When it comes to showcasing the best-of-the-best South African design and art, nobody does it better than the Guild Group, whose co-founders and -owners Trevyn and Julian McGowan are the brains behind Southern Guild gallery and Source export agency.
So it was just a matter of time before Southern Guild opened at The Silo District.
In good company
Southern Guild has spearheaded the collectable design category in Africa, propelling artists and designers to make spirited, challenging, and complex work. The gallery premieres only original work at the intersection of art and design. Its annual collections and through-the-year exhibitions have consistently produced extraordinary work that has garnered multiple awards and caught the attention of the world’s top collectors, leading architects and respected museums and galleries.
Touted as Trevyn and Julian’s most exciting Cape Town prospect, Southern Guild at The Silo is certainly in good company – what with local luxury brands Kat van Duinen and Kirsten Goss there, too – a stone’s throw from the incredible Zeitz MOCAA.
The gallery’s in-depth programme of solo shows and group exhibitions has set benchmarks of quality, innovation and professionalism that have influenced the South African design industry as a whole. It works with globally acclaimed local artists such as Andile Dyalvane, Porky Hefer, Gregor Jenkin, Justine Mahoney, and Dokter and Misses. A common thread uniting its roster of designers across mediums and methods is an abiding commitment to showcasing African materials, motifs, traditions and techniques in their work. Collectively, they have elevated the role of craft, honouring the rich indigenous traditions of making by hand whilst seeking out bold new applications of them.