What we do
Culture Connect SA is the only South African art, architecture and heritage specialist of its kind in Southern Africa that offers both public and private tours. We select the best galleries, landmarks, collections and studios, expertly tailored to your taste and time available.
We not only take you on tours, but also talk 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. There are opportunities to meet curators, creatives and experts from different walks of life. 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 culture, Kate Crane Briggs started Culture Connect in 2012.
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), before her post grad in marketing at the University of Westminster. For 20 years Kate worked in the London art world. Her jobs included being the Royal Drawing School’s Executive Director, Whitechapel Gallery’s and the National Portrait Gallery’s Fundraising Manager. Kate relocated to Cape Town in 2010 with her South African husband Guy Briggs (dhk Architects partner) and their two children Anna and Oli.
We are based in Rosebank in Cape Town but also advise on specialists who can lead experiences in Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.
Interns and volunteers welcome
Culture Connect SA has 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 on tours paying extra towards Culture Connect Cares. This programme either funds free places on tours, or a special outing. Culture Connect supports art outreach at the Butterfly Art Project, ZipZap Circus School and SAEP who all work in areas of high poverty in and around Cape Town. Kate was a member of the first steering committee of Women in Philanthropy South Africa(WiPSA) and an associate of Global Philanthropic.
We enjoy partnering with organisations for mutual benefit. For many years De Meye have been our wine sponsor. More recently financial and immigration advisors, Sable International have been helping with marketing. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you would like to discuss ways to get involved.