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AA Cape Town art tour will take you through some of the city's finest historic art institutions and some of the trendiest, edgiest, art and design studios. From Kloof Street to Khayelitsha, you'll find artists and galleries that express the multiple identities that make-up cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Whether you book a Cape Town art tour with a company, use public transport or drive yourself, there are plenty of options for an art-inspired tour of the city.
TThe South African National Gallery at the heart of the Company's Gardens is a fitting place to begin exploring Cape Town's art galleries. It has over 1 000 works in its collection and hosts a dynamic programme of high-quality exhibitions.
Touring Cape Town’s art galleries
JJust a short walk away, the Old Town House is home to the Michaelis Art Collection, with its renowned selection of Dutch art from the 17th century. Also in the city centre, the Castle of Good Hope is home to the William Fehr Art Collection, an important visual representation of a particular time in the city's history. Historic Groote Schuur houses the Cecil John Rhodes Art Collection.
Moving out to the suburbs of Woodstock and Salt River, expect to find the city's trendiest design and art collectives in what is Cape Town's newest art precinct. Initiatives like the WhatiftheWorld Gallery, the Stevenson Gallery and the Goodman Gallery are great examples of Cape Town’s innovative art scene.
AAlso visit the V&A Waterfront, where galleries like Everard Read represent a number of top local artists. The Montebello Design Centre in Newlands is home to David Krut Projects and the Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank is another art gallery that is rewarding to visit.
Other places of interest include several private collections, which are not generally open to the public. In Kloof Road, Ellerman House has works by Maggie Loubser, Irma Stern and William Kentridge. In the suburb of St James you can visit another impressive collection of South African art at Rodwell House. Nearby Kalk Bay is home to dozens of small art galleries, shops and studios.
Round off your art tour with a visit to art hot spots in Khayelitsha, where Cape Town's vibrant township art scene adds yet another dimension to the city's artistic landscape.
Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.
The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.
With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.
Plaatje, who was offered the leadership of the SANNC in 1917 and turned it down, spent much of his time travelling to London and the United States in his quest to raise awareness of the racial injustices in the land of his birth.