Nelson Mandela Bay
GFI Art Gallery
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.
THE CREATIVE BLOCK
Colourful, contrasting and ever-evolving, the Creative Block collection is the result of a one-of-a-kind initiative. Each unique Creative Block artwork represents one of more than 250 participating artists; their individual stories, subject matter, and style. It’s when they’re displayed together that they create something magical – a rich and striking expression of South African culture.
REGIONAL CERAMIC EXHIBITION
CERAMICS SOUTHERN AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE
Founded in 1972, Ceramics Southern Africa is the official representative body of potters in Southern Africa. The objective of the association is to promote ceramics in Southern Africa by improving the work being produced and to foster an interest in ceramics by the general public. This is done by presenting workshops and organising exhibitions regionally and nationally.
Dates: 3 Dec – 18 Jan 2022 for public viewing
NANDO’S CREATIVE EXCHANGE: 27 Jan 2022 – 1 Mar 2022
SONWABISO NGCAI CERAMIC SOLO: 10 March – 18 April 2022
LWANDO LUNIKA & SIMON VENTER: 28 April – 31 May 2022
ASANDA KUPA SOLO: 9 June – 19 July 2022
MARGOT MUIR PHOTOGRAPHIC SOLO: 28 July – 6 Sep 2022
SARAH WALMSLEY SOLO: 15 Sep – 18 Oct 2022
LIESL DUTHIE SOLO: 27 Oct – 29 Nov 2022
CREATIVE BLOCK 2022: 8 Dec – Jan 2023