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AVA Gallery

The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. The gallery has been situated in these premises, in the heart of the city centre, since 1971, first as the Metropolitan Gallery, and then in partnership with Spier, who recently bought the building from Metropolitan.

AVA’s main priority and objective is the promotion and advancement of visual art and artists in South Africa, with particular emphasis on artists from the Western Cape, both established and emerging, formally trained and self-taught.

AVA achieves this goal in several ways. Firstly, AVA hosts exhibitions which change every three weeks. This means that our space is never without an exhibition. An artist does not need to be a member of AVA to hold an exhibition here. All work exhibited goes through a selection procedure. AVA has a selection panel who meet every two months. Any artist who wishes to exhibit at AVA must bring in works on the day of the selection meeting for the panel to re... [ Read all ]

Cape Town

South Africa
35 Church Street
Phone: +27-21 424-7436
Fax: +27-21 423-2637
Website: www.ava.co.za

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Current Exhibitions

in partnership with Spier

invites you to the opening of three solo exhibitions


To be opened by Siona O'Connell Doctoral Candidate at UCT researching a new imagining of the family archive



at the AVA Gallery at 6 pm
Monday, 24 January 2011
Exhibition Closes on Friday, 18 February 2011 at 1 pm

Dale Washkansky presents A Space Between in the Main gallery. As Washkansky locates himself in relation to the holocaust, his photographic works remind us to consider the individual within the enormity of genocide. Landscapes photographed by Waskansky in 2008 at two former concentration camps in Germany (Buchenwald and RavensbrĂĽck) are exhibited in relation to cyanotype prints on springbok hides . The different photographic material utilised amplifies the contrast of reality and memory, personal stories within public histories.
Maurice Mbikayi employs the Long gallery with Notre Peau (Our Skin). Mbikayi investigates the effects of technology on identity and history whilst unpacking the various ways in which the technologic... [ Read all ]

Forthcoming Exhibitions

21 February - 18 March 2011

Main and Long Gallery: Louis and students: Artists in the making
Artstrip and New Media: Sonya Rademeyer

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Submission Policy

Procedure for Applying for a Possible Exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Partnership with Spier
Thank you for expressing interest in exhibiting at AVA. In order to facilitate this process, this is the procedure. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to phone Kirsty Cockerill on 021 424 7436.
AVA has a selection committee who meet once every two months to review works submitted for possible exhibitions here.
You need to submit 6 to 8 original works for review by them. This must be your most recent work in the same medium/genre or, preferably, the work that you wish to exhibit at AVA. You are welcome to supplement your originals with visuals (see point number 3).
If you live too far away, or the work is too heavy or too large for transport, then you may submit 10 to 12 visuals of the relevant works. These may be either photographs, colour photocopies or digital PDF files but they must be annotated with the title of the work, medium used, dimensions and intended selling price (where possible). The committee will not review work on a website link and may request that originals be delivered before th... [ Read all ]

Press Releases

2006 Public Sculpture Competition
The first public sculpture competition funded by the JK Gross Trust in the early 1990s was won by John Skotnes with his piece, MYTHOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE, which stands in Thibault Square.

The second competition in 1998 was won by Brett Murray and his controversial sculpture, AFRICA, was erected in St George’ Mall where it intersects with Waterkant Street in May 2000.

The third competition which was awarded in 2002 to Fritha Langerman and Katherine Bull who produced COME TO PASS and was unveiled in 2004 at the intersection of St George’s Mall and Shortmarket Street.

The fourth and final public sculpture competition funded by the JK Gross Trust and Spier was won by Johann van der Schijff with his piece entitled ARM WRESTLE PODIUM, which is situated outside the Association of Visual Arts gallery on Church st.

These competitions were initiated by the J.K. Gross Trust with a view to making art more accessible to the Cape Town public by exposing them to contemporary art- making by some of South Africa’s most prominent sculptors. The regeneration of the inner city of Cape Town, for the b... [ Read all ]


AVA’s Artreach Fund

Application Procedure for AVA’s Artreach Fund
The Association For Visual Arts’ Artreach fund was founded by committee members in the late 1980s to help raise funds for various charities in Cape Town. In the 1990s it was transformed into a more focused fund for the financial assistance of visual artists.

Money garnered for this fund is placed in a separate bank account and administered by a special sub-committee of AVA who process written requests for aid. Each request in writing must be accompanied by a detailed, itemized budget supplemented by quotations, where relevant. Applicants should include details of their address and contactable daytime telephone numbers, as well as a full description of why they need the funding and how it will be used. A CV should be enclosed, if available. All applications should be addressed to: The Association for Visual Arts’ Artreach Fund and can be posted, delivered, e-mailed or faxed. Applications do not need to be in English. Xhosa and Afrikaans applications will also be considered.

Applicants must bear in mind that it could take a month before they receive ... [ Read all ]

Location And Getting There

35 Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa


Kirsty Cockerill and
Jeané Gerber

Opening Times

Weekdays 10am - 5pm,
Saturdays 10am - 1pm