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William Humphreys Art Gallery

The William Humphreys Art Gallery, situated in Kimberley's Civic Centre, is considered one of the finest art museums in South Africa.

The art collection at William Humphreys Gallery varies from Old Master Drawings and Prints and 17th century paintings to contemporary works of art in all mediums. We have a great ceramics collection, sculptures, works of art on paper and many paintings. At present the Art Gallery concentrates on collecting South African works of art. Apart from its primary function as a museum of art, this Gallery serves the community as an educational and cultural centre. Its activities include temporary exhibitions, art workshops mainly for children, development stimulation classes for pre-school children, craft workshops for unemployed women, lectures, video shows and concerts.

The William Humphreys Art Gallery

 
 
The William Humphreys Art Gallery, situated in Kimberley’s Civic Centre, is considered one of the finest art museums in South Africa. It was opened in 1952 and named after its principal benefactor, William Benbow Humphreys (1889 – 1965). In 1948 William Humphreys donated to the city a substantial portion of his personal collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art. The William Humphreys Art Gallery This gift combined with the South African works of art brought together by members of the Art Section of the Kimberley Athenaeum and The Max Greenberg Bequest formed the nucleus of the collection. The Humphreys Loan Collection and Timlin Collection on indefinite loan from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, augment it. More recently the Meyer Collection of European and Oriental Porcelain and the Lawson Collection of Old Master Drawings and Prints have been acquired. The William Humphreys Art Gallery At present the Art Gallery concentrates on collecting South African works of art. Apart from its primary function as a museum of art, this Gallery serves the community as an educational and cultural centre. Its activities include temporary exhibitions, art workshops mainly for children, development stimulation classes for pre-school children, craft workshops for unemployed women, lectures, video shows and concerts. We also have a successful outreach programme in which we take graphic exhibitions to the small towns of the Northern Cape province where learners are exposed to world of art. Guided tours are arranged on request. Facilities for hire The William Humphreys Art Gallery is proud to make available its different halls for hiring for functions to the public. We have a variety of options to suit different needs. Our auditorium seats 101 people and is ideal for PowerPoint presentations. We also have smaller venues like the Small Dutch Wing (seating 30 people), large Dutch Wing (50 people), or for a bigger area the temporary wing (150 people). There are various spaces for break-aways as well. Equipment like tables, chairs, screens, a data projector, flip charts, and an overhead projector are also available if necessary. Please note that our in-house caterer must be used for all functions held at the Gallery. The Palette Tearoom is open to the public daily from 10:00 to 16:00 for light meals and refreshments. WHAG Reference Library Our library remains a valuable resource for school learners and students taking art as a subject.

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ENTRANCE FEES

ADULTS – R5

CHILDREN – R2

GROUPS – On request

VENUE HIRING

The William Humphreys Art Gallery is the ideal venue for conferences, seminars, meetings and intimate concerts and has a variety of venues to choose from. We can offer the following on request: Chairs, Tables (with tablecloths), Data Projector (excluding computer), White boards, Overhead Projector, Sound equipment, Flip charts with pens and Water.

Rental of venues (Pricing as at 06/12/2015)

Morning session (08:00-13:00)

R 790.00

Afternoon session (13:00-16:30)

R 400.00

Evening session (17:00-21:30)

R 840.00

Full day (08:00-16:30)

R 1 100.00

Break aways sessions

R220 per break away

Use of movable stage

R220.00

Equipment (chairs, table and sound)


R220.00

Data projector

R330.00

Attendant ordinary overtime

R83.00 per hour per attendant

Attendant Sunday and
Public holidays overtime


R110.00 per hour per attendant

Car guards

R75 per guard

Venues
  • The Auditorium: Seats 101 people (chairs can be added to max 130)
  • The Temp Exhibition Wing (120 people)
  • Dutch Wing (Ideal for groups of up to 30 people)
  • Small Dutch Wing (Ideal for groups of up to 20 people)

Please contact us if you are interested in making a booking:
Samantha (sam@whag.co.za)
or Moses (moses@whag.co.za)
or phone us at 053 8311724

The William Humphreys Library

Our library consists of a wide variety art and art-related books and is a reference library. Books are not allowed out, but students and the public are welcome to use the facilities in the afternoons 14:00 – 16:30. Photocopies can be made if necessary.

Our Librarian, Anna Stewart, can be contacted for more information at anna@whag.co.za or 0538311724/5.

William Humphreys Art Gallery Contacts

Tel: 053-8311724/5 • Fax: 053-8322221
info@whag.co.za

Ann Pretorius
Director
info@whag.co.za

Annette Coetzee
Curatorial Assistant
annette@whag.co.za

Anna Stewart
Librarian
anna@whag.co.za

Hesta Maree
Community Projects Leader
hesta@whag.co.za

Lukas Stockenström
Chief Financial Officer
lukas@whag.co.za

Samantha v Rensburg
Assistant to CFO
sam@whag.co.za

Moses Senyatso
Renting of facilities, Media

moses@whag.co.za

Rika Stockenström
Art Projects Leader
rika@whag.co.za

Lazarus Sebolai
Collections and Exhibitions
info@whag.co.za

Lydia Mogano
Teacher Assistant

info@whag.co.za

Rassie Erasmus
Museum Attendant
info@whag.co.za

Don Dallas
Museum Attendant
info@whag.co.za

Sidney Rosenburg
Museum Attendant
info@whag.co.za

Daniel Sehunelo
Museum Attendant
info@whag.co.za

Vinen Quest

Museum Attendant
info@whag.co.za

Richard Maduo
Groundsman
info@whag.co.za

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  1. Catherine Reichardt, 06/12/2011 15:14 business - William Humphreys Art Gallery
    4/5

    You virtually never stumble across public art galleries outside the major cities in South Africa, but of course, in this, as in so many other aspects, Kimberley is anything but your average South African town, and neither is the William Humphreys Art Gallery (known affectionately as the WHAG) your average art museum. Mind you, I suppose that if you have been fortunate enough to have been fabulously endowed with mineral wealth which has supported over a century of diamond mining, the chances are that this has generated one of two well heeled individuals with a desire to make their philanthropic mark!

    So, who was William Humphreys? Unusually in a city that attracted so many immigrants, he was a native South African, whose parents moved from Oudtshoorn in the Cape to Kimberley when he was still a baby. He was best known as a businessman, farmer and politician who most notably was instrumental in the establishment of the Vaal Harts irrigation scheme, which was a ‘make work’ programme during the Depression of the 1930s which enabled a large tract of previously marginal land to be brought into economic agricultural production. He was granted the freedom of Kimberley in recognition of his services – only the second man to receive this honour (As an aside, don’t you hate it when you follow up on an obvious question such as “So who was the first then?” and draw a blank. My guess would be either Cecil John Rhodes or Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, but if you find out, then please let me know!)

    Humphreys was an avid art collector, and donated a sizeable number of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art from his personal collection to the city, which forms the core of the current collection.

    The museum is enchanting, eclectic – and, what’s even better, free! The collection (which has been supplemented by various bequests, donations and loans from other notables such as the Oppenheimer family and De Beers) is a charming ‘grab bag’ of all sorts of different periods and artistic styles which I loved. When I visited for instance, there was an exhibit of modern work that had recently been acquired from the Eastern Cape (most of which I disliked, but at least it showed that the museum’s collection is dynamic). I don’t usually like graffiti art, but the depiction of the solvent sniffer in the adjacent photo – displayed by the entrance to he gallery – is a fantastically powerful piece. There is a brilliant Augustus John portrait of a Japanese figure (on loan from the Oppenheimer collection) and the most realistic seascape I have ever seen (‘Angry Sea’ by David James). However, my personal favourite was a modern life size bronze sculpture of a baby hyaena that was so realistic and endearing that if I could have taken it home with me, I would have!

    The museum also has a very active film programme and hosts frequent cultural events. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and not only did the staff member I struck up a conversation with suggest some excellent things for me to do in Kimberley, but he also invited me to attend a private viewing at the gallery that evening (which I had to sadly decline, as it would have clashed with my return flight!)

    There is also a small tea rooom with a very limited menu which looks onto a pretty courtyard.

    If you only have time to do one other thing in Kimberley (other than visit the Big Hole, which I’m taking as a given), then choose this – you won’t regret it!

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