Nelson Mandela Bay
South Africa

GFI Art Gallery

About Us

The Ron Belling Art Gallery was established in 2000 in Port Elizabeth. The focus has gradually shifted over the years with the changing times and the growing interest in the visual arts arena. The Gallery name has since been changed to the Gutsche Family Investment Art Gallery (GFI Art Gallery) and the building has over the years been sensitively adjusted to accommodate its ever changing role.

The Gallery is a landmark building on Park Drive in Port Elizabeth and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the city. In 1936, Axel Stockelbach, then managing director of Ford South Africa, commissioned the first woman Architect to qualify in South Africa, Gertruida Brinkman, to design his house, “Ridgewood”.

The house was purchased in 1988 by Port Elizabeth businessman, Philipp Rowland Gutsche Senior. On his death in 2000, leaving behind a legacy of charity and goodwill, it was his wish that the residence be converted into an art gallery.

The purpose at the time was to house the Ron Belling Military Aviation Collection of Oil Paintings which had been acquired by the Gutsche family.

To this day Mr Gutsche’s daughter, Dorothea Moors, chairs the Gallery Board and together with the Board Members and Gallery Staff, Mr Gutsche’s legacy is upheld through the passionate promotion of visual arts in the Eastern Cape and beyond.

Current Exhibition

 

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

Mature Woman Series by MARGOT MUIR

If we cannot redefine the illusions of misogyny, youth culture and the mirror surface of consumer advertising, we will misunderstand that each mature woman holds within her a strident reality, a voice and an unequivocal life.

Each portrait seeks to be both liberating and defining of each individual. And it is purely documentary work, hardly directed other than to request each to choose their most comforting, their most favourite space, in their home. The project addresses the systemic absence of older woman.  Their presence in this series, their individualism celebrated, and their chosen environments amplify and expand our perceptions of them.  Irrevocably, mature women are determining a widening space where patriarchy has no foothold.

Each image serves to both confirm, celebrate (and disrupt) the accepted concept of maturity.

Dates: 29 July – 6 September 2022 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

SARAH WALMSLEY SOLO: 15 Sep – 18 Oct 2022

LIESL DUTHIE SOLO: 27 Oct – 29 Nov 2022

CREATIVE BLOCK 2022: 8 Dec – Jan 2023

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