Cape Town’s AVA Gallery
Established in 1971, the AVA Gallery is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries and aims to promote visual art and artists in South Africa.
The AVA Gallery is a non-profit, socially engaged gallery that is also a public benefit organisation dedicated to supporting and fostering Cape Town’s artistic talent.
The gallery changes exhibitions every three weeks and can hold a maximum of four exhibitions at the same time, as there are four separate sections in the gallery.
The gallery exhibits formally trained professional artists, but also does valuable work promoting self-taught artists, who often come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
One of the AVA’s most exciting ventures in this regard is the Artreach fund, a crucial element in South Africa’s cultural milieu as it aids artists with material needs that are fundamental to their careers – such as studio rental, visual literacy, exhibition expenses and education programmes.
AVA Gallery and Art Center offers a vibrant, year-round art education program for individuals of all ages, ranging in ability from novice to professional. Classes for Adults and Teens introduce participants to the creative process, teach basic drawing skills, offer students exposure to media ranging from watercolor to sculpture and encourage the pursuit of advanced study in areas like oil painting, printmaking and digital photography.