Enjoy the cream of contemporary portraiture in South Africa.
View 100 selected portraits on an art-filled weekend around Cape Town and the Winelands.
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery & Clay Museum in association Cape Insights invites you to join in.
On Friday evening – 28 August, the festivities begin with the opening celebration of the Top 40 Portraits … at Durbanville’s Rust-en-Vrede Gallery & Clay Museum. Over delectable canapés and drinks you can meet host John Maytham, engage with prize winners, mingle with the artists and hear from the creative judges*, as well as enjoy ceramic sculptor Wilma Cruise’s solo exhibition titled Red Queen to Play in the Clay Museum.
On Saturday – 29 August, kaleidoscope your day looking over the remaining Top 60 portraits …
In the morning, take in a further display of 30 Portraits at the Irma Stern Museum.
With director Christopher Peter experience Stern’s zest for living and love of abundant colour in the uniquely furnished interior that houses her avidly collected artefacts, furniture, ceramics and textiles while enjoying refreshments in the secluded garden.
Then head south, to meander around the picturesque fishing village of Kalk Bay with its boat-filled harbour, eclectic galleries, seaside shops and quirky locals, having a relaxing lunch to the sound of the sea and the gulls.
In the afternoon, complete the viewing circle with another 30 Portraits at Casa Labia, a national monument and cultural centre on Muizenberg’s ‘’historical mile’’ the overlooks the Indian ocean and False Bay, with some potential whale watching thrown in. Hear about the building’s Italianate-style heritage and history before being privately guided around the gallery by guest speaker Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection and enjoying afternoon drinks.
On Sunday – 30 August, savour a day in the breath taking Cape Winelands …
First up on the Glen Carlou estate, is a guided gallery tour by Georgie Prout where the collection of owner Donald M. Hess, one of the world’s major collectors of contemporary art, spans five decades from Abstract Expressionism through current positions and contains works by artists including Goldsworthy, Motherwell and Stella among others. Spend a few serene moments in their Zen fynbos garden, an endemic, indigenous array of enchanting shapes and vibrant colours.
At La Motte, located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, visit the Pierneef Museum dedicated to the life and art of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, as well as a selection of contemporary art by other distinguished South African artists.
On the crest of the spectacular Helshoogte Pass is Delaire Graff Estate, a leading luxury destination with award winning wines, to say nothing of one the most eclectic art collections assembled by its owner Laurence Graff. You’ll be shown around some pivotal works that adorn the interiors and sculptures that fill the landscaped gardens and enjoy a light lunch here.
Linger a while in the heart of Stellenbosch with its singular beauty of charm. Glimpse some unique Cape Dutch architecture – gabled gems on oak lined streets of this historical university town with its bustling student life and restored streetscapes, before returning to Cape Town mid afternoon.
The offer includes transport, all entrance fees, lunch on Saturday & Sunday – plus morning / afternoon refreshments, as well as the services of tour leader Marion Ellis of Cape Insights – a special interest company that offers niched tours in art, craft & design.
If you are a local, why not join up selectively for Saturday and/or Sunday according to your availability?
If you live upcountry, why not fly / drive to Cape Town for a stimulating weekend away – and join in for all three days?
Contact us to find out about the 3-day package price or just the daily rates
*Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth in association with Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, the Sanlam Portrait Award competition offers a prize of R100,000 and a viewers’ choice prize. Convened by Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam Private Wealth Art Advisory Service, the independent judging panel of high calibre creatives includes:
Tanya Poole, primarily a portrait artist who has worked with video, performance, installation, theatre design and paint animation both internationally and locally, she’s a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Rhodes University, where she lectures;
Ernestine White, curator for contemporary art at the Iziko SA National Gallery, with work in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, she’s a graduate of New Yorks’ Purchase College School of Art & Design, with a MFA from University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art;
Craig Wylie, the London-based winner of the 2008 BP Portrait Award in the UK, with work featured in London’s National Portrait Gallery, he’s a Rhodes University graduate with solo and group shows.