Admire beautiful art at Everard Gallery - Africa's oldest commercial art gallery
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Everard Read- Rosebank
Friday is upon us yet again which means that it is time for yet another 947 Joburg Gem. Today is a completely new experience for Noni and Melody as they found themselves at Everard Read Johannesburg– the oldest commercial art gallery in Africa. Established in the young mining town of Johannesburg before the city had roads; the gallery celebrated its centenary year in 2013.
To ensure that the gallery adheres with the necessary safety protocols, all persons visiting must wear a mask at all times, sanitise frequently and maintain social distancing. Visiting the gallery is by appointment only during lockdown. If you would like to book an appointment, or speak to a gallery curator or artist without leaving your home, please contact them using the details below:
Phone: 011 788 4805
As the Crew walked into the gallery, they were greeted by a massive golden sculpture of two rabbits while waiting for Stephanie to walk them through. Noni and Melody were quite intimidated by this experience as they have never walked into a gallery before, but Stephanie was exceptional at helping them understand the art world.
The current exhibition titled TINY2020 runs between 21 July - 9 September 2020. It showcases art pieces that are 20cm by 20cm - a play on the year 2020. The word TINY in the title talks to how we as a society have always thought that “bigger is better” yet Covid-19 has reminded us to focus on the small, the tiny.
The gallery represents a number of pre-eminent artists, including phenomenal women like Lady Skollie (designer of the new R5 to commemorate 25 years of constitutional democracy) and Deborah Bell (one of South Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists). Other artists include Blessing Ngobeni (Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts 2020) and Nic Bladen (creates botanical sculptures from organic material like bronze).
If you are looking to purchase Southern African art or looking to do something different, make sure you add Everard Read to your to-do list. Follow them on Instagram @everardreadjohannesburg and Facebook (Everard Read Johannesburg) to keep up to date with their exhibitions and artist news. Do not forget to subscribe to their mailing list to received exhibition catalogues, newsletters and exhibition invitations.