In Johannesburg’s inner city lies an exclusive art building, housing more than 40 independent, pan-African contemporary artists, in private art studios, known to the locals as ‘The Artists’ Playground’.
To the outsider, it’s just a 1940s historic structure until one crosses the threshold and sees where the magic lives, in five storeys of private art studios. August House gives artists a unique creative hub. With its high columns, authentic architecture and large open plan floors, it’s a wonderful blend of inspiration and stillness. Once a light industrial warehouse space, August House celebrates 14 years as a well-established, local and international contemporary African artists community, within walking distance from the Maboneng, Arts on Main district.
August House was established as an enclave for artists in 2006 by Bie Venter and Maria Svane. Its notable tenants have included artists such as Mary Sibanda, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Lawrence Lemaoana, Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, Gordon Froud, Joseph Gaylard, Nontobeko Ntombela, Gabi Ngcobo, Gonçalo Mabunda, Jacki McInnes, Nelson Makamo, Bie Venter, Kudzanai Chiurai and Nicholas Hlobo. Space has both survived and thrived on the backs of these artists and their interest in developing relationships and community-level engagement. Currently, there are 46 artists housed within the building.
While August House was created to initially provide studio space for local artists, space has extended its programming to include a residency programme, and exhibitions programme and an educational programme.
We are looking for new tenants to join the Studios. There are currently four spaces available on flexible lease terms:
- First Floor – Studio 3 – 24 square meters – R2640.00
- First Floor – Studio 6 – 27 square meters – R2970.00
- First Floor – Studio 9 – 36 square meters – R3960.00
- Third Floor – Studio 303 – 43 square meters – R4500.00
Rentals do not include an underground parking space, electricity and water. No financial deposit is required.