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First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre

Muller Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
+27 49 841 1731
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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
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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
StaraJon
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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 aim is to improve the lives of some of the neediest people in South Africa. The Arts Centre is currently supporting 18 participants and their families. We have developed a model of working holistically with all our participants. Social issues in the community such as poverty, alcoholism and abuse are tackled through theatre and visual arts, and engage the wider community. The group has a meeting every morning without fail where personal difficulties are expressed and shared with the rest of the group and decisions are made about the running of the centre All the Artists at the Centre are of Bushman origin. Artists are expressing their culture and mythology through a number of different media including print-making, stained glass, sculpture and textiles. At the Centre we have a permanent exhibition of huge textile quilts on display. These quilts are all based on San Mythology and have been made collectively by the First People Artists. Most of the small artwork at the Centre is for sale. Large quilts can be made to commission.
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“tower” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Muller Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
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+27 49 841 1731
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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

Thank David M
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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
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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
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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

Thank Eric J
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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.

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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

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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
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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

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

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

Thank Rudolph L
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

On my visit to the First People Centre I was impressed with the huge tapestries that tell the KhoiSan tales and legends. The Gemsbuck, the praying mantis and other animals revered in KhoiSan folklore and art, are to be seen in the impressive tapestries. Groups...More

1  Thank Tutti G
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