Arts and Humanities

G2 Art

G2 Art This chic side street gallery, under the eye of Di Smith, encompasses a range of commercial offerings covering all media. The permanent showroom highlights the whimsical oil-paint illustrations of Roelie van Heerden, large-scale abstracts by Jenny Merritt, the photography of Grada Djeri and Anthony Gadd's figure studies. The adjacent exhibition space features a miscellany...

Focus Contemporary

Facas has moved premises to the Loop Street art strip in town, and now boasts a cosier two-roomed outfit. Under the curation of co-director Gernot Achleitner, recent exhibitions have included a collection of dramatic celluloid-star pics by lauded theatre photographer Simon Annand, playful-with-a-bite pop collages by Karin Miller Christiaan Die-dericks's unsettling etches...

Erdmann Contemporary and the Photographer's Gallery ZA

This Shortmarket Street stalwart, owned by Heidi Erdmann, is reserved for cutting-edge creations by local photographers and fine artists alike. Regularly contributing photographers include Obie Oberholzer, Lien Botha and Melanie Cleary whilst Karlien de Villiers, Leonora van Staden and Conrad Botes have supplied much of the art. Hours: 10.00am-5.00pm Mon-Fri; 11.00am-1....

The Cape Gallery at Cape Town

The Cape Gallery at Cape Town Filled to capacity with a range of easy-on-the-eye ceramics, sculptures and paintings, this double-storey space is owned by Gail Dorje, Expect works such as Thami Kitty's stringless wooden puppets and Barry Jackson's bronze wildlife sculptures, while the walls are awash with Makiwa Mutomba's impasto colour bursts, Peter Grey's tranquil photo-realist capturings and Judy...

Atlantic Art Gallery

Veteran collector Riva Cohen has been in the business since the 60s. Her four-roomed display space is brimming with art, the spillover at some places standing ten canvasses deep against the walls. Prominent names like John Kramer, Henk Serfontein, Robert Slingsby and Willie Bester feature around every turn. Hours: 10.00am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-100pm Sat. No: Credit Cards...

Association for the Visual Arts

Association for the Visual Arts Away from the bustle of the Church Street Antiques market, AVA offers a platform for stars on the rise and those already shining on the local art circuit. The Creative Block project, for example, gives both emerging and established artists the chance to make their mark on 18xl8cm wooden blocks, which are then displayed together and sold for a song. Hours: 10am-5.00pm Mon-...

The Old Town House & Michaelis Collection

The Old Town House & Michaelis Collection Nine stone steps take you out of Greenmarket Square's frenetic buzz into a tranquil, Cape rococo-style abode. The interior is appropriately ornate, sporting luxurious wood-panelled walls and sparkling chandeliers, and houses the coveted Michaelis collection of art by 17th-century Dutch masters Rembrandt, Hals and Van Dyck. Hours:10.00am-5.00pm Mon-Sat. Admission: Free,...

Michaelis Gallery

Situated on the University of Cape Town's Hiddingh Campus, this diminutive exhibition space forms part of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, which was founded in 1925. The experimental gallery not only serves as a blank canvas for the department's budding fine artists (the annual fourth-year final expo and ensuing party is a sure-fire draw card), but has also showcased...

Iziko South African National Gallery

Iziko South African National Gallery Wandering through the imposing halls of this gallery is an ideal way to while away a Saturday afternoon. The permanent exhibition boasts everything from dramatic chiaroscuros by Dutch masters and pre-Raphaelite portraits to audio-visual works by renowned SA artists. Previous temporary exhibitions have been dedicated to the likes of Nicolas Hlobo, William Kentridge, and...

South African Slave Church Museum

Walk a tad too fast and you might completely miss this inner-city place of worship. It's the oldest South African slave church building and was completed in 1804 under the auspices of the South African Missionary Society. The tiny interior boasts long teak balconies, intricately carved oak pews and an organ with beautifully decorated pipes. Those with an interest in...

South African Jewish Museum

South African Jewish Museum It takes at least a day to absorb the sheer magnitude of this exquisitely curated museum, which traces the history of South Africa's Jewish community. The journey starts in the Old Synagogue (circa 1863, the first in the country), which is connected to the rest of the museum with a walkway representing the gangplank walked by the first Lithuanian immigrants in the early...

Koopmans de Wet House

Koopmans de Wet House Wedged between skyscrapers in the cacophony of Strand Street, this elegant structure is South Africa’s old est house museum and shows you what life was like if you were well to do in the 18th century. The collection of gleaming silverware and Cape furniture studded through the house belonged to its last owner, a well-read, wealthy socialite called Marie Koopmans-De Wet, a...

Iziko South African Museum

Iziko South African Museum The Iziko South African Museum holds a certain old-school charm that its more technologically advanced counterparts don't. The array of stuffed animals is vast - from a duck-billed platypus to extinct killer sharks. Dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy the African Dinosaurs exhibition featuring fossils dating back 250 million years. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: R15 adults...

Iziko Slave Lodge Museum

This building stands a shame-faced shrine to the VOC’s horrific slave trade legacy. Between 1679 and 1811 the structure confined over 9000 slaves imported from regions around the Indian Ocean, whose only access to fresh air was given through paltry ventilation slats built into the walls. The permanent exhibitions tell the stories of the inhumanities the faceless masses...

Gold of Africa Museum

Gold of Africa Museum The permanent 300-piecc Bar-bier Mueller collection of 19th- and 20th-century gold is a trove of artefacts from West Africa's erstwhile gold empires. History buffs curious about the stories lying beneath the shiny surface can investigate the timeline detailing the journey of the precious metal from the limes of King Tut to present day. They also offer jewellery courses if...