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The Spier Art Collection

The Spier Art Collection is one of the largest contemporary collections of South African art in the country.

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We believe the visual arts are a powerful tool for transformation – sparking new insights and inspiring us to engage with our world in new and imaginative ways. It’s for this reason that Spier supports and stimulates the arts community in South Africa through projects that honour our African art heritage and enriches its future.
Established 1996

A few key facts

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Artworks on display

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Artworks are displayed in Spier’s historic Cape Dutch buildings, meeting rooms and spaces of the Spier Hotel

Outdoor sculptures

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Large-scale sculptures add visual interest to the landscape while providing artists with a platform for their unique artistic expression.

CULTURE AS CATALIST

THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION

Many of our cultural projects are managed by the Spier Arts Trust, which was established to generate shared value for the makers and buyers of South African art. Through curating art portfolios and managing visual arts projects, the trust facilitates collaboration as well as growth opportunities for visual artists and artisans in South Africa.

Sculptures and artworks from the Spier Art Collection – a significant contemporary art collection mainly comprising works from the post-Apartheid era – can be encountered throughout our farm. Works are rotated continuously to give exposure to as many artists as possible and allow visitors and staff to enjoy the full extent of the collection.

Spier was awarded the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Chairman’s Premier Award in 2014, recognising its sustained and extraordinary commitment to arts in South Africa. This award is made at the discretion of the BASA Chairman and only during years when nominees are deemed exceptional.

The Spier Art Collection

The Spier Art Collection is an extensive collection of more than 3200 contemporary Southern African artworks. At any given time, roughly 1000 artworks are on display in Spier’s meticulously restored Cape Dutch buildings, throughout the Spier Hotel, and even outdoors.

In order to share the art collection with a broad audience, we run an exhibition programme that partners with young South African guest curators. Curators are cultural practitioners who frame their own ideas and narratives, using the rich stories that emerge from placing artworks together in specific places. These curated exhibitions using artworks from the collection take place annually on the farm, but are sometimes also invited to travel to other parts of the country.

Spier’s Manor House currently showcases Occupants of the Inhabited, an exhibition of works by artists including Athi Patra-Ruga, Billie Zangewa and Igshaan Adams, and excerpts from selected artist interviews. Guest curator Kefiloe Siwisa says: “The works have been selected to challenge the Manor House’s spatial history, exploring and acknowledging the physical and psychological impact of colonial architecture and how it sits in this moment of postcolonial movement, making, and transformations.” The works invite viewers to consider the complexities of heritage preservation, recent appropriations, and repurposing of colonial sites.

The Old Wine Cellar is home to Disrupt, a temporary exhibition featuring 101 art books created by the Riebeek Kasteel-based artist Emma Willemse.

In addition to acquiring works from artists’ studios, galleries and auctions, the Spier Art Collection includes large-scale commissioned pieces from selected artists, including Paul Emanuel’s Transitions, which was exhibited at Spier before being exhibited internationally.

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Spier Constellations 2021

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CONSTELLATIONS returns to Spier this summer

04 October 2021

In association with Third World Bunfight, Spier presents the second iteration of ...

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TOP SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS SHOWCASED AT OUR MANOR HOUSE

10 December 2020

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I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom Art Exhibition

31 August 2019

Featuring more than 35 works from the Spier Collection, the I See U art exhibition will be ...

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“Uthomi”, a new mosaic sculptural fountain, installed at Spier

11 June 2019

Spier is now home to Uthomi, a large-scale mosaic conceptualised by Mozambican artist ...

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Emerging Illusionistic Bend: an intriguing new arrival

26 March 2019

Spier’s rich collection of contemporary sculpture has grown with the arrival of Rodan Kane ...

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The singing stones of Spier

11 January 2018

Artist Jenna Burchell has transformed twelve ancient rocks into interactive sound ...

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Must-see artworks at Spier - Part 2

26 June 2017

From Spier's public spaces to displays in the Manor House and wine shop, art is as much ...

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Ouroboros: remnants of a rhino reborn

07 March 2017

An intriguing new artwork made of bones has been installed at Spier on the banks of the ...

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Visit the Spier Mosaic Kraal, South Africa’s first outdoor mosaic exhibition

20 February 2017

From February 2017, visitors arriving at Spier Wine Farm will be greeted with the country’s ...

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Must-see artworks at Spier - Part 1

11 August 2016

From Spier's public spaces to displays in the Manor House and wine shop, art is as much ...

Basa Awards

Spier wins the BASA Chairman’s Premier Award

26 August 2014

On Monday, 25 August, Spier was awarded the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) ...

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New art installations at Spier

07 November 2013

Spier aims to support projects that we feel acknowledge our African arts heritage, protect ...

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Cianfanelli brings dying slave to life

04 September 2012

In the wake of the completion of his acclaimed sculpture of Nelson Mandela, a new work by ...

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Energy

As part of Spier’s commitment to a self-sufficient and sustainable future, we’re constantly looking at ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conserving wildlife through education

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

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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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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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The Creative Block Project

Curate your own collection by established and emerging artists to create a vibrant collage expressing contemporary South Africa.

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Outdoor Mosaic Installations

The mosaic artworks at Spier were created by students and graduates of the three-year Spier Artisan Apprenticeship Programme, which ran from 2008 to 2020.

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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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The Spier Nursery

The Spier Nursery was established to propagate and grow indigenous trees and plants that are specific to the region to re-introduce these onto the farm.