So important is art to the fabric of Ellerman House that the hotel has built the Ellerman House Contemporary Art Gallery, where guests can enjoy the vast collection of art dating from the 1800s to present. This is down to Ellerman’s owner, Paul Harris, who’s passion for South African art is clear to see – not only does he invest in the old masters, but he also supports lesser-known up-and-coming artists and provides them with a platform from which to launch their art into the world.
Aside from having one of the most impressive private art collections in South Africa, Ellerman House also offers guests the chance to go on guided art tours of Cape Town, visiting some of the top contemporary art galleries the city has on offer. A personalised itinerary will be created with the guide depending on any specific requests or interests guests may have, made up of four or five of the following galleries:
Everard Read – one of the more international galleries in Cape Town, it showcases contemporary art from overseas as well as around the continent while still providing exposure to local Capetonian artists.
Zeitz MOCAA – due to open at the end of 2016, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will soon be the largest contemporary art museum in Africa, and will exhibit the Zeitz Collection – one of the most representative collections of contemporary African art in the world.
Stevenson – located in Woodstock, a hub of contemporary galleries, the Stevenson hosts regular solo and group exhibitions by both artists it represents as well as others in its large, airy space.
Whatiftheworld Gallery – also found in Woodstock, Whatiftheworld is another great contemporary art space showcasing established artists, and nurturing the next generation of young African artists.
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection – based on vibrant Kloof Street, Salon91 bases its premise on affordable and accessible contemporary South African art, design and illustration.
Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery and Kunskamer – these are perhaps the most traditional of galleries on the list, showcasing works by South African masters such as Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Gregoire Boonzaaier and Gerard Sekoto. They do also show pieces from more contemporary artists as well.
Barnard Gallery – this gallery has a regular programme of exhibitions by solo artists from its stable, as well as curated group exhibitions focusing on different themes.
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