Art & Design Matters

Art & Design Matters

Acclaimed No.1 City in Africa

Acclaimed No.1 City in Africa

Cape Town is South Africa's crown jewel, worth visiting year-round. Ranked No. 1 City in Africa by Travel + Leisure, its iconic Table Mountain has been voted as Africa’s leading tourist attraction by the 2021 World Travel Awards ... Read More
TIME magazine The World's 100 Greatest Places

One of The World’s 100 Greatest Places

TIME magazine's list of 100 unique destinations shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world. They are well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it's time, once again, to explore. One of the 100? South Africa's inclusion is located in the Kruger National Park ... Read More
Thandiwe Miuru

A Fresh Lens On African Beauty

“If I speak of African beauty, I need to focus on ... what makes us uniquely beautiful. To me, being African means being colorful and full of life. I am so proud to come from this continent!'' - photographer Thandiwe Muriu ... Read More
The Quintessence of Art

The Quintessence of Art

The Irma Stern Museum is enticing the public into the former home of one of South Africa's most sought-after artists, with an exhibition devoted to Nudes.  ''Stern viewed the naked female body through many lenses, all inherited from the various traditions of European art. By engaging with each lens at different times she not only extended the tradition and affirmed her place within it, but she found a means to express her own vivid, interior life''.  ... Read More
Sculpting Ancestral Dreamscapes

Sculpting Ancestral Dreamscapes

'iThongo' means “ancestral dreamscape” in Xhosa - one of South Africa's 11 languages. This is a series of sculptural seats hand-coiled in terracotta clay, each standing at almost a metre tall. The design of each backrest is based on a symbol from an extensive lexicon that Andile Dyalvane has devised. ... Read More
‘Beyond Walls’ in Cape Town

‘Beyond Walls’ in Cape Town

Saype, the world's most famous land artist, chose Cape Town as host to the ninth stage of his global project because his work symbolises the breaking down of political and social barriers between communities. Depicting the largest human chain in the world, it invites people to help each other, show kindness and live tolerantly together ... Read More
It's All About Perspectives

It’s All About Perspectives

''If you take history seriously, the real point is to understand one's own history and work with the grain, not against it. It means learning from mistakes and not clinging to yesterday's theories and visions" - R.W.Johnson  ... Read More
Pioneering 'Room to Shine'

Pioneering ‘Room to Shine’

LATITUDES is a platform for African art in international times. The first African art fair that is 100% owned by women, it's a niche-focused fair that seeks to expand and strengthen local art audiences and promote African art in an economically viable manner ... Read More
Unstoppable Creative Talent

Unstoppable Creative Talent

If you want to refresh your perspective, stimulate your mind, and see some of South Africa's ''unstoppable'' talent, join us! Hear from founder Fee Halsted about her Ardmore team's ability to create magnificent forms during trying times that is a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit ... Read More
New Eyes - New Tangent

New Eyes – New Tangent

We have selected Cyrus Kabiru’s images of eyewear as a perfect metaphor for the new tangent we're launching, because his work deals with imagination and transformation. ''Seek with New Eyes'' is a webinar series that will take you on a voyage of discovery around South Africa. Join us on Sep 23 ... Read More
JohDel, The Flowering Plants of South Africa,

Beguiling Botanical Whimsy

One of South Africa’s most sought after illustrators has created a classic botanical chart in a fresh style that is beautiful as a work of art as well as functional. The Flowering Plants of South Africa features a collection of 85 interesting and indigenous plants that includes the plants’ scientific names, bugs & critters used for pollination ... Read More
Willem Boshoff, Nirox

A First in the Field of Art

Willem Boshoff is a world-renowned artist whose works involve long-term archival research across a range of disciplines such as music, botany, visual arts, philosophy. His sought-after sculptures offer much more than meets the eye. His works are drenched in text, either on the artwork itself, or accompanied by a detailed description ... Read More
Best Vineyard in Africa

Best Vineyard in Africa

A worthy destination for locals, as well as future travellers to South Africa, to explore and celebrate the countrys best-loved wine region, where we really know how to do idyllic landscapes in the Cape Winelands. Join us at this must-visit place! ... Read More
Blank Page For New Beginnings

Blank Page For New Beginnings

Disasters are known as powerful ignition tools for radical ways of transforming business practices. To harvest emerging ideas trend forecaster Li Edelkoort is organizing a platform to counterbalance the World Economic Forum - The World Hope Forum ... Read More
Creative Trailblazer

Creative Trailblazer

Louis Schwartzberg is an inspiring visual artist who celebrates life and reveals the mysteries of nature, people and places ... by providing breathtaking imagery using time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography ... Read More
Creative Solution to a Vexed Issue

Creative Solution to a Vexed Issue

Banksy's idea''caters for those who miss the Colston statue and those who don't. We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down'' ... Read More
Art that Works

Art that Works

Stationery that stops aliens and thwarts a silent killer! By handcrafting beautiful art that works (as opposed to works of art), planting seeds of inspiration, and growing sustainable solutions ... Read More
Wise Words From Global Gurus

Wise Words From Global Gurus

As a species, our best design stories still lie ahead of us. For over 25-years, Design Indaba Cape Town has presented a slew of visionary thinkers whose innovations have truly shaped our globe ... Read More
Abuzz with Art Fairs & Art Tours

Abuzz with Art Fairs & Art Tours

Cape Town is abuzz. Last week was epic tennis and magic music. This week is creative. With the Cape Town Art Fair and the launch of our ''Meet the Makers Tour'' in September 2020 ... Read More
How Great Is Thy Art?

How Great Is Thy Art?

The new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria gives the city of jacarandas (and the whole country) a new cultural landmark & window into the past with the Mapungubwe Collection ... Read More
H&M’s First African Collaboration

H&M’s First African Collaboration

You may not have heard of Palesa Mokubung, but you have most certainly seen her creativity celebrated. Here is her latest Mantsho x H&M visual feast! ... Read More
Singular Brand Icon

Singular Brand Icon

A South African design icon. A brand pioneer. A singular woman of note whose functional products will remain in our homes and hearts. Carroll Boyes RIP ... Read More
Cape Town's Coolest Neighbourhood

Cape Town’s Coolest Neighbourhood

Find out how, if cities were romances, Cape Town would be the love-at-first-sight kind. And how a landmark hotel, groundbreaking art spaces, and buzzy restaurants & bars are transforming the city's skyline ... Read More
Honouring A Resilient Visionary

Honouring A Resilient Visionary

David Koloane - a revered voice in Africa’s artistic landscape, celebrated for his contribution to South Africa’s cultural struggle - whose loss leaves the art world hollow ... Read More
Wanderlust Renegades : Part 2

Wanderlust Renegades : Part 2

If you’re on a trip and start to ask yourself, I wonder who came up with that clever idea?  Those answers are amongst a few of the game-changers ... Read More
Vibrant Additions to Cape Town’s Street Gallery

Vibrant Additions to Cape Town’s Street Gallery

A collection of global street artists create inspiring new murals in Cape Town with a collective message in mind courtesy the International Public Arts Festival ... Read More
Serendipitous Synchronicity

Serendipitous Synchronicity

Cape Town celebrates the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa's new director/curator Koyo Kouoh, and humungous wall-hanging sculpture made by acclaimed El Anatsui ... Read More
The Case For Visiting Cape Town

The Case For Visiting Cape Town

You really can't overstate the case for visiting Cape Town. It's just come tops in the Telegraph award for The World's 50 Best Honeymoon Hotels & Destinations ... Read More

Bottom Up Resilience In Africa

The challenges faced by Africa's rapidly growing cities are unique. Chief Resilience members from Accra, Addis Ababa, & Cape Town share how their cities are working to solve these ... Read More
Accolades & Awards

Accolades & Awards

The World Architecture Festival praises Cape Town's Waterfront art museum - the Zeitz MOCAA - for its "unique, evocative space" and judges it the winner of the 'New & Old - Completed Building' category ... Read More
More Than Meets The Eye

More Than Meets The Eye

There's more to a coffin and the rituals of death than meets the western eye. The Ga people of Ghana see them as “receptacles of proverbs” or “proverbial coffins.” ... Read More
Inspiring Problem Solving

Inspiring Problem Solving

''Ground breaking ideas that are changing the way we live work, play and think about what's possible'' plus The Africa Prize   ... Read More
Transforming Livelihoods

Transforming Livelihoods

Celebrating African initiatives where objects made by the human hand reflect the inherent essence of the spirit of the maker ... Read More
Top Museums in Cape Town

Top Museums in Cape Town

Condé Nast Traveler's list of the Top 15, deemed worthy of visiting. "The city's art scene is on fire, from cultural touchstones to cutting-edge contemporary". ... Read More
The Past Is Still Unfolding

The Past Is Still Unfolding

Reflecting on different architectures of dominance linked to entrenched powers of colonialism, racism & relentless capitalism ... Read More
Art's Voice Returning to Africa

Art’s Voice Returning to Africa

Another good day in Africa. Yinka Shonibare's multifaceted oeuvre grapples with the lasting legacy of colonialism ... Read More
Double Cool

Double Cool

Forbes Magazine names 12 "cool" new neighbourhoods around the world. And South Africa happens to get TWO mentions: one in Cape Town & a Johannesburg counterpart just as vibrant ... Read More
Quality With A Conscience

Quality With A Conscience

A paper cutout inspired by the pincushion protea - and a play on the word “froufrou” - generating two local initiatives we love ... Read More
Endangered Fun

Endangered Fun

''It’s important to show what beauty humans are capable of with their hands rather than the destructive mass production” ... Porky Hefer ... Read More
Human-Centred Design

Human-Centred Design

Opportunities pave a way for innovation unlike any other. See how a human-centred approach to design enhances ways to make magic happen ... Read More
Another Chelsea Gold

Another Chelsea Gold

South Africa's culturally-oriented display features not only our unique flora, but also the Cape Flats, where Apartheid shunted people to divide black from white ... Read More
A Modern Day Treehouse

A Modern Day Treehouse

The latest winners of the 2018 Corobrik SAIA Architectural awards have been announced, and this gem of a structure is just such a design to behold in Constantia, Cape Town ... Read More
More Glorious Art

More Glorious Art

The Norval Foundation is a just-opened centre dedicated to 21st-century visual art from South Africa, with world-first retrospectives of Kumalo & Legae ... Read More
State of Grace @ Zeitz MOCAA

State of Grace @ Zeitz MOCAA

A most magical musical evening at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The Chanticleer Singers enchanted. Richard Cock conducted inimitably. Classical guitarist James Grace beguiled.     ... Read More
An Academic Fashion Moment

An Academic Fashion Moment

South African cultural warrior, artist Esther Mhlangu, with her Ndebele art collaborations across the globe, receives an honorary doctorate ... Read More
An "Ubuntu" Celebration

An “Ubuntu” Celebration

We love a celebration!  And when it is wild, whimsical and just wonderful, we raise our glasses even higher ... Read More
Fuelling African Innovation

Fuelling African Innovation

Michelle Obama: ''You can choose to go along with what everyone is doing, or you can become whatever you want to be in this life. That’s what Siya Xuza did'' ... Read More
Changing the World - One Story at a Time

Changing the World – One Story at a Time

Do write. Do right. A business that's providing a canvas to kick-start ideas to develop the minds of young children via story books ... Read More
Ardmore’s Voyage of Discovery

Ardmore’s Voyage of Discovery

Cape Town is hot & happening - basking in long hot summer days & a creative vortex peaking with the Cape Town Art Fair, Design Indaba & host of design-related events  ... Read More
Among The World’s Best New Buildings

Among The World’s Best New Buildings

The prestigious 2018 RIBA International architecture award features 62 projects from around the world, with 2 from South Africa: Zeitz MOCAA & the “Empower Shack” ... Read More
Opening A World Of Wonder

Opening A World Of Wonder

A remarkable talent building method to develop innate musical abilities that can open a new world for disadvantaged kids, as it did for their visionary teacher Maria Botha ... Read More
Distillation of Nature

Distillation of Nature

Sculptor Dylan Lewis has moulded 7 hectares into an undulating landscape that mirrors the contours of Stellenbosch Mountain towering above it, and displays his sculptures to perfection ... Read More
Best of the Best, and a lady!

Best of the Best, and a lady!

You don't have to believe us, but the award for the world's Best Female Chef at The Best Chef Lady ... Read More
Socially Engineering Love

Socially Engineering Love

The Secret Love Project ... just imagine changing the image of hearts to swastikas or to the word “hate” and sticking those all over town ... Read More
An Arch for "The Arch"

An Arch for “The Arch”

Cape Town will unveil the Arch for "The Arch", a structural tribute to our beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Made from 14 arching strands of wood, the 9-metre high structure will reside outside St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town ... Read More
Insights behind Zeitz MOCAA

Insights behind Zeitz MOCAA

Hear how this groundbreaking contemporary art museum in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront came about - its design highlights and architectural challenges ... Read More
Giving Art Life

Giving Art Life

More buzz / art news, prior to the Zeitz MOCAA opening in Cape Town next week: the prizewinners of L'Atelier, one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions ... Read More
Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017

Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017

“World Architecture Festival is the epicentre of architectural thought, bringing together leading designers & emerging practices into one forum” - See some contenders ... Read More
The Story of a Ceramic Wall

The Story of a Ceramic Wall

''In two hundred years time people may gaze on our wall and wonder what some of the creatures are, as they were last seen in 2074" ... Read More
Accolades & Awards

Accolades & Awards

Cape Town gathers prestigious awards around the globe for its magnificent beauty and tourist offerings. Venture south and see why! ... Read More
Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Visionary Plan By Pioneering Women

Migration to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront's Silo district is a clever paradigm shift around the desirability & economic potential of local South African design ... Read More
South African Creative Energy

South African Creative Energy

See the electric pulse of South African creative energy - right in the heart of Paris - where 38 local brands are on exhibit at Galeries Lafayette ... Read More
''Under the Shadow of Wings''

”Under the Shadow of Wings”

A striking contemporary chapel in South Africa created as an inclusive space where people of all religions can find spiritual connection ... Read More
And the winning photo is ....

And the winning photo is ….

If you followed the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year's weekly summary, you'll be delighted to see who the 2017 winners are! ... Read More
Eye-catching Exhibition of Africa

Eye-catching Exhibition of Africa

A visual feast! And tribute to Africa by Coolhunter. See Vlisco's bright & bold exhibition in celebration of its 170-year iconic history ... Read More