When travelling, nothing connects us more to our surroundings than getting to know the history of its people, and one of the best ways to do this is through art.

Fine art lies at the heart of South African boutique hotel, Ellerman House. Sitting in a quiet residential area of Cape Town, just ten minutes from the centre of the city, its location is perfectly poised to capture the essence of the ‘Rainbow Nation’.

With works spanning over two centuries, Ellerman House’s art collection tells the poignant story of South Africa and shines a light on its future. With a theme of social commentary, the hotel has just released it’s Art Collection book, with a preface written by owner, Paul Harris, titled ‘The History of My Country’. Inside, the pages help guests unlock the meaning behind the artworks featured in the property, helping visitors understand the complex social and political climate of South Africa.

Ellerman House: Where Art Lives

Art in Cape Town

The traumatic history of Apartheid is deeply ingrained in the consciousness of many South African artists. The pain of the era and the turmoil of its dismantlement has been vocalised by art playing an important role in social change. Its vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty also provides a palette of inspiration, making Cape Town a flourishing hub for art creation.

As a result, there is a fantastic range of art galleries in Cape Town to explore. From fine art to contemporary works – and everything in between – the city buzzes with creativity, offering plenty of spots to appreciate the impact of art.

Ellerman House offers its guests a number of tours through the finest galleries, led by their own expert art guide, who can also gain behind-the-scenes access. Tours can also be tailor-made to each guest’s interests, incorporating the Winelands, design and aspects of the city into their itineraries.

If you are planning to visit South Africa next year, the Cape Town Art Fair will take place from 16th to 18th February 2018, showcasing contemporary works, screenings and discussions from the region’s most exciting artists. See the highlights from last year’s fair below:

Cape Town Art Fair

If you love art hotels, see our interview with the General Manager of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort to learn how he curated his art collection for the resort.

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