About Association for Visual Arts
The Association For Visual Arts (AVA) in partnership with Spier, is one of Cape Town’s oldest non-profit art galleries, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. The gallery has been situated in these premises, in the heart of the city centre, since 1971, first as the Metropolitan Gallery, and then in partnership with Spier, who recently bought the building from Metropolitan.
AVA’s main priority and objective is the promotion and advancement of visual art and artists in South Africa, with particular emphasis on artists from the Western Cape, both established and emerging, formally trained and self-taught.
AVA achieves this goal in several ways. Firstly, AVA hosts exhibitions which change every three weeks. This means that our space is never without an exhibition. An artist does not need to be a member of AVA to hold an exhibition here. All work exhibited goes through a selection procedure. AVA has a selection panel who meet every two months. Any artist who wishes to exhibit at AVA must bring in works on the day of the selection meeting for the panel to review. Their decision is made by majority vote. No feedback is given and their decision is final. It should be noted that being a member of AVA does not guarantee an artist an exhibition here. As the gallery space is divided into three sections, three exhibitions can be held simultaneously and these three shows all share one opening function.
AVA fundraises through Thundafund.com (www.thundafund.com/project/avagallery). Money garnered from this portal is placed in a separate bank account and is administered by the AVA's selection committee. The purpose of AVA’s Artreach fund is to assist visual artists with their art-related needs.
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