The Gallery is Camp Jabulani’s latest development, and offers guests a luxury retail outlet, an art gallery and an intimate private wine cellar. Building commenced in July 2012, and is finally complete.
The Gallery features local South African art in its various forms, and includes the works of renowned artists such as Jean Abrie, Johan Koch, Gert van der Merwe, Stephen Sutherland and Ardmore. Products from the Out of Alex Embroidery Project and the African Children’s Community Education and Feeding Scheme (ACFS) have been showcased in an effort to empower these excellent community initiatives.
Jean Abrie has become one of South Africa’s foremost wildlife artists through his efforts to bring awareness to the importance of conservation in Africa. He is adept at portraying the many exciting and unexpected changes and moods of the continent on large canvasses. Contemporary artist Johan Koch, whose works are seen throughout the camp, is well known for his diverse African landscapes and wildlife portraits. His daughter Anneke Koch inherited her father’s passion and artistic talent, evident in her Nguni cattle paintings – also displayed in The Gallery. A range of valuable Ardmore Ceramic Art pieces are featured too. All items available for purchase have been carefully considered to blend seamlessly within The Gallery’s interiors.
The Gallery also offers a selection of jewellery by South African designer and manufacturer, Stephen Sutherland. His love of African wildlife and its ethnic diversities led to the creation of this unique wildlife collection. Designer clothing by internationally distinguished South African based designer, Gert van der Merwe, is part of the retail collection. Clothing has been carefully selected and is ideal for travelling in South Africa.
Embroideries from the Alexandra community as well as the Shwe Shwe Poppis (fantasy dolls based on original children’s drawings) from the ACFS (made by members of the Soweto community) are displayed in The Gallery. “With the many developmental and social upliftment issues facing South Africa, it is important that we support businesses from our local impoverished communities. By promoting their products we can improve their standard of living and make a meaningful socio-economic contribution” says Elsie Olën.
Private wine tastings and intimate dinners are now offered in The Gallery in an effort to continuously enhance Camp Jabulani’s bespoke guest experience. Only South African wines will be featured, and guests will have the opportunity of selecting their own wine for dinners.
All profits generated by The Gallery will go towards the care and upkeep of Camp Jabulani’s elephant herd.