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10 October2018

by Greg Cooke

We've selected eight of our favourite art galleries in Franschhoek.

Franschhoek, home of La Residence, is widely regarded as South Africa’s food and wine capital. But it is also home to some of the country’s finest art galleries and is swiftly establishing a name as one of South Africa’s premier cultural destinations. We’ve selected eight of our favourite galleries.

Everard Read

Known as one of the regions’ most established art galleries, Everard Read showcases some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists through a variety of media. Located in a heritage building next to Le Quartier Francais, this beautiful space shares a sculpture garden with the kitchen garden of La Petit Colombe next door.

+27 (0)21 876 2446
20 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.

Is Art Gallery

With both local representation and marvelous memorabilia from the past, Is Art Gallery is a vibrant space and is the brainchild of owner Ilse Schermers Griesel, contemporary art specialist. It adjoins Foliage restaurant which is a popular recommendation for guests of La Residence.

+27 (0)21 876 2071
11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek.

Manz Art

Manz Art houses a lovely portfolio of fine contemporary African art, supporting both established and up and coming local artists, making it an attractive gallery for both local and international collectors. The gallery schedules regular shows and has a resident selection of work from renowned artists such as Karin Miller, Marie Stander, Stuart Redler, Cecil Skotnes, André Villiers, Luhandri Bekker and Simon Annand.

+27 (0)21 876 4402
30 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek.

Pierneef Gallery at La Motte

The Pierneef Gallery at the La Motte wine farm pays tribute to the work of artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. This private collection has an impressive array of paintings, sketches, and even various items of painting apparatus which belonged to the artist himself.

The current exhibition, entitled Ink on Paper focuses on the main categories of printmaking, illustrated by a special selection of Rembrandt van Rijn etchings as well works by relevant South African artists and printmakers. The exhibition is on display until June 2019

+27 (0)21 876  8000
R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

Johannes du Plessis

Johannes uses a distinct abstract cubist style in acrylics on canvas and in sculpture to express his love of form inspired by nature. Collectors from around the world have invested in his unique and versatile style of work.

+27 (0)21 876 4382
Atelier on 1 Unie, Franschhoek

The Boutique Gallery

The Boutique Gallery hosts a selection of the finest South African art and designer accessories, as well as some highly sought after international artists.

Among the international artists, The Boutique Gallery exclusively hosts the stunning glass mosaic works of Isabelle Scheltjens. These works are a true mastery of colour theory and pointillism in a striking and monumental size.

+27 (0)21 876 2723
9 Huguenot Street,  Heritage Square,  Franschhoek

EBONY/CURATED Bordeaux House

EBONY/CURATED Bordeaux House is one of two EBONY/CURATED galleries in Franschhoek, and showcases classic and contemporary fine art combined with exclusive, local design. Their design portfolio features a wide range of work by leading South African designers and showcases their own collection of beautifully crafted, bespoke furniture.

+27 (0) 21 876 2616
4 Bordeaux Street, Franschhoek

The Farm Sanctuary

Meet the world’s famous painting pig, Pigcasso!

From pork chop to heralded headliner, Pigcasso has opened her very own Oink Gallery – located at the Farm Sanctuary in the heart of Franschhoek. Connoisseurs are invited to visit the gallery, explore her abstract expressionistic style and invest in one of her masterpieces – all signed off by the nose tip of the painting pig herself!

Located near the entrance of La Residence, this is a great stop before enjoying a tasty dining experience in La Residence’s Great Hall. 

+27 (0) 84 735 3303
Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

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