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The 10 Best Places to Buy Art in Cape Town

Havana Dauncey
· January 17, 2024
The 10 Best Places to Buy Art in Cape Town

Cape Town, with its inspiring landscapes and vibrant cultural scene, has long been a haven for artists and art enthusiasts alike. The city boasts a rich tapestry of galleries, markets and studios where you can find a diverse array of artworks that capture the spirit of this dynamic city centre.

If you're looking to decorate your living space with a piece of Cape Town's artistic soul, here are some of the best places to buy art in the Mother City.

1. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)

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Nestled in the heart of the iconic V&A Waterfront, Zeitz MOCAA is a groundbreaking institution that has redefined the contemporary art landscape in Cape Town. Housed in a repurposed grain silo, this architectural marvel not only showcases remarkable contemporary African art but also provides an exceptional space for art enthusiasts to acquire pieces from both emerging and established artists.

The museum's shop is a treasure trove of limited-edition prints, sculptures and other unique pieces that make for distinctive additions to any art collection.

2. The Old Biscuit Mill

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For a more unique and bohemian art-buying experience, head to The Old Biscuit Mill in the trendy Woodstock neighbourhood — a popular activity for many Capetonians. This lively market is a hub for local artists and designers, offering a diverse range of handcrafted goods, from paintings and sculptures to jewellery and textiles.

The Neighbourgoods Market, held every Saturday, is particularly famous for its vibrant atmosphere, live music, good food, craft beer and the chance to meet the artists behind the creations.

3. AVA Gallery

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Established in 1971, the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery has played a pivotal role in promoting contemporary South African art. Found on the historic Church Street, this gallery is known for its commitment to showcasing new talent alongside established artists.

AVA Gallery's regularly changing exhibitions feature a wide range of mediums, including painting, photography and mixed media. At the gallery's shop, you can purchase curated pieces, contributing to the support of the local art community .

4. StateoftheART

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A visit to StateoftheART in the city centre promises a curated selection of contemporary South African art. This gallery focuses on promoting fresh up-and-coming artists and making art accessible to a broader audience. The collection spans various styles and mediums, ensuring there's something for every taste.

StateoftheART's online platform also makes it convenient for art enthusiasts to explore and purchase pieces from the comfort of their homes, connecting artists with a global audience.

5. Artvark Gallery

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Established over 23 years ago by Theresa Jo and CP Wessels, Artvark Gallery in Kalk Bay presents a diverse collection of classic and contemporary Southern African art. Specialising in paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and unique custom-made steelworks, the gallery has become a favourite for art enthusiasts and tourists in Cape Town.

Beyond its varied offerings, Artvark contributes to community development and artistic resources. Explore various artistic themes and mediums while appreciating the distinctive steelwork sculptures that set Artvark apart.

6. Goodman Gallery

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Goodman Gallery, with famous branches in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London and led by owner Liza Essers since 2008, stands at the forefront of artistic innovation. With a roster of over 30 international artists, including Ghada Amer and Yinka Shonibare CBE, the gallery creates a dynamic conversation within African and post-colonial contexts.

Beyond its artistic pursuits, Goodman Gallery is a catalyst for social change, supporting healthcare NGOs and advocating for human rights in South Africa, having raised an impressive R25 million for charitable causes since 2003.

7. The Bay Harbour Market

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Located in the picturesque Hout Bay, The Bay Harbour Market is an electrifying weekend destination for art lovers and bargain hunters alike. The market is a melting pot of creativity, with local artists showcasing their works alongside live music and delicious food stalls.

This is the perfect place to explore and engage with artists directly, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the inspiration behind each piece before making a purchase.

8. Eclectica Contemporary

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Eclectica Contemporary, based on Church Street, positions itself as an African gallery with a global vision. The gallery curates a carefully selected collection that explores diverse issues in our interconnected world. The diverse collection includes paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations, making it an ideal destination for those seeking art that goes beyond aesthetics to address societal issues.

Eclectica Contemporary celebrates the depth of artistic expression on the continent while contextualising it for a growing international audience.

9. Spier Arts Trust

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Venture out to Stellenbosch , a scenic drive in the Cape Winelands , to discover the Spier Arts Trust . This institution not only supports local artists but also provides a platform for international collaborations. The Spier Arts Trust offers a diverse range of artworks, from traditional to contemporary, housed in a spacious gallery surrounded by the lush vineyards of the Spier Wine Farm.

Visitors can explore the art on display and also witness the creative process by visiting the artists' studios on the premises, all while enjoying a delicious wine tasting and a thrilling segway tour through the vineyards.

10. SMAC Gallery

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SMAC Gallery, found in the heart of the city, stands out as a significant player in the Cape Town art scene. Known for its commitment to contemporary art that pushes boundaries, the gallery represents a diverse range of artists working in various mediums.

SMAC Gallery provides a platform for thought-provoking and innovative artworks, making it a must-visit for those seeking cutting-edge pieces that reflect the pulse of the city's artistic evolution.

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