Where to explore 44 Stanley’s Art Scene

03 May 2024
44 Stanley has created a vibrant urban community that houses carefully curated spaces to pique every food, art and entertainment lover’s interests. The complex's unique offerings include several fascinating local art venues.
Here's a look at where to explore 44 Stanley’s scene. 

The Atelier 

Inside The Atelier's gorgeous framing studio

Nestled on the East side of 44 Stanley (across Bean There Coffee), The Atelier is a specialist framing studio offering a bespoke framing service as well as artist talks and a large selection of prints and books for sale. Collectors are treated to a variety of limited edition pieces from print studios such as The Artists' Press, 50ty 50ty, Artist Proof Studio, Warren Editions, David Krut Projects, and Artthrob. The Colour Jar, TATE, Nosy Crow, Jacana, Fourthwall Books and Maker are among the literature and art brands and collections that can be found on sale. 
Open Mon – Fri 09:00  – 16:30. Sat, Sun 09:00  – 15:00.

The Gallery

Art lovers enjoy the opening of the exhibition "Between Image and Text" at The Gallery

An extension of The Atelier, The Gallery is a collaborative, artist-run space curated by artist Chloë Reid and includes exhibitions, residencies, screenings and other forms of creative collaboration. Brimming with pieces by some of South Africa’s intriguing emerging contemporary artists, The Gallery often invites guests to walk about the space with the creatives whose works are on show. Stay in the loop about the latest catalogues, events, exhibitions and collaborations on The Gallery’s Instagram page
​​Open Mon – Fri 09:00-16:30, Sat, Sun and public holidays 09:00-15:00. 

The Library of Things We Forgot To Remember by Kudzanai Chiurai

The Library offers a sonic adventure with vinyl records from across the continent

Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai digs deep into private African art collections to curate an archive of audio-visual pieces to showcase at The Library of Things We Forgot To Remember. The interactive space regularly welcomes contributors, aptly known as ‘Librarians’, who reimagine and present iterations of the archive through exhibitions that feature materials such as vinyl records, posters, paintings and more. The Library encourages guests to bring their own set of headphones to explore the available sound experiences. 
​​Open 10:00-16:00. Closed Sun-Wed.


Artist Admin

The Artist Admin team carefully packages artworks for shipping from Johannesburg to Upington 

An essential spot for artists and creatives in need of administrative support, Artist Admin offers artists administrative support ranging from shipping and eCommerce to exhibition management and production. The services offered by Artist Admin cater to creators specialising in multiple disciplines and their clients include musicians, painters, illustrators, photographers, videographers, designers and even coders. 
Open Mon – Fri 09:00-17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

The Bioscope

The Bioscope's courtyard is a great spot to hang out after a movie and show

There is always something to look forward to for film enthusiasts in the city, thanks to The Bioscope. The independent cinema attracts a diverse crowd with its screenings of indie, arthouse, documentary, African films and other events such as cabaret, comedy and even new plays, that challenge the commercial movie circuit. The space also has a gift shop in the lobby, where one can buy movie-related memorabilia such as books and posters Limited Edish store T-shirts (many of them movie inspired) designed by brilliant illustrators and The Bioscope's founder Russell Grant. 
The Limited Edish shop at The Bioscope is open 09:00-17:00.

Drum Archive Shop (BAHA)

Vintage print collectors have plenty to choose from at the Drum Archive Shop 

Bailey’s African History Archive (BAHA) honours South Africa’s iconic Drum Magazine with its extensive collection of iconic images from the magazine's archive. Located in the central courtyard, the archive store embodies and extends the authentically South African essence of the historic publication through posters, prints, greeting cards and T-shirt sales emblazoned with original Drum imagery. 
Open 10:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-16:00, Sun 10:00-15:00.


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