As with good food and outstanding wines, so too fine art needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Regarded as South Africa’s premier food and wine destination, Franschhoek has added ‘art destination’ to its repertoire. Home to some of the country’s finest art collections and a growing number of local and international art enthusiasts, Art Franschhoek came into being, and was introduced to the public towards the end of last year.
During the months of October and November visitors to the valley will be treated to a plethora of art as Franschhoek’s many galleries and res ident artists showcase their finest works. Showcasing 23 galleries, which 11 of which will be having special exhibitions; Art Franschhoek will also have open gardens, classical music concerts and Art and Clay – a clay ceramics festival. Not only for the advanced art lover, Art Franschhoek aims to be welcoming and comfortable for anyone looking for an all-around engaging sensory experience.
Don’t miss out on some of our favourite stops on the Franschhoek Art Route.
With a unique dinner and gallery experience, Is Art shares a space with the Foliage restaurant, inviting guests to enjoy appetising food while gazing upon beautiful works of art. During Art Franschhoek, Is Art will be showcasing ‘Skadeloos’, with oil paintings by Andrew Gibson, and a series of small sculptures by Egon Tania. The gallery will also showcase a group exhibition of South African artists, as well as a Sculpture Garden, curated by Ilse Schermers.
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Holden Manz Collection
If you’re looking for contemporary South African art at it’s best, then the Holden Manz Collection is where you will find it. Showcasing art by Caitlyn Truman-Baker, with a focus on her new project of South African Playing Cards, Holden Manz Collection proudly shows off an eclectic mix of art that is guaranteed to ignite the senses.
Ebony is a unique and exclusive design space that showcases the best in modern South African furniture, home accessories and fine art. The team at Ebony design a range of bespoke, contemporary South African furniture and also work with the leading creators from across the country. Ebony has built a strong relationship with world renowned and collectible South African artists, such as Ardmore Ceramics and Lisa Ringwood. During Art Franschhoek they will be showcasing works by Richard Smith, such as ‘The Wrapped Man’.
Greeted by the the powerful ‘Apocalypse Horse’ sculpture by Willie Bester, the Moór Gallery’s entrance shows its enigmatic presence. An enchanting old house, tastefully restored by its owners, the Moór Gallery showcases art which transcends superficial value and meaning. Curated by Aidon Westcott, this year’s exhibition, ‘Ephemeral Pleasures’ will focus on artist Timothy Hopwood, who’s based his artworks on submerged history. This body of work comprises of individual frames of old Austrian news reels from the late 1940s that have decayed to create strange transformations. Framed by provocative sculptures by Wille Bester, and Roussouw van der Walt, this exhibition is not one to miss.
David Walters at the Ceramics Gallery
David Walters has been a potter ‘forever’. Starting his career with a Fine Arts Degree in 1974, David and his wife Michelle, now own Roubaix House, where he showcases his fine work, as well as his daughter’s, Sarah Walters. Focusing on functionality, David Walter’s work is beautiful and usable, and is being used by some of the local restaurants. Along with the exhibition, visitors can see David at work, creating a mesmerising experience.
Grande Provence Estate
Along with an extensive gallery, showcasing works by leading and emerging South African artists, Grande Provence estate also offers fine dining, food and wine pairings, and an immersive sculpture garden. Stop here for a light lunch of mushroom risotto, paired with their own locally-produced Chenin Blanc.
La Motte Museum
Immerse yourself in the history of Franschhoek at La Motte Museum. Displays depicting aspects of the the Rupert family invite visitors to take a step back to the past. Alongside the family history, is an extensive collection dedicated to the life and art of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, and this year’s theme of female South African artists. For Art Franschhoek, La Motte has invited 20 local ceramists to be inspired by a bottle of La Motte wine, and to create a food and wine pairing that complements their artwork. Take a relaxing stroll around the historical estate, or have a gourmet lunch at the Pierneef a La Motte Restaurant.
A taster to tickle the art taste buds, this is just a sneak peek of what you can expect during this time.
For a detailed programme of the various exhibitions as well as art inspired events visit franschhoek.org.za.