Top Art Galleries To Visit In Pretoria

A  classy painting is often the perfect piece of décor that seamlessly ties a newly renovated living space together. Whether you’re an art buff or a total newbie, pop into these art galleries to cultivate your cultured side and get some expert decorative – and investment – art advice.


Fried Contemporary

Fried Contemporary, founded in 2005, is one of the leading art galleries in Pretoria. Under the direction of Dr David Thom, this contemporary gallery showcases a curated collection of South African art. A visit to Fried Contemporary can be exceptionally valuable if you are looking for expert advice on purchasing or collecting South African art. You are likely to find artworks by well-known artists Alexis Preller, Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, Walter Batiss, Gerard Sekoto, David Goldblatt and Robert Hodgins, to name but a few. Some of the contemporary creatives whose work is regularly on display include Carla Crafford, Dylan Graham, Rina Stutzer, Thabo Pitso and Vusi Beauchamp.

Inspired by the creative hotbed of emerging local talent, the gallery has launched an annual “Young Collectors” exhibit that focuses on providing a platform for the next generation of homegrown artists.

Details: 1146 Justice Mohamed Street, Brooklyn / 012 346 0158 /

House of Art

If you’re looking for art investment advice, art connoisseur Albert Korff is your guy. Together with his team at the House of Art gallery, knowledge and expertise is shared in a way that is suited to the personal style of each art-loving client. House of Arts has been actively involved in the fine, decorative and investment art industry for nearly 20 years, which means that a House of Art’s recommended artwork is a beautiful buy that is also bound to grow in value. House of Arts showcases a selection of South African oil and acrylic paintings, and also has a framing service.

Details: Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn / 012 997 4764 /

Long Street Art Lovers 1932

Long Street Art Lovers 1932 is a community gallery that aims to create a relaxed environment where visitors can view exhibitions and feel free to ask questions about all aspects of art. Art Lovers 1932 deals in contemporary art, paper and printed works, as well as handmade (and pretty affordable) jewellery.

Details: 198 Long Street, Waterkloof / 012 346 6593 /

Trent Gallery

Trent Gallery is a well-known, intimate gallery that deals in contemporary art, old masters and offers an art-framing service as well. Located right next door to Art Lovers 1932, Trent Gallery and Art Lovers 1932 often collaborate on exhibition initiatives.

Details: 198 Long Street, Waterkloof / 012 460 5497 /

The Showroom Art Gallery

Ilze du Preez, manager and owner of The Showroom art gallery, offers reputable and experienced art advice. She is passionate about helping ordinary people find good art, and for the last 19 years she has done just that. Contemporary South African artists whose work is available at The Showroom are Adele Potgieter, Amos Langdown, Helena Wagenaar, Mies, Pieter van der Westhuizen and Munro, among others. The gallery itself is a trendy, urban space that makes a trip to The Showroom a chic outing.

Details: Plot 78C, Leander Way, Olympus / 012 991 2374 /

The Chris Tugwell Gallery

The Chris Tugwell Galleries have been showcasing South African art for the last 50 years. Tugwell himself is a recognised local artist and the selection of art displayed in his gallery includes oil and acrylic paintings, ceramics, sculptures and exclusive bronzes. The latest exhibition from this renowned art gallery includes works by Anton Gericke, Solomon Omogboye, Terry Vorster and Zenza Siamenda, to name but a few.

Details: Shop 313, Brooklyn Mall / 012 346 0925 /

Elno Art Gallery and Coffee Shop

Elno Art Gallery and Coffee Shop offers visitors an artsy haven from the hustle and bustle of Centurion. This Cape Dutch-style gallery showcases artwork by leading South African artists as well as fresh, up-and-coming talents. Elno Art Gallery’s selection of artwork represents a variety of styles, and mediums, offering experienced and prospective art investors a range of options.

The coffee shop adjacent to the Elno Art Gallery, Café ArtCibo, has some of the best coffee in the city and a variety of not-too-bad snacks.

Details: Gouws Avenue, Centurion / 082 562 1370 /

By Jana van der Linde