Southern Guild Art Gallery Visit

We recently visited the new Southern Guild Art Gallery in the V&A Waterfront. What a fantastic gallery of local artist and crafts people to view! See below our 5 favourite creators.

Local-Art-Porky Hefer

Porky Hefer

Porky has made a great series of these nests of which some are in public spaces like the Company Gardens.

Quoted from the curator of the Southern Guild Exhibitions he encourages us to “sling off received wisdom and to make the acquaintance of our own”.

I would have loved to climb inside the sleeping pod, as the light falling through the straw and the leather bedding was very inviting!

Local-Art-John Vogel

John Vogel

This beautiful curved desk made from Iroko is so smooth to the touch with a soft timber feel. John likes to connect people with the world of nature.

His limited edition pieces were auctioned in Vienna this year at the Dorotheum which is one of the most important auction houses in the world.

Local-Art-Adam Birch

Adam Birch

These art pieces by Adam Birch are sculptural seats made by Eucalyptus and Jacaranda wood. His understanding of timber stems from his vocation as an arborist.

The seats are surprisingly comfortable and each piece is of course unique and formed so the essence of the tree is still felt.

Local-Art-Astrid Dahl

Astrid Dahl

As I do pottery I am even more blow away by Astrid’s work which is made of hand coils using white ceramic earthenware.

She has sold large scale  pieces all over the world from Switzerland to Singapore and her work can be found on The Collective by Charles Greig Africa.
Local-Art-Wiid Design

Local-Art-Laurie Wiid

Wiid Design

We have been following the development of Laurie Wiid Van Heerden and he has also been one of our favourite designers.

This cork and steel cabinets is one of the largest known pieces of cork furniture. The art work of Lionel Smit reflecting the ancestry of Cape history makes this a very powerful piece.

The hand painted steel bench is part of a series of benches which Laurie has been making and his iconic wood benches are the pieces that drew us to his work.


Image Credits: Bespoke Bathrooms