The Spier Art Collection

Since 1996 Spier has been active in a number of programmes that have greatly impacted the visual arts in Africa. Having built its brand around a belief in sustainability and social responsibility, its own art collection and creative development programmes are conceptualised around these key values.

Curated and guided by Yellowwoods Art, Spier’s aim is to realise and motivate others in a long-term commitment to the visual arts. In practice this goes beyond purchasing only works of great quality for “the art collection” itself, but extends by means of the total intervention to embracing the artists as individuals, and endeavouring to significantly impact upon the cultural welfare of the African continent.

This online gallery invites visitors to explore the depth and dynamism of Spier’s art programme. Featuring stories as they relate to current and past exhibitions, upcoming launches and publications, important artists to follow, invitations to participatory programmes and news of recently acquired artworks, this online resource will form an active and accessible archive of Spier’s many arts related activities.

A rotating selection of artworks is on public display in the new and restored Cape Dutch buildings of the Spier estate and a more formalised programme of solo exhibitions is curated to pay tribute to works occupying pride of place in the collection. For example, while on show at the Spier Old Wine Cellar Gallery (2009 - 2010) Paul Emmanuel’s touring museum exhibition TRANSITIONS welcomed approximately 2500 visitors, directly after which the exhibition opened to rave reviews at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington. Curated exhibitions can now be found at Spier’s Wine Tasting Centre, the Hotel Lobby Bar areas, and at the recently restored Old Kitchen adjoining the Werf.

In addition to its collection of South African art, Spier has a wide-ranging and active involvement in the visual arts through a number of ongoing arts initiatives featured here.