Jozi city, as it’s fondly named by those who love its ongoing vibrant and dynamic influence on popular culture, is a magnet for artists and art lovers countrywide. But the various genres of art are sometimes difficult for the visitor to find, so VANSA and City Skate Tours are here to take you through the creative niches in the city where art and historic collections abound, to suit any taste and pocket.
Maboneng Township Art Experience
A unique South African Tour operator. It offers creative guided tours and virtual experiences. An award-winning destination development project that turns Townships into Towns through Art. Its experiences solve the problem of artists looking for space, families looking for work and townships looking for their place in the world.
VANSA is a community where art practitioners can discuss and share opportunities, knowledge, resources, networks and projects that are concerned with realising new social, cultural and economic possibilities for contemporary art practice in the South African and wider African contextRefilwe Nkomo
VANSA Group Admin
Also in the Maboneng Precinct, the Agog Gallery at 12 Ross Street prides itself on its collection of new and established Contemporary African artists, both local and international. Exhibitions have been somewhat curtailed due to the Covid-19 virus, so keep an eye on Agog’s Facebook page to check on upcoming shows. The AGOG is also home to The Nine Barrels Wine Bar & Restaurant and the Q Club whisky and gin bar, with the resident DJ providing background music.
Keyes Art Mile
Rosebank has grown! Keyes Art Mile hosts Art and Design galleries and exhibition spaces, showcasing local and international art as well as design, cafés, coffee-on-the-go, artisan eateries and a burger joint, as well as vibrant shops and spaces new to the Johannesburg scene, compliment the art-focused experience. There’s usually a street party every first Thursday of the month, with pop-up food stalls and music, and art galleries offering free events.
Wits Art Museum (WAM)
The Wits Art Museum (WAM) has one of the most significant collections of African art in the country collected over a period of nine decades, in addition to extensive holdings of contemporary South African art. The collection is now housed in a recently completed state-of-the-art building in Braamfontein with more than five exhibition spaces.
Independent art gallery BKhz is the brainchild of Banele Khoza; a change from more commercially styled galleries. Here you can expect to see some interesting art pieces while learning more about South Africa’s up-and-coming and lesser known artists. With Banele’s eye-for-detail visible everywhere, and his soft-spoken but discerning nature apparent once you meet him, this gallery is a must-see space for both locals and tourists. Viewing is by appointment, email email@example.com
Top Tip: BKhz
It’s in Braamfontein, the cool hub of the inner city, so a visit here makes sense in the context of the neighbourhood. The gallery is open on weekends to the public or by appointment.
When your feet won’t move another step and you’re dying of hunger, Artivist is your solution. An art-inspired restaurant, the menu is to die for with its never-fail proudly South African meals and drinks. The gallery upstairs expands the plethora of art on the restaurant walls with installations and changing exhibitions, and if you’re looking for a celebratory venue, there’s one right downstairs. All in all, you won’t find better for a cultured night out.