William Humphreys Art Gallery
The WHAG permanent collection consists of donations, bequests and purchases. The artworks range from Old Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 16th century, old British and French paintings, to contemporary South African art, which include categories like sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, tapestries, beaded items and traditional art forms.
WHAG’s institutional history is closely linked to the affinity of the founders of the institution for historical artworks. The thrust behind the initial collection effort can be described as Eurocentric, with a fondness for grand-historical narratives that omitted non-dominant and indigenous memory in an overall approach to curation that relied heavily on chronological representations of history.
Works from the permanent collection are rotated regularly to showcase the large number of artworks under our care.
Contemporary works by local modernist and post-modern artists clearly show how cultural practices and utilitarian ware have crafted the aesthetic language that present-day homegrown makers have used in innumerable ways. Folklore from the heart of [READ MORE]
The first organisation founded in Kimberley with the promotion of cultural activity as its objective was the Kimberley Athenaeum which was established in 1903 under the presidency of the Mayor. Although the society which operated [READ MORE]
Dr Max Greenberg, a respected and dedicated figure in the art world of Johannesburg, was born in Kimberley in 1886. He was educated at Christian Brothers’ College in that city and later received his medical training [READ MORE]
Archdeacon of Kuruman and Mission Priest of Griqualand West for over 46 years George Mervyn Lawson was born in the Channel Islands and obtained a BA degree before emigrating to South Africa. During the many [READ MORE]
Nicolaas Meyer was born in the Volksrust District, Transvaal, South Africa in 1904. He spent his early childhood years on a farm where he helped with the herding of cattle and tending to the fields. [READ MORE]