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First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre

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Nice little art centre with enthusiastic artist to explain things

Nice little artists' gallery with prints, quilting and stain glass. One of the group of local... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
David M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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During our stay at the tower one of the quilters at the art centre showed and explained what and... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
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The Bethesda Arts Centre- First People Centre is a registered Not-for-Profit Organization, registration number 040-915 NPO. It was founded in 1999 by Jeni Couzyn, who is the artistic director, and Tarot Couzyn (one of many voluntary teachers). Our...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Muller Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
+27 49 841 1731
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you are in Nieu-Bethesda, you might as well pay a visit to the Bethesda Art Centre: This is a community-based project, with accomodation to rent, a small restaurant and craft manufacture. If you want to support the local community, do so, although the are...More

Thank Horst S
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Nice little artists' gallery with prints, quilting and stain glass. One of the group of local artists introduced us to the layout. We did buy a little quilted bag for our grand-daughter but I have to say that everything we saw was really quite expensive...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

During our stay at the tower one of the quilters at the art centre showed and explained what and how they go about their art, as well as interpreted the stories and meaning of some of the large mythological quilts

Thank StaraJon
Reviewed 2 March 2018

Incredible artwork at great prices. The artists will show you around and explain the significance of the works. Ask to see the textile murals-unforgettable

Thank Diana S
Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

We had a free guided tour of the local art centre which does very interesting pieces. Mostly bespoke pieces. We really enjoyed the tour and it’s definitely worth adding to your agenda. We came back for supper which is served in the beautifully decorated front...More

1  Thank EricJ401
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Great people and some lovely art. Don't miss this when you are in Nieu Bethesda. Support local people. Prices arnt bad.

Thank AliceLoveLife2015
Reviewed 18 January 2018

One can find beautiful and exceptionally well crafted artworks here to buy, and to order. Tapestries, lino cuts, etc.Lovely restaurant too, serving dishes with produce from their own gardens. Over New Year’s the local residents and artists make lanterns for visitors and locals for the...More

Thank Kardoesie
Reviewed 30 November 2017

A little gem of a find, tucked away, but the artwork is all local. We bought some embroidered pieces - fantastic craftsmanship. We wish wished we could have bought more, and hope that they continued to be supported in their work as much as possible.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Stumbled upon this studio and glad that we did - needs support and the local artwork depicting the struggles that the locals had to overcome/endure during the eraly years of colonisation and apartheid. No 'in your face' opinions, but there for you to see in...More

1  Thank EdK59
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Fantastic food, absolutely lovely staff and the setting is really comfortable and homely. Was really really surprisingly impressed.

Thank RudolphL24
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