Art Galleries & Sculpture Gardens in the French Corner
In addition to being a hotspot for haute cuisine and fine wine, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to a thriving art scene. Art galleries and sculpture installations practically line Huguenot Street – Franschhoek’s main thoroughfare – while many of the valley’s wine estates maintain their own collections of artworks and sculptures, which the public are invited to peruse. So, whether you’re an “art fundie” or want to impress a date, here is a sampling of some of Franschhoek’s best-loved art galleries and sculpture gardens….
Abe Opperman Gallery
+27 (0) 82 551 9708, Abeopperman.co.za
10 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
The Franschhoek branch of the Abe Opperman Gallery (of which there are three) was opened in 2019. All three galleries exclusively display Abe’s artwork and have received much acclaim. Using mostly black and white, sometimes with the appearance of very symbolic patches of colour, Abe aims to re-awaken our senses to the world we so often take for granted and to re-ignite our passion for a life filled with treasures.
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Art in the Yard
+27 (0) 21 876 4280, Artintheyard.co.za
38 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Art in the Yard (AITY Gallery) was born from a number of serendipitous moments and meetings of artists and space. The aim of the gallery is to give focus to artists with fresh ideas whilst still holding true to skilled craftsmanship. Art is selected from upcoming, local and international artists.
+27 (0) 21 876 4477, Ebonycurated.com
32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Marc Stanes, Dewald Prinsloo, and Leonard de Villiers co-founded EBONY/CURATED in 2007 and they now have three galleries in Franschhoek and Cape Town dedicated to a program of contemporary and modern African art including specific design pieces. The gallery has held a number of significant solo and group exhibitions and regularly participates in local and international art fairs.
Everard Read, Franschhoek
+27 (0) 21 876 2446, Everard-read-franschhoek.co.za
20 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Established in 1913, Everard Read is Africa’s oldest commercial gallery. With galleries in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, and Franschhoek, all with rigorous exhibition programmes of South Africa’s leading modern and contemporary artists, they pride themselves in giving the broadest possible exposure to the dynamic and vibrant visual art emanating from South Africa.
Grande Provence Sculpture Garden
27 (0) 21 876 8600, Grandeprovence.co.za
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek
The Gallery at Grande Provence is considered to be one of the most highly regarded galleries in the Cape, with a reputation for showcasing some of South Africa’s finest established and emerging artists. Regular exhibitions are held with the major disciplines being shown throughout the year. The Sculpture Garden has a continually evolving collection of monumental works in a variety of media.
La Motte Art Museum
+27 (0) 876 8000, La-motte.com
La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek
Permanent host to the heritage collection of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, the La Motte Museum also presents other temporary exhibitions. Currently, guests can enjoy the exhibition Land Rewoven, comprising a considered body of work by MJ Lourens in conversation with selected paintings of JH Pierneef from the La Motte Museum collection. The museum is also the departure point of the Historic Walk and Sculpture Walk.
Leeu Estates Sculpture Garden
+27 (0) 21 492 2222, Leeucollection.com
Leeu Estates, Dassenberg, Road Franschhoek
Take a guided tour of the gardens interspersed with strategically placed artworks at Leeu Estates. Analjit Singh, the Leeu Collection’s founder, personally curated the collection, which features predominantly life-sized bronze sculptures by Angus Taylor, Deborah Bell, Dylan Lewis, and Otto du Plessis, among other well-known mainly South African artists.
+27 (0) 21 876 4402, Manzart.com
30 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Holden Manz’ art collection is located in the centre of Franschhoek and hosts a portfolio of fine contemporary African art. The gallery schedules regular shows and has a resident selection of work from renowned artists such as Karin Miller, Marie Stander, Stuart Redler, Cecil Skotnes, André Villiers, Luhandri Bekker, and Simon Annand.
ODA Fine Art Gallery
+27 (0) 21 876 3809, Odagallery.co.za
42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
ODA is an inspiring double volume gallery space situated in the centre of Franschhoek, focusing on emerging and established artists from the African continent. “Our ethos is consistent: promote this generation of artists from the African continent, nurture talent, and surprise collectors by innovative exhibitions, unprecedented professionalism and quality.”
+27 (0) 21 876 3301, Fineartportfolio.com
21 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Established in 2006, the elegant and contemporary Vineyard Gallery is a modern, light, and bright space with a comprehensive selection of South African art, including landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, African and township art, and abstract and post-impressionist art. The gallery also boasts the largest permanent exhibition of the world-famous Ardmore Ceramics in Franschhoek and the greater Cape Winelands.