Artisan Gallery is located in a curious converted house that dates back to 1926, situated in Morningside District – the epicenter of Durban’s social scene. ‘Artisan,’ which stands for ‘Arts in South Africa Now,’ features works in contemporary fine art with a focus on eclectic handmade artwork, including jewelry, hand-painted fabrics, prints, glassware, and wood. In addition, it represents many of the country’s award-winning ceramicists such as Ann Marais, Cath Price, and Sandy Godwin. Artisan Gallery has showcased the most exquisite and representative handcrafts of South African artists for over 20 years, and has become an unmissable venue both for art collectors and art enthusiasts.
Artisan Gallery, 344 Florida Road, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 312 4364
The Dodds Gallery is located in the middle of an extensive plant nursery, focused on showcasing the work of both emerging and established local South African artists. Names such as Anton Benzon, Dianne Erasmus, Kobus Kotze, Nicki Chovu Chovu, Charmaine Eastment, Tony de Freitas, and Helena Wagenaar are among the 63 artists The Dodds Gallery represents. The gallery hosts a new exhibition every six weeks, and introduces the work of renowned artists who have never had solo exhibitions before.
The Dodds Gallery, 281 Vause Road, Berea, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 220 2041
BAT Centre (‘The Bartel Arts Trust’) exhibits temporary shows by young, emerging, mainly black artists and craftspeople. This arts and culture community center overlooks the harbor in Durban’s Victoria Embankment and promotes local talent, encouraging their work, training their skills and opening markets for them, with the main aim of celebrate South Africa’s unique cultures and encourage cross-fertilization. This multi-purpose arts center is a vibrant hub for visual and performing arts and has become a popular venue for poetry and music gigs. It also hosts short courses, workshops and seminars on a continuous basis. The focus of the center is local arts, culture, crafts and entertainment that reflects the Zulu, Indian and western heritage of KwaZulu-Natal.
Bat Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 332 0451
The African Art Center, in the center of Durban, has provided thousands of artists and craftspeople with opportunities to develop their talents for over 50 years. This center is devoted to support the creative efforts of black, youth and disadvantaged artists, living in the poorest communities and craving recognition for their work. The gallery showcases the best of traditional and contemporary South African art and craft, including handmade ceramics, paintings, works on paper, sculpture and embroidery. The African Art Center hosts training workshops and exhibitions to promote individuals and community groups and has a focus on the preservation of traditional craft skills while encouraging innovative and contemporary trends.
African Art Center, 4 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 312 3804/5