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Art at The Silo Hotel

Colour, creativity, and curiosity – the walls, floors, and interior spaces of The Silo Hotel showcase pieces of art that are bold and unapologetic. A celebration of owner Liz Biden’s innate art knowledge and artistic flair that defines each and every space she designs.

Experiences

Inspired By Zeitz MOCAA

During her trips throughout Africa, aided by her well-travelled eye for the exquisite and the unusual, The Royal Portfolio’s Liz Biden acquired a unique and varied collection of art for The Silo Hotel that compliments that of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

Highlighting both young and aspiring artists, as well as established, highly acclaimed artists, the art has been specifically chosen to complement the unique interiors of each of the hotel’s 28 rooms. Curiosity and interest spill from the walls as each piece offers individualised personality to the space it occupies.

In Her Own Words

“I have always included wonderful art at each of The Royal Portfolio hotels. Art brings a space to life, it creates warmth and tells stories. But moreover, art takes you on a journey which evolves as we evolve. Our guests love to enjoy the art collections at our hotels and lodges, and The Silo Hotel takes that art experience to a whole new level, focusing on contemporary African art.” – Liz Biden

The Vault

The Vault is The Silo’s subterranean private art gallery, which acts as a link between the hotel and local galleries in Cape Town. It was designed to make use of the space on our private parking level and to facilitate even more emphasis on our passion for art.

Each year, The Silo Hotel works with a different local gallery to showcase two African artists through exhibitions in The Vault. The industrial space transforms into a fascinating canvas for each exhibition, evolving into a representation of each artist and creating an interesting art tour for guests at the hotel. The art in The Vault is for sale through the relevant gallery representing the artist and is rotated every 6 months.

Meet Our Art Concierge

Irene Boaventura sees art as a means of communication, connection, and transportation. It leads to shared understanding between people from all walks of life, and creates a form of conversation that transcends the boundaries of spoken language. As the Art Concierge at The Silo Hotel, Irene holds the key to the storytelling behind our art.

Irene’s deep-rooted passion for art, culture, and extraordinary hospitality come from a dedicated journey through a self-made career. She facilitates VIP art experiences for our guests in the high profile Cape Town art scene and knows everything there is to know about early viewings, art auctions, exhibitions, and gallery openings.

Private Art Tours

Irene is a master at curating bespoke and informative art tours. Journey through The Silo Hotel’s private art collection (which contains over 300 pieces of contemporary African art) or tour Zeitz MOCAA below with Irene by your side offering insights into the memorable exhibitions.

Visits to Cape Town’s most established and emerging artist’s studios, galleries and exhibitions can also be arranged with Irene as she presents our guests with the opportunity to learn about and potentially meet the artists themselves. For more information please contact: info@thesilohotel.com

The Lobby And Beyond

The Silo Hotel lobby, on the ground floor of the old silo building, sets the scene for the contrast between old and new showcased throughout the hotel. “Decorating The Silo Hotel has welcomed new challenges. It is very different from the rest of The Royal Portfolio. Space, for one, is restricted by the two core elevator shafts running through the building as well as the cubic geometry of each floor. Wall space is limited by the remarkable windows,” Liz Biden reflects.

Almost every piece of furniture in the hotel has been hand-crafted by Moorgas & Sons in Cape Town. Typically, Liz will find a material or fabric and visualise it as a piece of furniture in the hotel.

Lalela Project

Initiated in 2001, the Lalela Project began with just a handful of students from townships Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu in Cape Town’s Hout Bay. The project harnesses the power of art to guide students along a clear path.

Working across many communities throughout South Africa, the Lalela Project facilitates education through the arts to hundreds of children between the ages of six and 18. The Silo Hotel and owner Liz Biden are proud supporters of this incredible initiative.

Art & Culture

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Cape Town

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Art & Culture

The experience at The Silo Hotel is focused on the art, food and culture of Cape Town while celebrating the exquisite natural beauty of South Africa’s Mother City.

The Silo Spa

An oasis of peace and relaxation offering a regenerative journey towards healing your physical and spiritual well-being.

Cape Town

Surrounded by dramatic mountains and sandy beaches, Cape Town is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Art & Culture

The experience at The Silo Hotel is focused on the art, food and culture of Cape Town while celebrating the exquisite natural beauty of South Africa’s Mother City.

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