What we do
Culture Connect SA is the only art and design tour specialist in Southern Africa, offering both public and commissioned tours.
We select the best galleries, landmarks, collections, studios and townships to visit, depending on what you are after. Often these are unknown and closed to the public. There are opportunities to meet experts, artists and inspiring South Africans from all walks of life.
“Curated with care and originality, these wonderfully immersive experiences are interesting, culturally diverse and very stimulating” Sonya Shoeman, Editor Getaway
“We did the art tour of artists’ studios and small galleries in the Woodstock area of Cape Town, plus street art with explanations. Kate is knowledgable, reliable and charming. If you are visiting Cape Town, we can enthusiastically recommend her services.” Ellen Seidman (Puerto Rico)
“You really gave me such a wonderful introduction to Cape Town, taking me to people and places which I could not have done alone and which made SUCH a difference to understanding (or rather trying to understand) the city.” Philippa Vaughan, Project Director, The Calcutta Tercentenary Trust
”Culture Connect’s Kate Crane Briggs was delightful; she took Cathy and me to exactly the type of galleries and studios that we were interested in. With her help we ended up buying four paintings which will remind us always of this special trip.” Bob Werner (Austen, Texas)
How and where we started
Kate Crane Briggs started Culture Connect in 2012, inspired by the huge beauty, creativity, expertise and cultural diversity in South Africa. These can be hard, and sometimes dangerous, to find and visit. We are based in Rosebank in Cape Town but curate art experiences in Johannesburg and Pretoria too.
“Culture Connect is one of the best ways to discover Cape Town both for locals and foreigners. I truly recommend it.” Pedro van Zeller, architect, Barcelona
Kate Crane Briggs
Passionate about art from an early age, Kate studied Art History in the UK first at school (Sherborne) and then the University of East Anglia (BA Hons). For 20 years Kate worked in the London art world. Prior to consulting she was the Executive Director of the Royal Drawing School, Whitechapel Gallery’s Head of Development and National Portrait Gallery’s Fundraising Manager.
Kate relocated to Cape Town, 2010, with her South African husband, Guy Briggs of dhk Architects and their two children (Anna and Oli).
Internships and volunteers welcome
Culture Connect SA has very part-time interns who help with research, logistics and marketing, in particular social media. Volunteers come to events, build their network and experience. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Sponsors: thanks and opportunities
Tailored to the sponsor, Culture Connect SA gives tangible benefits – exposure to hard to reach markets, staff perks, product placement, social media content, B-BBEE points and social investment. We would be delighted to discuss opportunities with you.
Many thanks to our supporters, past and present, in particular:
Fundraising projects and consultancy
Kate advises cultural organisations on fundraising, building on her experience of working in museums, galleries and education. She is on the steering committee of Women in Philanthropy South Africa (WiPSA) and an associate of Global Philanthropic.
Culture Connect supports art outreach at SAEP (South African Education & Environment Project) and Zip Zap Circus both work in areas of high poverty.