Arts and Humanities

The Bo-Kaap Museum

The Bo-Kaap Museum Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, the Bo-Kaap was initially named Waalendorp after Jan de Waal, the man who spearheaded the development of the area in the 1760s. Later it became known as the Malay quarter or Slamse buurt, after its predominantly Muslim population, of which many were former slaves and exiles from India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Set in the only...

Bertram House

Bertram House Recently reopened after a stint of renovation, this Georgian townhouse located inside Hiddingh Campus is decorated in the style of a gracious 1830s English home, with furniture and art bequeathed by Winifred Ann Lidderdale. The house is named after the wife of architect John Barker, Ann Bertram Findlay, and was completed in 1839. Bertram house is the only remaining...

Scarlett Gallery

Scarlett Gallery Owned and curated by Mike Donkin, Scarlett is a hub of colourful, contemporary pieces by both up-and-coming brush-wielders, and established artistes like David Kuijers and Anton Momberg. There’re also some exquisite Ghanian beadwork and baskets and antique Cape furniture on display. Hours: Daily 10.00am-4.00pm

Smac Art Gallery

You could easily while away a whole day at this gleaming, multi-levelled commercial gallery that’s showcased the works of influential modernists like Johann Louw and Fred Schimmel, and postmodern creations by the likes of Wayne Barker and Ed Young. The gallery also publishes an impressive collection of art books, so plonk yourself down at one of the window-side seats...

Village Museum

This museum offers a walk through 150 years of history of Stellenbosch village life. Four houses from different architectural periods (1709-1850) are decorated according to the décor fashion from the specific period and even their gardens are periodically correct. You’ll need a few hours to cover all on show and fortunately costumed guides are on hand to give a handy...

US Art Gallery

Housed in an erstwhile Lutheran church, this slick space is owned by the University of Stellenbosch and has served as a spring-board for many of its art faculty students. Postmodern, often controversial works take centre stage, with established local artists like Claudette Schreuders and Conrad Botes having featured here. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-1pm Sat. No credit...

Rupert Museum

Rupert Museum This cavernous, wonderfully curated gallery contains works from the enviable private collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert, and first made a name for itself with its awe-inspiring Rodin temporary exhibition. The central space houses a permanent collection comprised of paintings by local greats like Irma Stern and Maggie Laubser, as well as sculptures by Anton van Wouw,...

Die Dorpstraat Galery

Owned by Mike Donkin, who also heads up contemporary Greyton hotspot Scarlett, Dorpstraat Galery is a stalwart on Stellenbosch’s art circuit, and has been around since 1984. Modern South African works dominate, with a strong focus on painting, sculpture and ceramics. You’ll also find eye-catching jewellery creations. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-3pm Sat; 9am-1pm Sun (Nov-Apr...

Taal Monument

Taal Monument Yes, the spires on Paarl Mountain have inspired the odd irreverent joke, but the people that erected it in 1975 take this monument quite seriously, according to the ‘Dit is ons erns’ (‘this is what is seriously important to us’) plaque at its foot. Designed by architect Jan van Wijk, the three tapered pillars actually represent the roots of the Afrikaans language that...

Houtstreet Gallery

Houtstreet Gallery Primary-coloured abstract sculptures peek out from behind the garden shurbs of this imposing Edwardian building, ushering you into Paarl’s oldest commercial art gallery. Run by David and Gail Zetler, the lofty multi-roomed space has housed the work of local legends Gregoire Boonzaaier and Pieter van der Westhuizen, but also casts up-and-comers into the spotlight. Open 8...

Franschhoek Motor Museum

Franschhoek Motor Museum Petrolheads will drool with envy at this peek into the private car collection of industrial magnate Johann Rupert. Eighty of Rupert’s 200-car collection are on display at any one time, covering a century of motoring history and including legendary wheels like the first Model-T Ford to drive in South Africa, and a ridiculously expensive Ferrari Enzo. Open 10am-5pm Tue-...

Sandveld Museum

This tiny village museum offers a number of fascinating displays that depict early life in Lambert’s Bay – from traditional Khoi matjies huts, old kitchen utensils and farm implements, an old horse-mill (still completely intact), Voortrekker paraphernalia, an old church organ, and the town’s original telephone exchange. If you stay long enough, you might even catch up on...

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iSpy Cartoons by Steven Phillip Young

iSpy Cartoons by Steven Phillip Young iSpy is a collection of newspaper styled cartoon comic strips, designed by Steven Phillip Young, the initials of which spell out Spy. The idea of iSpy is to ellaborate and communicate the authors own experiences in the form of cartoons. The site features a gallery of high resolution images just as he drew them. In the gallery section you will find a portal to these...

Alan Committie

Alan Committie Welcome to the wacky world of Alan Committie - one of South Africa's leading stand-up comics, a character comedian, actor, writer, director, master of ceremonies, facilitator, entertainer and even more words like these!!! What more could you ask for in one man? From Cape Town to Johannesburg (and everywhere in between) this veritable One Man Committee of Comedy will blow...