Rust-en-Vrede, which was built in the 1840s and declared a national monument in 1984, has served a number of purposes over the years. In 1981, the newly established Durbanville Cultural Society began to run the building as an Arts and Culture centre and today it houses a Gallery, Clay Museum, various Art Studios and the coffee shop, YOCO Eatery.
The Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery has three exhibition spaces and showcases works of art by established and emerging artists. The exhibitions change monthly and are open to the public.
The Clay Museum, which was opened in 1986 and the first of it’s kind in South Africa, contains a collection of South African ceramics that represents the various techniques of making, decorating and firing. The display is continually augmented with new work and along with its permanent collection of contemporary and traditional ceramics, the Rust-en-Vrede Clay Museum hosts regular exhibitions.
The studios on site include Belt & Band which specialises in handcrafted leather belts and watch straps, the Heidi Gouws Art Studio, Whitehorn Jewellery Studio, Janine de Waal Design Studios and Piet-My-Vrou Mosaics.
Venue: 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
Opening times: Mon – Fri 9am to 4pm | Sat 9am to 1pm