Color your soul with these 5 must-see art galleries in Cape Town

The mother city is known for its creative flair and extraordinary art galleries – from the impressive Zeitz MOCAA to the recently opened Norval Foundation – there’s too much to choose from. It is a melting pot of art and culture, a true reflection of the city’s past and present.

Feast your eyes on amazing pieces while sipping a glass of wine in one of these stunning galleries – whether it’s the first Thursday or a Monday evening, there’s something introspective about strolling through the art galleries . Here are five local galleries you must visit:

1. YoungBlood Foundation

The Youngblood Foundation aims to strengthen the diversity of art in all its forms – from visual and theatrical performances to dance and musical performances. The foundation welcomes a wide variety of artistic genres and has won a Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) award for its innovation in the arts scene.

Located on bustling Bree Street, YoungBlood offers a variety of art – from contemporary to modern.

Each month they feature the unique work of a different artist. Visual art exhibits are free, but live performances are charged per ticket.

First Thursdays at Youngblood. Image: Youngblood Arts and Culture Development/Facebook

Details:

  • Location: 70, 72 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
  • Contact: 021 424 0074
  • Website: youngblood-afrique.com

2. Contemporary Eclectic

Based in Cape Town, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international outlook. They celebrate the diversity and depth of artistic creation on the African continent while aiming to contextualize it for a growing global market.

With an increasing focus on African art in the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues we face in a globalized world. Eclectica Contemporary art often features practices and materials from art history, but pushes those boundaries and explores uncharted territories of representation, technique, and theory.

The openings of Kara Taylor and Claudia Treagus shows. Photo: Eclectica Contemporary/Facebook

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3. World Art Gallery

World Art presents modern and abstract works, taking the viewer on a fun journey. Located on Church Street, it is surrounded by galleries but its unique features attract passers-by and art lovers.

The gallery hosts new exhibitions every month and the mediums on display vary from visual art to sculpture and more. Admission to the gallery is free.

One of Catherine Ocholla’s stunning new paintings. Photo: Worldart/Facebook

Details:

  • Location: 54 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
  • Contact: 021 423 3075
  • Website: worldart.co.za

4. The Goodman Gallery

This venue was established in 1966 and is one of the oldest international contemporary art galleries in the world showcasing established and emerging local artists.

They exhibit artists who strive to change and change perspective and transform social norms. International artists who explore unequal power structures and challenge social narrative around the world are primarily featured at the gallery. Visit the space to come away with a bigger picture of the field of art.

The piece pictured is made from flattened bottle caps sewn together with thread. Photo: 531 Shuttles & Tours / Facebook

Details:

  • Location: 37A Somerset Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051
  • Contact: 021 462 7573
  • Website: goodman-gallery.com

5. Irma Stern Museum

The Irma Stern Museum sits in the cozy corner of Rosebank, the gallery offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Irma Stern, a great name in the art world, is celebrated throughout the exhibition and a collection of her art and artifacts showcases.

The gallery is the former home of Irma Stern and exhibits paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The artwork shares Irma’s love for color and life. Artifacts from all over the world are housed in the gallery – from Africa to Zanzibar.

A grade 11 visual arts student from Milnerton High School looks at a painting by Irma Stern, titled Watussi girl. Photo: @irma_stern_museum / Instagram

Details:

  • Location: 21 Cecil Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700
  • Contact: 021 685 5686
  • Website: irmastern.co.za

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Mildred D. Field