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

 

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

A group exhibition of work by Eastern Cape female artists in celebration of Woman’s Month 2021

Dates: 29 July – 14 October 2021 for public viewing

isiqalo esitsha-new beginnings

A group exhibition of work by interior design programme students from the department of architectural technology and interior design, nelson mandela university.

This exhibition showcases the third years’ work and first year of Advanced diploma student’s designs. The exhibition itself brings new life to iconic historical buildings in Port Elizabeth through interior design interventions.  The third years focused on the adaptive re-use of the GFI Art Gallery – an iconic Art Deco building and Richley House – the beautiful Victorian Lady in Cape Road known for all her ghosts that still visit today. Students were tasked to repurpose the buildings by adapting them into Boutique style Hotels. The Advanced diploma students showcase their design ideas and bring new life into the old buildings in the city. Displays also include product design proposals to complement their design schemes and concepts. 

Students Exhibiting: Abigail Cloete, Anthony Mothiba, Celine Renze, Chandré van der Merwe, Dylan Jansen, Entle Vantyi, Kaitlyn Dubber, Kerryn Nel, Maricke Zwiegers, Yane Fischer, Zikhona Magcakini

Dates: 17 Sep – 7 Oct 2021 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

OUT OF THE BLUE : Showcasing work on fabric from the TAPE & The Keiskamma Art Project: 28 October – 24 November 2021

CREATIVE BLOCK & EASTERN CAPE CERAMICS

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