Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Did you know?Circa on Jellicoe is Everard Read's free-standing sister gallery.
As one of the oldest and most famous commercial art galleries in South Africa, Everard Read is a gallery that’s as popular with staunch art connoisseurs as it is with people who have a more general appreciation for creative expression.
The gallery opened its doors for the first time in 1912 in Johannesburg when the city was just a dusty mining town. Since then, Everard Read has maintained its position at the forefront of the country’s art scene. For over a century now, the gallery has been displaying and selling works of art by South Africa's top artists.
Initially located in downtown Johannesburg, the Everard Read gallery relocated to Rosebank in 1980, where it now forms part of a vibrant and diverse cultural precinct. In recent years owner Mark Read has expanded onto the adjacent property, developing the spin-off gallery Circa on Jellicoe, an eye-catching landmark that is a tribute to the dynamic city it calls home. A Cape Town branch of the gallery has also been opened and has quickly developed into one of the main commercial art venues in the Mother city.
For anyone who wants to get to grips with contemporary South African art and possibly purchase some of the works, a visit to Everard Read is a great place to start. The gallery exhibits paintings and sculptures by many well-established South African artists, including greats like Jacob Hendrik Pierneef and Irma Stern. Visitors who are on the lookout for the ‘next big thing’ can browse the work of emerging artists like Sipho Ndlovu and Beezy Bailey. The gallery also represents a few international artists.
While the gallery building is perhaps not as spectacular as its sister gallery Circa on Jellicoe, the Everard Read building remains an impressive example of post-modern Johannesburg architecture. The administrative centre is located in a classic house dating from the 1920s and the rest of the building wraps around it, allowing for four exhibition areas, a courtyard full of sculptures and a garden.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel +27 (0)11 788 4805
Best time to visit
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Around the area
Visit Everard Read's sister gallery, Circa on Jellicoe, and some of the other galleries on Johannesburg's Art Strip, like The Goodman Gallery, Warren Siebrit’s Contemporary Art Gallery and David Krut Projects.
What will it cost
Entry to the gallery is free.
Visit the gallery's website for updates on current and future exhibitions.