What we do
Culture Connect SA is the only South African art, architecture and heritage specialist of its kind offering both public and private tours. We select the best galleries, landmarks, collections and studios, expertly tailored to your taste and time. Key are the people we meet; sometimes planned (eg curators and artists), others our friends and contacts we bump into on the street. Most tours are on foot, but transport can be easily arranged ranging from chauffeur driven Mercs to hiring bicycles.
Key are the conversations – you can ask anything, like what it is like to live here. We’ll chat about the context and social history that manifests in South African art, design and culture. Part of this is through exclusive access to places, typically closed to the public. This is often supplemented by research sent in advance and Zoom lectures on Culture Connect’s YouTube channel..
Press coverage includes Saturday Telegraph (UK), Independent Newspapers (SA), BA’s High Life, CCID’s City Views and Getaway, with radio interviews on SAfm, Fine Music Radio and Bush Radio.
Kate Crane Briggs
Inspired by South Africa’s vast beauty, creativity and different cultures, I started Culture Connect in 2012, here in Cape Town. I’m English – I studied Art History at school (Sherborne) and the University of East Anglia – I was a bit of a swot and got Firsts for my final year work. Then the world of work – I did a post grad in marketing at the University of Westminster – part time while I worked at Conran Design Group. I became a market researcher before working for five years at the Natural History Museum, in fundraising. This led to my first true art world job at the National Portrait Gallery as their Fundraising Manager. Then the contemporary art world drew me to the Whitechapel Gallery; I was also keen to head up a department. Still ambitious, I moved to be Exec Director of the Princes (now Royal) Drawing School, up the road in Shoreditch.
All changed when I had kids – Anna and Oliver. I freelanced in philanthropy and fundraising; clients included St Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican and South Bank Centre.
I moved to Cape Town in 2010 – Guy (Briggs), my husband wanted to come home. He’s now a partner at dhk Architects and I became a qualified tourist guide. We are happily ensconced in Rosebank, just down from Rondebosch Common. But we can help with art and culture tours in Johannesburg.
Interns and volunteers welcome
Culture Connect SA has very part-time interns who help with research, logistics and marketing eg social media, proof reading, film-making and assisting at an event. It is never a large time commitment and can be very rewarding. Interns vary from British post grad art students wanting experience for their CV, to retired locals interested in the arts and/or history here. Please get in touch if you are interested.
We are grateful for people booking paying extra towards Culture Connect Cares. This gives free places on tours, organises special outings or funds art materials. Currently I’m working with VUSA Academy in Langa; previously Butterfly Art Project, ZipZap Circus School, and Masicorp all who work in areas of high poverty in and around Cape Town. I was a member of the first steering committee of Women in Philanthropy South Africa (WiPSA) and an associate of Global Philanthropic based in the UK.
I enjoy partnering with organisations for mutual benefit. For many years De Meye have been our wonderful wine sponsor. More recently financial and immigration advisors, Sable International have been helping me with marketing. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like to discuss ways to get involved.