Gallery hopping in Stellenbosch

As someone who is extremely passionate about all things art, nothing makes me happier than popping into galleries. There is something so alluring about experiencing the artist’s raw expression, and trying to figure out the meaning behind their visual representation.

Lucky for me, I happen to live in the scenic town of Stellenbosch, a creative hub in its own right with a wealth of galleries adorning its streets. So I decided to stroll through the streets of Stellenbosch to scout out the local talent. Showcasing a diverse range of subject matter and all conquered in equally diverse styles, the Stellenbosch art scene offers something for everyone.

So to all the art lovers out there, here are a few noteworthy stops to remember when planning your next gallery hopping mission.

Dorp Street is a good starting point:

Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery

31 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Feeling nostalgic about bygone times? Greeting you with grace as you turn onto Dorp Street, the Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery is situated in the historic Liberta Pavia Dutch Style mansions and will take you on a trip down memory lane. A place to immerse yourself in wonderment of art that played such a crucial role in shaping the South African art landscape, you can feast your eyes on world-renowned artworks created by the likes of Irma Stern, Anton Van Wouw and Pierneef.

For more, visit their Facebook page.

Gus Gallery

Cnr. Bird and, Dorp St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Now, if you want to ponder a concept or get your brain ticking, the Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch is about sharing and inspiring knowledge, ideas, creativity and engaging in dialogues with the public. As a curated space to showcase the Stellenbosch University’s talented contemporary art students, you can expect immense creativity and experience pieces that are more conceptual in nature. I admire the raw nature of these artworks, which emulate something so relatable and real.

 

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For more, visit gus.gallery.co.za

Die Dorpstraat Gallery

Oude Bank, 10 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

Looking for the VIPs of the local art scene? A well-established platform, Die Dorpstraat Gallery, exhibits both solo and collections of contemporary South African artists – the cream of the crop of course. A great space to familiarize yourself with prevailing trains of thought in the art world, you can expect to see unique pieces portrayed in a variety of mediums.

 

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For more, visit dsg.withtank.com

Moving towards Church street; the beating heart of the Stellenbosch

SMAC Gallery

1st Floor, De Wet Centre, 2 Church Street, Stellenbosch

Showcasing emerging and rising stars as well as established artists of South Africa, SMAC aims to create a space that initiates an inter-perspective response from viewers, with artworks often centred around South African art history and topical international dialogues.

For more, visit smacgallery.com

Palette Art Gallery

41 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Nestled amongst oak trees in the tourist haven of Stellenbosch, Palette Art Gallery opens its doors to both newbies and avid art collectors alike. This carefully curated selection of creative artworks will thrill you with a variety of different styles, mediums and subject matter.

 

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For more visit palettesculpturegallery.co.za

Gavin Collins Gallery

36 Church St, Stellenbosch Central

Set in a trendy and moody interior, this space amplifies the sheer size of Gavin Collins paintings. Portraying his sheer creativity and skill, the misty tones of grey draw you into their vast space, converging onto his effortlessly carefully executed wildlife scenes.

For more, visit gavincollins.co.za

Vincent da Silva

38 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Whilst you’re exploring Church Street, be sure to pop into Vincent da Silva’s gallery to admire his contemporary wildlife sculptures, where his modelled plaster pieces are delicately mounted to enhance their expressive nature and evoke a sense of movement.

 

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For more, visit vincentdasilva.co.za 

The Red Teapot Gallery

8 Church St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, 7600

Welcoming you with brilliant shades of colour, The Red Teapot has just what you need to add a touch of whimsy to your day. At this studio, designed to display the work of local art celebrity Portchie himself, you can also find exquisite paintings, sculptures, jewellery, handmade objets d’art and designer cushions, all sourced from local artists and craftsmen from in and around Stellenbosch.

For more, visit portchie.com

Let’s round the corner onto Ryneveld Street

Absolute Art Gallery

19 Ryneveld Street, 1st floor gallery, Stellenbosch

Another gallery to tick off your bucket list, Absolute Art Gallery displays a wealth of esteemed South Africa master and prominent contemporary artists.

Their recent exhibition, Between Figuration and Abstraction Art Exhibition, features artists Bastiaan Van Stenis, Adele Van Heerden, Leandri Erlank, Ronald Muchatuta, Marguerite Roux, Colijn Strydom, Paul Marais, Kimati Mafafo and Corne Theron, and presents an interesting and very relevant concept. The collection revolves around the revival of figure art in the digital age where the representation of the physical body (be it painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking) is incorporated with different aspects of the digital space.

Revolving around the concept of digital space – a space where virtual reality, online personas and digital media take centre stage – these artworks are social commentary on the disconnect between a culture obsessed with their devices and their physical reality.

For more, visit absoluteartgallery.co.za 

A quick turn onto Plain Street

Johan Coetzee Gallery

71 Plein St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

A go-to spot for art lovers, Johan Coetzee Gallery specialises in showcasing original paintings by South African masters and other well-known South African artists. You will also be able to find beautiful bronze sculptural pieces by Llewellyn Davis himself, along with exquisite pottery by Hennie Meyer, Charmaine Haines and Tania Babb, as well as wooden and ceramic birds by FEATHERS of Knysna.

For more, visit coetzeeartgalleries.co.za

Why not stop off on Andringa Street

Art On 5

7b Andringa St, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

Run by three local artists: Maryna De Witt, Pera Schillings and Karen Kieviet, Art on 5 is an eclectic space where an explosive expression of vibrant colour and life beckons you right in.
Within this haven of beautiful ceramics and paintings, you can find a range of subject matter from huge exotic flowers to realistic still lifes and local landscapes to African portraits.

For more, contact 021 887 7234

Have you visited any of these above mentioned galleries? Feel free to share you experience in the comment section below.

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