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Supporting arts

Art is as much a part of Spier as good food and wine. It sparks ideas and insights. It’s true to say that art can catalyse change in societies. We love the idea that collections of contemporary art stand as living legacies of South Africa’s heritage, with all its complexity and challenging narratives.

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Much of our art collection can be seen on our farm. It’s displayed in our buildings and gardens for everyone to enjoy. We rotate works and curate them in fresh ways to ensure all the artists we support get their well-deserved spotlight.
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OUR FARM: ONE BIG, LIVING GALLERY

Guided by Dick Enthoven's vision, the Spier Arts Trust has become the lifeblood of art at Spier. Dick believed in the transformative power of art, deeming artists as the cultural torchbearers. Today, the Spier Arts Trust helps to find and fund South African talent from Port Elizabeth to Polokwane, nurturing emerging South African artists through projects like Creative Block.

Every piece of art we invest in fuels the dreams of its creator. Because for us, art doesn't just inspire— it moves and it shapes.

In 2014, our unwavering dedication to arts was honoured with the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Chairman’s Premier Award. This award is granted at the discretion of the BASA Chairman and only in years when nominees are deemed exceptional.

From our Blog

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Patrick Bongoy turns trash into art in his latest exhibition

09 February 2024

The planet is under stress, marked by chaotic weather events and depleted resources. The ...

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An icon made of mielies: Decoding Wim Botha’s “Mieliepap Pietá”

22 January 2023

Wim Botha’s sculpture, Mieliepap Pietá, is one of numerous striking artworks on display in ...

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Download Spier’s celebration of summer playlists

27 October 2022

The sounds of our farm are already captivating: birds singing, chickens clucking, goggas ...

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New mosaic pays tribute to the unacknowledged and unnamed

29 April 2021

Our Mosaic Kraal is now home to a new installation: Spier History Trails.

Explore all our initiatives

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Nurturing nature

Our land is holistically farmed to create a diversified, balanced ecosystem with minimal impact on the environment.

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Spier Food Garden

In our food gardens, Megan McCarthy teaches members of disadvantaged local communities how to grow food using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques.

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Pack for a purpose

Pack for a Purpose invites visitors to Spier to fill spare space in their luggage with much-needed books, stationery and other educational supplies for disadvantaged young students

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An ethical supply chain

We ensure integrity throughout our supply chain by monitoring the agreed commitments in our Spier Supplier Ethical Code of Conduct, which includes compliance with all relevant labour, health and safety and environmental legislation.

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Reducing and reusing water

100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled using a centralised wastewater treatment plant installed in 2007.

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Agents of change

Because each employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, every new member of our team participates in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges.

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Skills development

Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which seeks to educate and employ disadvantaged youth in the wine industry.

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Conserving wildlife through education

Spier supports Eagle Encounters by donating land, electricity and water for its facilities.

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Harambee youth employment accelerator

Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative that sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs.

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Teaching the value of waste

100% of our organic waste is transformed into organic, nutrient-rich fertiliser and more than 97% of our solid waste is recycled.

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Living Soils Community Learning Farm

Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers.

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Tree-preneurs

Living in some of the province’s most impoverished communities, Tree-preneurs are taught how to care for indigenous trees and plants.

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A new generation of growers takes root

In our food gardens, Megan McCarthy teaches members of disadvantaged local communities how to grow food using eco-friendly and regenerative techniques.

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Carbon & climate

Spier is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and nurturing healthy, carbon-rich soils.

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Helping local start-ups thrive

Spier helps entrepreneurs — many of the former employees — to launch and successfully run their own small businesses.

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Living Arts Foundation

Housed in The Shed at Spier, the Living Arts Foundation (LAF) is a non-profit aiming to connect, uplift and empower the Lynedoch Valley’s communities through arts, creativity, physical movement and personal development.