Nestled in a little known centre called The Factory in the heart of Norwood you’ll find one of johannesburg’s hidden gems. The Daville Baillie Gallery has had me coming back for more on an almost weekly basis. Their exhibition openings, the events they hold, the kind, approachable demeanour of the owners & their contagious passion and energy for their vision of their space in the art world where they are making themselves serious contenders.
The Daville Baillie gallery has been around for 8 years. Their beginnings in Hyde Park is where they had great success specializing in the trade of South African old masters and contemporaries. In 2015 they made their move to Norwood and put in motion their new business model. Owner Darren Neofytou expands expands on this “While we are serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to think of our space and brand as not only one that merges classic and contemporary tastes, but one that lends itself to not merely pushing, but creating new boundaries in the art space with not only the various events we host, but with some of the incredible artists we house in our stable.”
The man speaks truth. Apart from having one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve had the pleasure of being in. The Daville Baillie’s exhibition openings are always something to be remembered and some of the artists in their stable are well and truly inspiring. They have also hosted a number of incredible evenings for their patrons where they pair food and music in their beautiful space. Most notably the incredible evening they had with the African fusion food stylings of Kitoko Kitchen and soulful blues songstress Melody Kaye.
This formula of theirs seems to have paid off. They’ve recently opened two new galleries in Cape Town, a pop up on 62 Kloof Street and their new home in Cape Town on 147 Buitengracht. Their working formula has much to do with the owners’ very unique, sometimes daring and always spot on choices for the pieces on display, how they’re hung and their almost tangible passion for what they’re doing. Partner Khulani Mtimkulu “We’ve had our fingers burnt but are confident with most of our decisions with the artists in our stable. It’s a long game for us, and an incredible amount of work goes into it. So why not have fun doing it?”.
May they continue doing so. You can find the Daville Baillie Gallery, Daville Baillie Gallery at 1st Floor, The Factory, 70 Grant Avenue, Norwood.