The Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch (GUS) is an off-campus extension of the Visual Arts Department. Gus-gallery.co.za serves as a central online space, archiving and promoting exhibitions and events at GUS gallery.
Our vision is to serve as a public multi-disciplinary community centre, creating a space for sharing of knowledge, ideas and inspiration. In addition to exhibitions, GUS hosts live music events, poetry sessions, open workshops, lectures and discussions.
GUS is an extension of the Visual Arts Department of Stellenbosch University, and a space that supports the research and public engagement of our academic programme more broadly, as well as our students' academic teaching and learning. It also offers students a space where they can acquire and practice professional skills in a real-world, yet supported environment. Interacting with and assisting artists and curators realise their exhibitions is a key part of that.
Our exhibition programme is determined largely by our postgraduate seminar and examination schedule, and research/fundraising collaborations, with a few opportunities for external exhibitions. The annual programme is negotiated by the GUS gallery committee, on which all teaching programmes and student interests are represented. As such, we unfortunately have really limited capacity for accepting external proposals, but the committee does welcome proposals, especially if there is a meaningful dialogue with our academic programme.
And lastly, but very importantly, GUS does not focus on sales; we are not a commercial gallery. Our agenda is focused on promoting art as a knowledge system, research methodology and social/cultural connector. However, we may facilitate sales if it's appropriate for the artist/exhibition in question, and this is discussed on a case-by-case basis.
GUS Team 2023
Kamiela Crombie - Reception
Andrew Sutherland - Curator
Dr. Kathryn Smith - Chair: Dept. of Visual Arts
Student Curatorial Assistants: Lynette Geldenhuys, Minka Schoonwinkel, Tara Hall