What Is It?

Africa’s Art Collective will proudly showcase over 500 pieces of magnificent work from 130 African artists. The collection will feature exquisitely crafted African artwork, including sculptures, drawings, paintings and sketches – all lovingly created with local materials. The latest Art Collective will be on display at the Mall of Africa in Waterfall City in partnership Julie Miller Investment Art Institute.

Africa’s Art Collective has undoubtedly led the charge in artistic technological innovation on the continent by recently introducing 3D virtual tours of each art collective, available to view online. This unprecedented move has allowed art lovers across the continent and indeed the world to break the barriers of distance and explore the Africa Art Collective’s exquisite pieces online.

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Art lovers will be able to purchase art directly from the expo through the sales lounge at the Mall of Africa or online. Entrance to the exhibition is free, which will occupy the entire upper level of the Mall, on level five. Entry level art is priced from around R300 per piece upwards and will have something for everyone – from young people wanting to start investing in art, to seasoned investors. The collection can be viewed on the Julie Miller Investment Art International website.

When Is It?

Thursday, 19 September 2019 - Sunday, 13 October 2019.

Where Is It?

Mall of Africa, Lone Creek Cresent and Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For More Information

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The Javett-UP Art Centre - Home of the Art of Africa

The highly-anticipated Javett-UP Art Centre opens its doors to the public in September 2019. Situated at the University of Pretoria South Campus, this central arts centre is determined to become the official home of the art of Africa. This is a place for all - whether you are a seasoned gallery visitor, an art student or just interested in learning more about art. The only requirement here is that visitors have a genuine interest in and respect for African art.

The Javett-UP Art Centre encourages visitors to go on a journey through the great art of Africa. While this journey is often difficult, it is one we all need to take. It allows us all to gain a better understanding of our past, present and future. It is this showcasing of our cultural heritage which sets this new art centre apart from all others. As Gauteng's new cultural hub, the Javett-UP Art Centre is a must-visit.

Javett-UP Art Centre

Preparing for the official opening on 24 September 2019

Heritage Day Celebrations

Javett-UP welcomes its first visitors with a fantastic family-fun celebration. Marking the gallery's official opening, Heritage Day 2019 just got a whole lot more interesting. Rather than the usual braai, swim and sleep, come through to the gallery for four ground-breaking exhibitions!

The first exhibition features a collection of 101 signature works of South African art. Selected from collections around the country, this is the perfect place to start off your tour. Moving on, the second exhibition features an impressive collection from the Javett Family Collection of South African modern art. Visitors can then admire an exhibition of significant gold pieces from the Mapungubwe Gold Collection, after which follows AngloGold's Barbier-Mueller Collection, featuring more than 350 items of gold from West Africa!

Besides these marvelous art displays, Javett-UP will also be entertaining families with food stalls and live entertainment. Partnering with the awesome Market @ The Sheds to bring you the yummiest gourmet food and craft drinks galore. So, bring the kids along for a Heritage Day unlike any other.

Entrance to the gallery is free between Tuesday, 24 September and Sunday, 29 September 2019. However, you must book tickets to receive the guided tour and entrance to the market. Click here to book your tickets.

Gautrain Shuttle Service

Don't stress about hauling the family into the car for the long journey to Pretoria. You can catch a direct line from Johannesburg to the Javett-UP Centre via the Gautrain! Hop onto Gauteng's favourite rail service from Rosebank, Park Station, Rhodesfield or OR Tambo International Airport, and make your way to the Hatfield station in Pretoria. The Gautrain shuttle service will run from 10:00 to 18:00 between the Hatfield station and the Javett Art Centre for your convenience.

We'll see you there!

Javett-UP Art Centre

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or give them a friendly follow on social media to stay up to date with events:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JavettArtCentre/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/JavettUP 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/javettup/

Contact the Javett-UP Centre on 012 420 2586 or via email at [email protected].

Details: University of Pretoria's Hatfield campus, 23 Lynnwood Rd, Elandspoort, Pretoria.

What Is It?

The Standard Bank  Arts Gallery invites you to attend the "40 Years of Collecting: Celebrating the Standard Bank African Art Collection" exhibition. This showcase celebrates the remarkable partnership between Standard Bank and the University of the Witwatersrand. Together, they have built one of the largest classical African art collections in the southern hemisphere. The exhibition showcases the grand artistic and cultural heritage that connects us all as Africans across borders. It is curated by Dr Same Mdluli.

For a detailed tour of the exhibition, join the gallery for a walkabout on either Saturday, 8 June, Saturday, 22 June or Saturday, 29 June 2019. All walkabouts will start at 10:00.

When Is It?

Monday, 13 May - Sunday, 7 July 2019. 

Gallery opening times:

Mondays to Fridays - 08:00 to 16:20

Saturdays - 09:00 to 13:00

Where Is It?

Standard Bank Gallery, Corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, JHB CBD.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For more information

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

If you were looking for a truly interesting - and possibly strange place to visit - look no further than the Kwa-Khaya Lendaba or Credo Mutwa Cultural Village in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto. Created by renowned author, artist and traditional healer, Credo Mutwa, the cultural village offers an outdoor museum celebrating African art, culture, and folklore.

In order to understand the meaning of the site, you have to know about its maker. Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa is known as the “awakener of the Zulus” and was appointed to Mutwa during his initiation as a sangoma. Mutwa means ‘little bush man’, and Credo means ‘I believe’. He has become a figure of international prominence for his beliefs in extraterrestrials, claiming that he has been a victim of an alien abduction.

According to Newdawnmagazine.com, “Mutwa claims that much of the knowledge he now possesses – of art, science, medicine, engineering and so on – can be attributed to the fact that when he was a child, he was taught by “strange companions.” These “little people,” he says, some of whom were blue in colour, used to make their presence known to other children as well. In fact, “all African children used to see such things.” Thanks to the help of these beings, he says, he was often more knowledgeable than some of his teachers at school.”He is also said to have had psychic powers, which is how he came to predict the AIDS epidemic in 1976, three years before it was officially discovered by US scientists.

The cultural village itself seems a prolific manifestation of Mutwa’s beliefs and prophecies and the site is filled with sculptures and symbols relating to Mutwa’s teachings, in the endeavour of reawakening Africa's traditional beliefs and rituals. It is  a unique and almost eerie place to visit.

Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

The sign at the entrance reads: “Kwa-Khaya Lendaba, the home of the story. Enter in peace." This place is no mere museum or tourist attraction, it is a holy place where African cultures, religions, and indigenous sciences are recorded and preserved in picture form. All visitors are expected to respect the grounds, as they would any other place of religion. All liars, fools and skeptics must please keep out. A curse lasting seven years shall befall on all who destroy any part of this place.”

So enter at your own peril. We can promise you, it will be an experience to remember.

Where Is It?

991 Bochabela Street, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto.

Have you ever been to Kwa-Khaya Lendaba Cultural Village? Tell us about it in the comments section below!


Mark Valentine of Amatuli Artefacts has it tough. When I asked him what his business focus was he answered simply, “I’m a collector, and I’ve turned my hobby into my business.” He started some 20 years ago and has developed his passion from acquiring African artworks to collecting from all over the world. This means that he travels extensively, and he will shortly be leaving for a trip into outer Mongolia. He keeps extending his boundaries in search of the original and the unusual, and avoids Trade Fairs because “then you end up with the same things as everyone else!”

He has recently moved his business premises from Bramley to Kramerville, where he has two large showrooms fronting a spacious warehouse. I picked my way between and over a vast collection of different items that included carved giraffes, crocodiles and fish, wall hangings, grass baskets, unique and attractive benches, arrows, spears and knobkerries, carved figures and masks, horns and wooden antelope heads, large mirrors, wooden flasks and casks, jewellery, beadwork, pictures and a whole lot more. One of my favourites was the dugout canoes which fascinated me. I wondered what my family would say if they found one in the pool, filled with lush green plants shading some drinks and snacks!

Mark says that their business is split almost half and half between local and international outlets, with a small percentage of individual buyers. They send out between 200 and 300 items every day and their business has continued to flourish recently despite the general economic downturn.

amatuli artefacts

What appealed to me so much was that I was not looking at curios that were mass produced in a factory somewhere for the tourist trade. Many of the items that I studied seemed to bear the imprint of the person who made them. They told a story of culture, beliefs, craftsmanship or rugged usefulness. There was something of life about many of them, a life that involved individuals with their hopes and fears, pains and joys. Spears were for hunting or defence, not for show, and on some the rough shafts bore the stains of use. Arrows looked as if they had known flight and impact. Small figures had a symbolic meaning. Heavy, carved round stones were for protecting the grain bins, and small pipes were for smoking. Behind each was a person, many knowing poverty and hardship, who were making their own way along the journey of life. I would never meet them, but a part of their life had impacted mine and needed to be respected.

If you are interested in history, people, Africa and unusual crafts and items you will take pleasure in wandering round. And if you are fortunate enough to find Mark there you will enjoy talking to him and hearing some of his stories. For those looking for something different to put in their homes or offices, something that has a story behind it, you might well find it here.

Keep your eyes on Kramerville. Mark tells me that a local version of 44 Stanley Road is being planned!

Some things only empty the wallet – others extend the mind and spirit.