The newly developed Silo District at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town has become the lifestyle centre of contemporary art and design with the opening
of the Zeitz MOCAA, the most representative collection of contemporary art from Africa ever displayed under one roof.
In addition to the Zeitz museum, upmarket shops, restaurants and outdoor sculptural displays adorn the district.
ZEITZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AFRICA (ZEITZ MOCAA) is the largest and newest contemporary art museum in Africa. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the museum is the result of a unique not-profit partnership between V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, focusing on collecting, preserving and exhibiting cutting-edge art from across the continent. The grain silos have been brought back to life with breath-taking contemporary architecture that reimagines a prominent expression of Cape Town’s industrial heritage. The museum’s aims are to collect, preserve, research, and exhibit twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; host international exhibitions; develop supporting educational and enrichment programmes and encourage intercultural understanding. Over one hundred galleries are dedicated to a permanent collection.
Continuing on the design and art theme, the Silo District hosts SOUTHERN GUILD – Africa’s leading design store of furniture, decorative arts and sculpture.
Across the road from the shopping area is DONALD GREIG FOUNDRY housing his world renowned sculptures, where one can view live ‘pourings’ of his wildlife bronzes in his workshop and foundry.
Leading art gallery EVERARD READ GALLERY in Portswood Road was originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913. Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery. The gallery in Cape Town opened its doors in the V&A Waterfront in September 1996 and CIRCA Cape Town across the road from the original gallery in November 2016. An important contributor to the already vibrant cultural life of South Africa, Everard Read/CIRCA maintains a strong and unique identity for itself.
Continue wandering through the V&A Watefront and view Claudette Schreuders’ sculptures of South Africa’s four Nobel Laureates including Nelson Mandela.