Listen to the introduction of Solo Studios on Fine Music Radio.
Following the resounding success of the inaugural event in 2016, Solo Studios has become an annual event on the South African arts calendar.
Hosted in and around the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, Solo Studios is a collaboration between artists, art curators and galleries based in the area, and has been created to provide an opportunity for art collectors to visit artists in their studios to view and purchase their art. Mostly private and reclusive, the artists invite the fraternity into their personal realm for a rare intimate encounter.
18 Artists' Studios + 6 Galleries + Creative Activities & Events
Solo Studios was conceptualised to be an intimate, personal and exclusive art encounter that allows people the rare opportunity to meet acclaimed artists in their, otherwise, very private spaces.
It is not another ‘Arts Festival’. You will not find a flea market or beer tents at Solo Studios, for example. We are welcoming visitors to experience our village life as it normally exists, but with just a little extra zing, and of course the very rare opportunity to enter the personal realm of our colony of acclaimed artists. Klaus Piprek, event founder & organiser.
The 2019 event takes place over an extended long weekend, Friday 9 August being Women’s Day. Potential visitors are therefore encouraged to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Accommodation for the long weekend would also need to be secured as soon as possible. Visit our preferred accommodation partner for accommodation choices: RoomsInRiebeek.co.za for online accommodation bookings in the Riebeek Valley.
GUEST COLLABORATORS 2019
SAFM radio personality MICHELLE CONSTANT was until recently CEO of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), and is the Patron of Solo Studios 2019.
KEFILOE SIWISA holds an MFA in curating from Goldsmiths University in London and a BA in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Cape Town. She is the curator of Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg.
DR. MIKE MAVURA has a PhD in Politics from Rhodes University and extensive experience of working on art projects and curatorial practices. He is Visual Art lecturer and Change Agent at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design.
KHANYISILE MBONGWA is a Cape Town based independent curator and award winning artist, and is Chief Curator of the Stellenbosch Triennale.
ANDI NORTON is a strategic development consultant specialising in art and education, and is a founding member of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST) and the Deloitte KickstART programme.
From completing an MFA and being awarded a Museum of Modern Art Residence in Dublin, GABRIEL CLARKE-BROWN established the SA Print Gallery, and is the editor of Art Times Magazine.
Internationally renowned ceramic artist and Fellow of Ceramics SA, ANN MARAIS’ works can be seen in museums in South Africa, France and Italy.
DIANA WILLIAMS is currently Vice Chair of AVA (Association of Visual Arts) and founder of Art Trails, a tour guiding business providing insight into the current contemporary art scene.
PIETER SWART is Director for Special Projects at Stellenbosch University. He serves on the Boards of GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth and the Stellenbosch Art Museum.
JP MEYER swapped corporate life for that of a student at the Foundation School of Art in Cape Town, graduating at the end of 1999. Since then he has been painting full-time. He lives and works in Porterville.
WALKS & TALKS
Read more about specific events, guided walks and the panel discussion by our 2019 Guest Collaborators on the Walks & Talks page.