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Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery & Clay Museum

Where Culture & Leisure Meet -

Blue car by Koos de Wet

The well-established Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery showcases works of art by established and emerging artists. There are three exhibition spaces at Rust-en-Vrede.

The main gallery consists of two rooms and are referred to as Salon A and Salon B. Salon C is in the entrance room, which is a more informal space used for small solo- or group exhibitions.

The Coffee Shop @ Rust-en-Vrede serves light meals during the day and can cater for small evening functions.
Visit the various studios: Piet-my-Vrou Mosaics, Grace Beads and Whitehorn Jewellers, for that special something!

Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 and Saturday 09:00 - 13:00.
( The exhibitions change monthly and are freely open to the public. )

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The Clay Museum

The museum contains an exclusive, mainly contemporary collection of South African ceramics that represents the various techniques of making, decorating and firing.

This is highly appropriate to Durbanville’s history of having some of the best clay quarries and brickfields in the Western Cape. It was this aspect of Durbanville’s past that inspired the foundation of a Clay Museum, which was the first of it’s kind in South Africa. Maartin Zaalberg was the chairman of the Clay Museum sub-committee who initiated the drive for the Clay Museum. It was officially opened on Sunday 26 October 1986, by the well-known master potter, Esias Bosch.

The display is continually augmented with new work and also includes the “Oude Meester” Collection, Linn ware and ethnic pottery.

We work in conjunction with the Ceramics SA (Western Cape) who also uses Rust-en-Vrede as their administrational address.

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Durbanville Craft Market

Over the years thousands of craft lovers have visited the well known Durbanville Craft Market.

It takes place on the first Saturday of the month as well as every Saturday during the December festive season.
It runs from 08h30 until 14h00 and is located under the age old Oaks in the beautiful gardens of the National Heritage, Rust en Vrede Estate, in Wellington Road, Durbanville.

Here you can leisurely wander through approximately 200 stalls displaying a variety of unique handmade articles such as pottery, needlework, decoupage, paintings and much more.

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Sanlam Art Collection

Sanlam Art Collection
The Sanlam Art Collection, established in 1965, is one of South Africa's finest collections of South African Art. With holdings of more than 2000 items by some of South Africa's most valued and emerging artists the collection provides a representative overview of South African art dating from the late nineteenth century to the present. Sanlam continues to acquire works by South African artists to broaden the representative character of the collection.

For more information on the Sanlam Art Collection a series of illustrated articles by Amanda Botha are being published at under Sanlam / Litnet Ons Kunserfenis or contact the curator.

Curator: Stefan Hundt
Tel: 021 947 3359 / 083 457 2699

Sanlam Art Gallery
A selection from the collection is on exhibition in the Sanlam Art Gallery located in the Sanlam Head Office in Bellville. With only 2% of the collection on display at any time the exhibition is changed on a bimonthly basis. The Sanlam Art Collection regularly organises exhibitions that travel to Arts Festivals and public art galleries throughout South Africa.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30
Tel: 021 947 3359 / 021 947 3165
Entry is free

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