The local arts that can be found and enjoyed in Cape Town and surrounds are absolutely inspiring. It’s as if the amazing beauty of this region seeps into the psyche of the people that call it home and stir up the embers of creation.
If you’ve been on the lookout for places to enjoy some exceptional local arts, we’ve got you sorted. Here’s a list of must-see destinations and spaces that celebrate SA’s most talented artists:
1. The Jazz Club at Hazendal
At Hazendal, we take great pride in supporting local musicians. One platform we use to do so is our Jazz Club. This highly anticipated monthly event takes place at our Avant-Garde venue. Guests can sit down to a delightful evening of contemporary cuisine and the fine wines of Hazendal, accompanied by some of South Africa’s leading jazz talent.
Tickets to the Hazendal Jazz Club cost R550 per person, which includes a 3-course dinner set menu and gratuity.
2. Zeitz MOCAA
Cape Town is home to a truly trailblazing art museum – the inimitable Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. The doors to this unprecedented cultural assembly point opened in September 2017. Since then it has been making headlines around the globe, as visitors flock there to appreciate 21st-century art from Africa and the Diaspora.
Before the Zeitz MOCAA, no museum was curated with the express purpose of highlighting modern African art. It is an eye-opening experience on many levels. Here, the mission is to secure crucial art and artifacts from the African continent, and ensure that it stays on the continent, so it may empower the voices of the youth and engender a sense of artistic pride among the makers in the wider community.
3. Marvol Gallery
Marvol Gallery is the hub of Russian arts and culture in the Winelands. This unique space, situated in the original homestead on Hazendal, showcases an ever-changing roster of exhibitions.
Depending on when you visit, this might include Russian icons and artefacts. The works of contemporary local and Russian artists. Or even a Fabergé piece or two from Dr Mark Voloshin’s private collection...
The gallery is also home to the unique Russian Room with a library of Russo-African literature and a permanent display highlighting the historical friendship between the two countries, and the important contributions made by Russians in South Africa’s history.
4. Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden near Stellenbosch provides art lovers with the ideal way to view the amazing works of local artist Dylan Lewis, who is widely recognised as Africa’s most renowned living figurative sculptor.
This exquisite garden is home to 60+ sculptures that take the viewer along on a journey of Lewis’s artistic development and can be explored by walking along 4km of purpose-built pathways on Mulberry Farm along Paradyskloof Road.
VERY IMPORTANT: Visits to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden are by appointment only. To schedule a visit, email email@example.com.
5. Hazendal Landscape Sculptures
Speaking of sculptures, Hazendal estate also happens to have a collection of its own. A wander around the Hazendal Estate reveals an enviable collection of public artwork, much of it a subtle celebration of the estate’s long history. This includes striking works by acclaimed sculptor Guy du Toit, artist Strijdom van der Merwe, sculptor Angus Taylor, and more, which tells the story of Hazendal through the ages.
TOP TIP: Complete your artistic exploration of Hazendal by taking a tour of the historic Homestead. This sensitively restored Cape Dutch building has been decorated with a collection of antique furnishings and artwork from the era in which it was first constructed, which makes for a fascinating trip down the Cape Colony’s collective memory lane.
6. South African National Gallery Iziko Museum
Open Mondays to Sundays from 09h30 - 15h30, the South African National Gallery is one of the Mother City's premier public art museums. It houses a vast and critically engaging collection of historical, modern, and contemporary South African, African, and international artworks that provide unmissable insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent, and further afield.
TOP TIP: The National Gallery is located in the Company Gardens, just across the way from the South African Museum and Planetarium. So, if you wanted to do a bumper day of cultural and scientific exploration in the Cape Town CBD, this makes for a great trifecta.
There you have it - a few amazing spaces to enjoy local arts and crafts in and around Cape Town.
If you would like to know more about events at Hazendal, keep an eye on our What’s On page, or get in touch with your team on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27(0)21 903 5034 to find out what’s coming up. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!