student working space but nowadays it plies a host of professional productions. The Intimate was created in 2002 by theatre makers Christopher Weare and Patrick Curtis - their vision was to create a theatre that would afford professionals room to experiment, something...

The Fugard

The Fugard The Fugard is a relative newcomer, but has become one of the Mother City's top theatre spots since opening in 2009. Named after internationally renowned South African playwright Athol Fugard, the theatre provides a home for the award-winning Isango Portobello Theatre Company. The theatre's first year saw works like the world premier of Fugard’s play, The Train Driver, and...

Artscape Theatre Centre

Artscape Theatre Centre This imposing grey edifice might not be the prettiest building around, but it's played host to some impressive productions over the years. Situated in the heart of Cape Town's financial district, the city's premier theatre venue has been around since 1971. Behind the revolving glass doors lie a regal opera house, a 540-seater theatre and a tiny arena for more intimate...

Misael SA Art and Design

In 2009 Misaels opened in an historic building in Cape Town. The result of a collaboration between Italian architect Arrigo Cora and South African architect Y Tsai, the contemporary chic interior is a cool white space that focuses the senses. Experience once-off art, design, fashion, ceramics, accessories, furniture, and photography along with a quick drink. It is a...

YoungBlackman

Created by artist Ed Young and Matthew Black man, this project room facilitates dialogue between the artist and the visitor. Kendall Geers's most recent show, entitled 1993, perhaps best encapsulates the ethos of this space. In short, Geers lobbed a couple of bricks through the entrance window, thus commenting on his 1993 work Title Withheld (Brick). And that was it. The...

Worldart

Worldart Charl Bezuidenhout owns curates and runs this stamp-sized nook in Church Street. Since its inception in 2004, the gallery has become associated with a small stable of respected SA artists of the pop persuasion, including international best-sellers Gavin Rain and Richard Scott, as well as Alex Hamilton, Michael Taylor and Ayanda Mabulu. Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-1pm...

Wessel Snyman Creative

In a quiet section of Bree Street is Snyman's ubercool corner gallery. Now opening nights see the city's scenesters spilling onto the pavement as the (often controversial) work of just-graduated unknowns are put in the limelight Perhaps the most ambitious show to date was the aptly titled Smorgasbord, where Snyman utilised every square centimetre of the space to its...

Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery

Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery This grown-up gallery is heaven for art investors, and houses a treasure chest of paintings, prints and sculptures by South African masters, as well as a smaller collection of contemporary work. Iconic local modernist artists on the inventory include Pierneef, Boonzaaier, Stern, Laubser, Sekoto and Battiss, whilst present-day names include Philip Barlow and Marlene von...

Joao Ferreira

This tiny exhibition space has been adorned by the works of prominent local and international artists, including Araminta de Clermont's arresting Matric farewell pics, Louise binder's nostalgic oil paintings, Warren Edition's invest-worthy prints and Jessica Hilltout's photography depicting African-style soccer. Hours: 10am-5.00pm Tue-Fri; 10am-2pm Sat.

iArt

The cavernous main section of this sophisticated locale is chiefly dedicated to the display of large works, with Matthew Hindley's full-length portraits, Zwelethu Mthetwa's blown-up pics of Mozambique, Paula Louw's found-object collages and Jan van der Merwe's rusted sheet-metal 'paper' jets all having vied for attention at one time or another. Photorealist works by...