Home to a wide range of cultural experiences, Hout Bay is a small fisher-town that also offers visitors access to a wealth of local art and artists. We encourage you to spend a gorgeous spring morning taking your own gallery tour in Hout Bay, and then join us at EAT at Hout Bay Manor for lunch, and enjoy choosing from our beautifully put together menu as well as taking in our sometimes quirky, Afro-European interior decor and original artworks that will make you feel like you are in a contemporary art gallery. If the weather is fine you can enjoy lunch al fresco under shady plane trees or beside the pool.
The Hout Bay Gallery was established in 1984 and specialises in the work of South African artists and sculptors. It houses A large collection of eclectic art that is continually refreshed, with new pieces of contemporary art introduced to the collection.
The Sembach Gallery is ensconced in the vibrant precinct of Hout Bay’s Bay Harbour Market housed within a unique shabby chic-meets-industrial space. The gallery specialises in contemporary South African art, with most of the featured artists local to Hout Bay, ranging from emerging talent that has been tutored on location to seasoned professionals, honouring the centre’s commitment to community upliftment.
Red Room Contemporary Art Gallery was founded in 2012 to serve as a pioneering artistic platform from which unique, contemporary African art is exposed to the greater international art market. Red Room sources and showcases African works of art created by artists from across the continent, providing them with a means to market and profit from their talent and personal brand.
Ghubagallery was founded in 2007 and is owned by Nel Luyendyk who has always been fascinated by the art of Africa, and has developed an impressive realistic technique in her own African portraiture which has a fine-finish depth to it. The artists featured in her gallery all show pieces worked to a high level and know how to attract the eye for the beauty of African Art.
Osner Gallery in Hout Bay features a private photographic collection that can be viewed by appointment. It showcases a permanent, collaborative exhibition by father and daughter Martin and Samantha Lee Osner who are currently showing their collections entitled Riverie and Nèvè, respectively.
AMAZING LOCAL ARTISTS
Original T Bag Designs has grown from small two-woman beginnings into being a self-sustaining business that employs 20 crafters from Hout Bay’s Imizamo Yethu township, and supports their extended families throughout South Africa. Both International and local tourists can visit their Hout Bay workshop and enjoy a tour during which they meet the artists who produce Original T Bag Design’s unique works of art.
Chenjerai and Mambakwedza Mutasa are two talented Zimbabwean artists who are growing in acclaim, applying their craft to creating sculptures from objects and materials most of us would happily discard without a second thought. The brothers’ canvas can include old car parts, wire, wood or any piece of material they see as holding aesthetic potential. The two run a workshop in the Harvest Centre in Hout Bay harbour and have had their sculptures viewed by art enthusiasts from around the world.
THE BRONZE LEOPARD OF HOUT BAY
“The bronze leopard of Hout Bay” was sculptured by artist Ivan Milford-Barberton, completed in 1963. It can be seen sitting on its rock pedestal on the approach to Chapman’s Peak Drive via Hout Bay. The sculpture is a memorial to the many wild animals that once roamed the mountains of the peninsula. The last leopard was seen in Hout Bay in 1937 on Little Lion’s Head.