Elegant Empowerment: New Gallery Focuses on Female Artists in SA


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Located in De Waterkant, close the centre of Cape Town's CBD, is No 5 on Hudson, a new art gallery spearheaded by former Miss South Africa, Sandy de Bruin. No 5 on Hudson was born from De Bruin's time in London. She had always had a penchant for fine art, and her time in London revived her passion for painting as De Bruin was immersed in artistry – from painting porcelain dolls to writing and painting – while living in the city. This period inspired her to subsequently open a gallery of her own.

De Bruin's focus is on the empowerment and upliftment of female artists in South Africa, and she is using this new platform to do just that. Drawing on themes such as 'Women and Art' and 'Shades of Grey', De Bruin's process when selecting the gallery's featured artists centred on finding beautiful and meaningful pieces that will also translate into the environment in which they are placed.

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She handpicked a selection of pieces by renowned local artists, including Fiona Rowett, Nicole Pletts and Lesley Charnock, which resulted in a curated style being set from the start.

Speaking about No 5 on Husdon and their art collection, De Bruin says: 'South African artists are incredibly talented and inspirational. They often stand out on the international stage, as is [shown by] the enormous number of art pieces sold overseas. I want visitors to No 5 on Hudson to be embraced in an experience that heightens the visual sense and provides an appreciation for art in a space contemplated by soul and design.' No 5 on Hudson is located at 5 Hudson Street, De Waterkant. The gallery is open from 10am–5pm from Monday to Friday and 9am–1pm on Saturday.