Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery, founded in Johannesburg in 1913. Everard Read, Cape Town, opened its doors in the Victoria Wharf, V & A Waterfront, in September 1996. Although the original premises were small, a dynamic gallery was created, designed to maximise the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience. The response has been phenomenal from both artists and collectors, and we are now proud and grateful to consider ourselves an important contributor to the already vibrant cultural life of Cape Town.
In 1999 we began looking for larger premises, better suited to displaying fine art. We acquired a simple Cape vernacular building with a garden in Portswood Road in the Waterfront precinct, and with renowned South African architect, Revel Fox, transformed it into an elegant, understated gallery replete with sculpture courtyard and custom-designed bronze gates by Guy Du Toit and David Brown.
A close working relationship with our Johannesburg gallery ensures that the Cape Town gallery has access to the finest works from abroad and around the sub-continent. We also take particular pride in discovering and sustaining a growing stable of Cape-based artists which we in turn feed to our Johannesburg gallery.
The Gallery is also available as a venue for exclusive events. The perfect location for an intimate function, the Gallery can accommodate 100 - 120 people standing, or 80 seated.