Events like First Thursdays in Cape Town and Johannesburg have highlighted the fact that in order for artists to showcase their art to the public, it is necessary to bring the public to the art (bring the art to Mohammed, so to speak).
The quaint Karoo village of Prince Albert is a haven for those with a passion for living their best life, and perhaps this is the very reason why the town boasts such a rich concentration of artists, all masters of their crafts in their own right. Being well versed in the art of hosting big bashes and entertaining visitors, the artistic community was soon to follow suit with its own special event.
From Thursday, 5 to Sunday, 8 July, the entire village transforms into one big art gallery with Prince Albert Open Studios… with a twist.
Why it’s really special
“What makes Prince Albert Open Studios unique is that art lovers and anyone looking for an authentic experience not only get to browse a large selection of world class art all over our delightful town, but to also go to the actual work spaces of our local artists. Here, one gets to view the art pieces and also meet the artist in person!” Says Brent Phillips-White, owner of the Prince Albert Gallery.
“Imagine going to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and having a little chat with Van Gogh about his thought process while painting The Starry Night. Prince Albert Open Studios is your chance to add a piece of art to your collection that will always have a special, unique story to tell,” says Phillips-White. “It will feel like it isn’t only the art that speaks to you, but that you got to speak to the art too!”
What’s more, the entire event lasts for the duration of four days, so you won’t feel pressured to move from one exhibition to another as fast as possible so as not to miss anything. There’s ample time to experience it all!
What to expect
From local films to metal forgery, hand-woven rugs to calligraphy, photography and paintings, there really is an amazing variety of exhibitions on show – all-in-all twenty two, to be exact.
For a full list of the artists and exhibitions, Click here.
And besides the art…
Prince Albert is internationally renowned for a variety of attractions.
“While you’re in town, be sure to explore the area to get a first-hand understanding of just why our artists are always super inspired,” Phillips-White says.
Pack a picnic basket, fuel up and go explore the iconic Swartberg Pass, visit the local olive and wine farms, take a cooking course, enjoy fantastic cycling routes, and eat and socialise at the village’s first-class bars and restaurants.
“To get the complete Prince Albert Open Studios experience, you’ve got to eat, sleep and breathe what our village is all about,” says Brent Phillips-White.
For more information about activities and events in and around the village and to book accommodation for Prince Albert Open Studios, visit Prince Albert Tourism’s website at www.princealbert.org.za. Plus, check out Facebook (@PrinceAlbert.WesternCape), Twitter (@prince_albert_tourism) and Instagram (@PrinceAlbertZA).