Daville Baillie gallery moves to Victoria Yards
Their debut exhibition at the new venue is currently on show
by JHBLive Posted: 2017/11/12
By now you’ve probably heard of the Victoria Yards, Joburg’s latest arts hub situated in the Lorentzville area. In addition to artist studios, an on-site craft brewery, and live music sessions, the Victoria Yards are also home to the Daville Baillie gallery which has already pulled off its first exhibition at the new venue.
Originally located in Norwood, the Daville Baillie gallery is now located in a sizeable, open-plan gallery space in the Victoria Yards. Owner Darren Neofytou explains that after viewing the site, the move seemed like a natural step for the gallery.
“I came through to see the space and I just loved it,” says Neofytou. “Victoria Yards is completely geared towards artists and artmakers and I really think they’re doing great work. Moving here also connects us to the more ‘fringe’ art mile which includes places like ROOM gallery, and Dead Bunny Society, which is great.”
Inside the gallery you’ll find pieces by Richard Scott, Alfred Thobela, Wakaba Mutheki, Colbert Mashile and more. The works span a wide range of prominent South African artists and all form part of Daville Baillie’s collection. Operating in the primary and secondary market, the gallery serves as both a gallery space for exhibiting work as well as a commercial space for potential buyers.
Arts writer Matthew Krouse, who’s working closely with Neofytou on the gallery’s projects, explains how Daville Baillie hopes to serve as a frequent pit-stop for collectors and buyers.
“The idea of having a fixed set of artists on your books is getting old for a lot of contemporary galleries. It’s easier and more productive to approach individual artists and work with them to get them producing new work, and to get that work sold,” explains Krouse. “The people that will be visiting Daville Baillie will most likely be those looking for new art to buy and view and those wanting to populate their homes and spaces with art.”
The gallery also recently opened the debut exhibition on its new premises – Benjamin Skinner’s WHITE. A series of photographic works, WHITE is an intimate and elaborate body of work by Skinner which takes its strength from the relationship between photographer and subject.
Head over to their site to find out more about Daville Baillie gallery, or better yet, pop over to the Victoria Yards to view their increasing collection of artworks.
All photographs courtesy of skaapkop.tv