A really special opportunity to visit contemporary artists, artists and art in situ, in a really small group (seven max). Get together a group of mates/family and give me a shout when you would like to do it (weekday mornings/lunch time best).
Start at the beautifully recently converted Labotessa hotel in the corner of Church Square, with coffee and a quick visit to their penthouse suite with its stunning views and contemporary art, including by Pierre Fouché (see below) if it isn’t booked, of course. Then we’ll visit Pierre in his studio – two minutes walk away. His beautifully crafted artworks, either lace or dice, are in big demand internationally. He considers himself primarily a lacemaker and teaches online to students internationally. (He might not be available as he is so busy.)
Next up is the stunning Union House, a subtly but beautifully converted warehouse. It is again a few minutes walk. We’ll meet artisans (either fine art mosaicists and/or beaders) and see their work, often destined for distant shores – it is, afterall the home of Spier Art Trust. whose partners/clients include Nando’s and Hollard. (This is only open weekdays, office hours.)
We finish in viby, dynamic and foodie Fringe/District 6/Zonnebloem. It Harrington we’ll pop into Open 24 Hours to see the installations there which I always enjoy and hopefully meeting their curator, if she is free. We’ll finish at the brilliant artist led, A4 Art Foundation on Buitenkant, providing it is open (of course!).
R950 per tour; allow two hours. Seven people max.
Optional lunch afterwards at your own expense. My favourites are Haas which always has gorgeous and changing art and design to enjoy and buy. And Haldane Martin’s beautifully “French” designed, Swan Cafe, for the best gallates/crepe in town, also on Buitenkant St.