RK Contemporary was established in 2017, benefitting from the curators long standing
experience in the industry. It specialises in high-end, collectable, contemporary artworks,
produced by local and internationally renowned artists, as well as lesser-known emerging
artists. We bridge the gap that exists between contemporary art and its audience –
creating an understanding of how today’s visual arts express social, cultural and
environmental issues in our changing world.
The collections of artworks housed within RK Contemporary are carefully curated and
presented to the public in a series of meticulously planned exhibitions throughout the
year. In selecting artists for exhibitions, the curator focuses on selecting works which
send powerful personal, social, cultural and/or environmental messages which can
meaningfully connect with its audience. This ensures a steady flow of high-quality visual
experiences, right here in the Riebeek Valley -only an hour’s drive to Cape Town!
The Riebeek Valley has a high concentration of professional artists and is known and
registered as an ‘Arts Town’. Many of these artists have national and international
reputations and their works form part of prestigious collections such as the Spier Arts
Trust. RK Contemporary is privileged to have represented many of these artists. The
gallery is also a partner to the annual event, Solo Studios, a bespoke open studios art
experience (www.solostudios.co.za). This event is currently in its fifth year and attracts
collectors and art enthusiasts from around the country.
In addition to hosting regular exhibitions, RK Contemporary also encourages partnerships
between educators and artists. It welcomes proposals from creative individuals or groups
to present fresh ideas of contemporary work. It is also dedicated to offering the gallery as
a non-commercial project space for experimental ventures by established and emerging
artists. For the past 4 years RK Contemporary has provided an outlet for The Creative
Block, administered by the Spier Arts Trust. Buyers include private individuals, patrons
and corporates, collecting and growing their blocks to create a single ‘work’ that
“honestly and sometimes brutally expresses contemporary South African society.” –
quote Spier Arts Trust.
RK Contemporary has benefited from exposing its offerings on social media through
Instagram and Facebook.
The up to date and user friendly website www.rkcontemporary.com showcases the latest
exhibitions, artists represented and current artworks for sale, making it accessible to
people all over the world.
32 Main Street.