Established in 1912, the Everard Read Gallery is Africa's oldest commercial art gallery. The exhibition space can be found on Jellicoe Avenue in Rosebank, Johannesburg, a short walk from the Gautrain station from where you can reach OR Tambo International Airport by high-speed train in just 20 minutes.
Until the late 1970s the historic Everard Read Gallery was based in downtown Johannesburg, where it was one of the most radical and forward-thinking artistic spaces in the city. To this day the gallery continues to be a leader in the local contemporary art scene, promoting the works of upcoming and established South African artists. Regular temporary exhibitions showcase some of the finest collections of South African and international art across a variety of genres and mediums. Sculptures, paintings, lithography, multimedia works, crafts, photography, installations and performances. The list of featured artists is comprehensive and prestigious.
Structure and architectural highlights
An example of post-modern architecture, the gallery building in Rosebank is a work of art itself. The exhibition space is built around a classic 1920s house which was initially a family residence. There are four exhibition areas, a garden and a courtyard dotted with sculptures and original features from the old building are mixed with modern lighting and glass facades. Full of light and space, the gallery is very modern while also retaining a sense of history.
In 2009, the CIRCA building was developed alongside the gallery, an additional gallery that has been internationally recognised as an outstanding contribution to South African architecture and whose exhibitions continue the Everard Read tradition of promoting Johannesburg’s most talented artists.
Admission and visiting hours
- Admission is free
- Open Monday – Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Closed on Sundays