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Art Route puts Stellenbosch's art on the map

The Stellenbosch Visio magazine and Stellenbosch 360 have been working alongside the town's creative community to create a map of its art offerings. The Art Route map features the public and private collections of galleries, museums, craft markets, foundries, sculpture gardens, and open-air public art exhibits in the town centre and nearby wine estates.

The easy-to-navigate illustrated map reveals a treasure trove of works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Ephraim Ngatane, Dylan Lewis, Marlene Dumas, JH Pierneef, Cecil Skotnes, Lionel Smit, and George Pemba.

The creative team behind the new map expects it to play a key role in boosting awareness of Stellenbosch’s rich cultural heritage and art history, while also increasing tourism interest in each of the sites and supporting local artists’ ongoing work.

“Stellenbosch has indeed become the art capital of South Africa. Its scenic and architectural beauty, vibrant communities and university life provide a natural canvas for artists and crafters alike to explore, enabling them to innovate and create to their heart’s desire,” says Annemarie Ferns, CEO of Stellenbosch 360, the local tourism authority.

Hanlé Hill (tour guide of Stellenbosch), Zintle Magazi and Andi Norton (both of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculture Trust) and Dr Mike Mavura (lecturer at Stellenbosch Academy of Design)

The official launch of the Stellenbosch Art Route map was held on 6 November 2018 at the SMAC Art Gallery.

The Stellenbosch Art Route map is available at the Visitor Information Centre, museums, and art galleries, and online at www.stellenboschvisio.co.za.
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