Art-Tours — customised public art tours in Johannesburg
Art-Tours are customised for small groups of people interested in exploring the wide range of public artworks in the inner city.
Jo'burg city has been investing in art works installed in public spaces that celebrate the heritage, pride, joy, passion and people of the city. Visitors can explore the vibrancy of the city through artists' eyes.
Bié Venter, your guide, is an exhibition specialist involved in the production and installation of many of these public art projects and is closely connected to many of the artists in the city. Through prior arrangement visitors can meet artists at August House - Bié's loft apartments and artist studio development downtown.
Visitors can also explore the contemporary art galleries, couture salons and design shops clustered on the northern edge of the city. Options include: Goodman Gallery, Momo, Everard Read, Circa, Art Space, Arts on Main, Co-Op, David Krut, Strangelove, David Tlale, Black Coffee, Julian Décor, Dokter and Misses.
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Duration 5 hours
Rate pp R1025 or 2 people R950 each or 3-5 people R650 each
Includes collection from guest house or hotel
Superb lunch venues are recommended at cost to patrons
Tour 1 — The Braamfontein Spruit Art Tour
The source of the Limpopo river wells up in Johannesburg's inner city, and from it flows Jozi's spirit linking the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Enter the city from the North along Houghton Drive and view these public art works:
- Optic Garden — Maja Marx and 26'10 south Architects
- The Messenger — Marco Cianfanelli
- Angel of North — Winston Luthuli
- Miner's monument — David MacGregor
- The Players — Ernest Ullman
- Eland — Clive van den Berg
- Governor's House Tree — Americo Guambe
- Braamfontein Trees — Claire Regnard with students from Imbali Visual Literacy Project
Tour 2 — The Newtown Tour
Newtown is home to the Market Theatre and the pulse of African Jazz which is celebrated by artists across the precinct.
Enter the city from the West through the Fietas Subway and view these public art works:
- Ghandi Memorial — Usha Seejarim
- Johnny Walker Pioneering Spirits of Jazz Monument — Iain Thomas
- Banner of Hope — Truus Menger
- South African Mine Workers Union Sculpture — Andrew Lindsay
- Memorial to Brenda Fassie — Angus Taylor
- Tribute Kippie Moeketsi — Guy du Toit and Egon Tania
Visit Bag Factory Artist Studios by prior arrangement, the Market Photo Workshop Gallery; Xarra Book Shop; and the precinct's craft, jewellery and clothing market. The tour ends with an authentic South African food experience at Gramadoelas Restaurant.Back to Top
Tour 3 — The Resistance Art Tour
Our struggle for freedom and democracy is commemorated by various artists in a range of media and moods across time.
Enter the city from the North over the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and view these public art works:
- Firewalker — William Kentridge and Gerard Marx
- Metro Mall Public Artwork Programme including Mbongeni Buthelezi, Ezekiel Budeli and Andrew Verster.
- Paper Pigeons — Maja Marx
- Simakade: Memorial to Deaths in Detention — Kagiso Pat Mautloa
- Tribute to Walter and Albertina Sisulu — Marina Walsh
- Impala Stampede — Herman Wald
- Leopard sculpture — Dylan Lewis
Tour 4 — The August House Art Tour
August House, an inner city artist studio development, is at the vanguard of the city's creative rejuvenation, and from its steps unfolds many public art works.
Enter the city from the North-East and view these public art works:
- Transport Square Art Works — Dokter and Misses and Andile Mswangelwa
- Fashion Square — Paul Cooper and Landi Raubenheimer
- Von Brandis Statue — David MacGregor
- Duma Nokwe — Lewis Levine
- Motsepe Building — Fanuel Motsepe
- Newspaper vendor — Russel Scott
- Mohandas. K. Ghandi — Tinka Christopher
- Jewel City Gateway Artwork — Sheperd Ndudzo
August House artists studio visits are possible by prior arrangement.Back to Top
Tour 5 — The Hillbrow Art Tour
All are at home in Hillbrow, the city's cultural melting pot and the public artworks welcome us to celebrate our heritage as Africans and as citizens of the world.
Enter the city from the North along Joe Slovo Drive and view these public art works:
- Courage — Richard Forbes
- Bontle ke Bothle and Creative Inner City Initiative mosaic balls
- Wind Vanes — Dave Rossouw
- Joe Slovo Bridge Mosaic — Andrew Lindsay of the Spaza Gallery
- Battle of Ellis Park — Khula Udweba and Spaza Gallery
- Invented Mythologies — Doung Anwar Jahangeer
- Pullinger Kop Waterfall
- Hillbrow Wayfinding — Ilse Pahl, Vulani Shongwe, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Charles Morwape, Shime Senetla, Jabu Tshuma
- Elevator — Richard Forbes
Visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The tour ends with lunch at the Sunnyside Park Hotel or downtown Ethiopian Restaurant.Back to Top