Buying Art & Artefacts Craighall Park, Rosebank Region, Johannesburg

Most Galleries are closed Sundays and Mondays. For up-to-date news in the local arts scene go to ArtsLink. The Mail and Guardian has an arts section in its Friday Supplement.

Inner City Studio Collectives

These initiatives are all in quite gritty parts of town, so it is advised to go with a local. Once a year these studios are opened to the public in an art fair weekend which coincides with the Latitudes Art Fair at Shepstone Gardens and usually takes place during the last weekend in May.

Initially called Open Studios this initiative has now been rebranded ContraFair. These studios are worth visiting as there is some very interesting work being produced by these artists – a great way to start collecting.

The "Art Strip" in Parkwood and Parktown North
  • Goodman Gallery 51 Chester Rd cr Jan Smuts Ave 011 788 1113
  • A real must-do is Kim Sacks Gallery for exquisite African art and artefacts. (even if just to look!) 153 Jan Smuts 011 447 5804
  • David Krut 140 Jan Smuts Ave 011 880 4242 Excellent publisher of local contemporary art books as well as running a very good print studio.
  • Everard Read 6 Jellicoe Ave Rosebank 011 788 6805.
  • Circa which is linked to the Everard Read and is across the road; a must see contemporary gallery space. If you can, don’t miss the view from the top floor
Other galleries
  • Art Africa, Parkview 62 Tyrone Ave Parkview (very good selection of ethnic artefacts and gifts; really great stuff) 011 486 2052
  • Amatuli regularly gets shipments in of artefacts from countries to the north of us in Africa. 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville JOHANNESBURG t+27 11 440 5065. Opening times Mon-Fri 8.30-5.30; Sat 9.00-2.00; Every Sunday 10.00-2.00
  • Great for reasonable entry level collectors: Artist Proof Studios founded by Kim Berman and Nhlanhla Xaba in 1991, is an Art Education Centre that specializes in printmaking. they hold regular exhibitions of their artists’ works which sell for very affordable prices. Several artists who trained at Artist’s Proof Studios have gone on to exhibit internationally. They are currently at 1 Harrow Court – 1st Floor, Isle of Houghton, 36 Boundary Road, Houghton Estate.

For details of further galleries see A Quick Guide to Joburg’s Main Art Galleries.