The BAT Centre in Durban promotes local artists by giving them studio space and encouraging them to sell their art and crafts 'in situ'. This makes the BAT Centre so much more than just a market – although you will pick up great African souvenirs to take home with you!

Did you know?

The BAT centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the music, visual arts, dance, craft and literature of KwaZulu-Natal?

The harbour-side Bartel Arts Trust Centre, more commonly known as the BAT Centre, is an arts and crafts centre located along the Durban embankment. This is a unique environment where artists and crafters work on site in studios and sell high-quality decorative items to local and international visitors.

The BAT Centre’s mission is to celebrate the arts and culture of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa by promoting local talent and skills.

From humble beginnings in 1995, this Durban art centre has earned a reputation as a must-stop spot to pick up a wide range of high quality, original artworks. With the added interest of being able to interact with the artists who work at the centre, visitors are able to see how each item is made and contribute to a sustainable art industry in this vibrant seaside city.

The centre's impressive exhibition space shows off the large collection of artworks on sale. Visitors are urged to browse thought the exhibition space as well as the studio and watch the artists in action while selecting a unique memento of their trip to South Africa.

This craft centre in Durban runs as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the music, visual arts, dance, craft and literature of KwaZulu-Natal. As well as the two floors of studio space, you can also visit the centre's quayside tenants, like the Nguni Village, an art outlet showcasing the latest work of various local artists.

The centre also has a threatre, where dance and stage performances are regularly held. You can also enjoy a meal at the Zansi Restaurant which overlooks the harbour and pay a visit to the centre's shop. Don't miss a beat by including the Drum Shop, which sells many different types of drums and African marimbas (xylophones).

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

The Bat Centre
Tel: +27 (0)31 332 0451
Fax: +27 (0)31 332 2213

How to get here

The BAT Centre is located along Victoria Embankment near the yacht mall.

Around the area

Nearby is the Maritime Museum, which details the history of the harbour and houses a restored tugboat and other interesting exhibits.

What will it cost

Entry is free.

Length of stay

You will happily spend a few hours at the BAT Centre, browsing and interacting with local artists.

Where to stay

Durban offers a wide range of accommodation in all prices ranges, from backpackers to luxury hotels. For more information visit or

What to eat

The Zansi restaurant at the BAT Centre is known for its delicious local cuisine.

What's happening

The BAT Centre is home to a vibrant community of performers as well as artists and includes a theatre and dance company.

Best buys

The centre is well-known for its unique and high-quality wood cuts.

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