AVA35 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
The AVA had its origins in the South African Fine Arts Society, The Association for Visual Arts is a non-profit, membership-based arts organisation with the primary aim of advancing and promoting South African contemporary art and artists
In 2004 the AVA received its certified NPO status from the Department of Social Development, followed by PBO (Public Benefit Organisation) status in 2006. The AVA Gallery is based in the heart of Cape Town, having occupied its current premises at 35 Church Street since 1971. It is the oldest non-profit art gallery in Cape Town. Here contemporary visual art production is promoted through regular exhibitions showcasing all media – from painting through to ceramics, photography, installations and performance – by established and emerging artists. In its choice of artists, the selection committee endeavours to promote the discursive and experimental nature of contemporary art. In doing this the AVA seeks to make important contributions to the ‘open texture’ of South Africa’s art community.
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