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Discover Stellenbosch - Art in the Eikestad
by Desré Barnard posted on December 4, 2014.

Nicolene C Swanepoel. Horse Head I & II. Ceramics. Courtesy of Equues Gallery

Just fifty kilometres east of Cape Town, lies the charming town of Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town. Founded in 1679, the City of Oaks is so named for the oak trees that line the streets, some of which date back to 1760. Stellenbosch boasts some of the world’s best wine farms and picturesque scenery, a first-rate university as well as a wide variety of unique and quaint art destinations and attractions.

This December, Stellenbosch will be offering diverse activities for any art lover. Some of the festive season highlights include Equus, a gallery running an equine themed exhibition, GUS, a gallery affiliated with the University of Stellenbosch who is running an experimental exhibition, and, for those more inclined toward the masters, The Rupert Museum hosts a permanent collection of works by the likes of Pierneef, Battiss, and Kentridge.

Art @ Blaauwklippen

Marius Prinsloo. Overberg. Acrylic on canvas (120 x 60 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

Art @ Blaauwklippen is hosting an exhibition of works by James Dick, opening on Sunday 7 December at 15:00. The opening will be held in the Tasting Room at Blaauwklippen Vineyards, situated on Strand Road, Stellenbosch. Curator and artist Marius Prinsloo will also be holding demonstrations in his studio over the course of December. Be sure to join Prinsloo during Blaauwklippen’s Twilight Christmas Market from 16 to 20 December, as well as every Sunday for the family market.

For more information contact Art @ Blaauwklippen on 021 880 8655, or visit their Facebook page.

Equus Gallery

Equus Gallery presents Equus, a group exhibition with works referencing Peter Shaffer’s play by the same name. The gallery has a stretched translucent ceiling, backlit by LEDs, conceptualised to simulate daylight. The gallery hosts rotating contemporary exhibitions curated by Carina Du Randt, and also houses a permanent exhibition of noteworthy works from the Cavalli Estate Private Collection. Artists participating in this equine themed exhibition include Noel Ashton, Dirk Bahmann, Severino Braccialarghe, Rae Goosen, Clare Menck, Johan du Plessis, Andre Prinsloo, Krisjan Rossouw, Lauren Schlater, Nicolene C. Swanepoel, Diane Victor and many more. The exhibition closes on 8 February. Located on the R44 Stellenbosch, Cavalli Estate encourages local arts through public sculpture spaces and a public art gallery.

For more information, visit the Cavalli Estate website.

SMAC Gallery

SMAC is hosting Anton Karstel’s Property, Faith & Beauty and Other Recent Paintings until 7 December. On 6 December, they will also be holding the launch of Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clark. Written by Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin, the book recounts an artist's life in the context of the social history of South Africa from the 1940s onwards. Simon Stone’s Sides of Now opens on 11 December and will run until 25 December. Situated in the historic De Wet Building in Church Street, Stellenbosch, SMAC represents both established and emerging South African artists, and participates in local and international art fairs. In 2011, SMAC opened a second gallery in Cape Town to expand the scope of the gallery’s activities.

For more information about SMAC, visit their website or email on .

D-Street Gallery

Karlien de Villiers. The Discomfort Zone. Courtesy of D-Street Gallery

D-Street Gallery is an intimate space which showcases contemporary collector and investment art, and aims to create a sense of artistic community and a place encouraging contemplation and dialogue. During the month of December, D-Street is hosting Art - (de)code - (re)prhase, curated by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen. This group exhibition features works from Marinda Combrinck, Elizabeth Gunter, Sharle Mathews, Clare Menck, Marie Stander, Anton Smit, Strijdom van der Merwe, Shany van den Berg, Peter van Straten, Dot Vermeulen, Karlien de Villiers, and Judy Woodborne. D-Street Gallery is located on the ground floor of Merweda House, 112 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.

For more information visit their website or email them on

Gradex 2014

Installation by Uta Francke. Courtesy of Alésha Bredell

The Stellenbosch Visual Arts Department is hosting the annual Gradex exhibition, showcasing the works of the 2014 graduates from the Visual Arts Department. Coinciding with the Visual Arts Department’s 50th anniversary, the exhibition is organised by the students, and features works from the Fine Arts, Jewellery Design and Visual Communication Design disciplines. The exhibition will run until 10 December, and all works on show are for sale.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or email

GUS (Gallery University Stellenbosch)

GUS (Gallery University Stellenbosch) is hosting forward, an experimental exhibition curated by the Visual Studies honours students from the Stellenbosch University Visual Arts Department. Housed in the Old Lutheran Church, GUS is hosting the exhibition which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the department by showcasing the department’s newly established archive. The exhibition comprises of photographs, maps, sculptures, oral history projects, and films, and aims to provide a space for reflection, dialogue and interaction.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or email

The Studio Gallery

The Studio Gallery, Stephen Rautenbach’s fine art gallery and accompanying work studio, features Rudolf Hough’s bronze sculptures, Rado Kirov’s stainless steel abstract sculptures, Ezekiel Mabote’s woodcuts, Letter Maqubuko’s bronze sculptures, Isaac Sithole’s woodcuts, as well as Rautenbach’s bronze sculptures and sketches. The gallery is situated at 44 Church Street, Stellenbosch, on the Stellenbosch Museum side of Church Street.

For more information, email Stephen Rautenbach at or visit

The Rupert Museum

The Rupert Museum’s permanent collection includes works from a wide variety of artists, including Walter Battiss, Willie Bester, Keith Dierich, William Kentridge, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, Alexis Preller, and Penny Siopis.

The museum is situated in Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch, and entrance is R20.00 for adults, and R10.00 for students, scholars, and pensioners.

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