Sanlam Portrait Award 2017

Top 40 Exhibition

9 May - 8 June


About Us

The Ron Belling Art Gallery was established in 2000 in Port Elizabeth. The focus has gradually shifted over the years with the changing times and the growing interest in the visual arts arena. The Gallery name has since been changed to the Gutsche Family Investment Art Gallery (GFI Art Gallery) and the building has over the years been sensitively adjusted to accommodate its ever changing role.

The Gallery is a landmark building on Park Drive in Port Elizabeth and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the city. In 1936, Axel Stockelbach, then managing director of Ford South Africa, commissioned the first woman Architect to qualify in South Africa, Gertruida Brinkman, to design his house, "Ridgewood".

The house was purchased in 1988 by Port Elizabeth businessman, Philipp Rowland Gutsche Senior. On his death in 2000, leaving behind a legacy of charity and goodwill, it was his wish that the residence be converted into an art gallery.

The purpose at the time was to house the Ron Belling Military Aviation Collection of Oil Paintings which had been acquired by the Gutsche family.

To this day Mr Gutsche's daughter, Dorothea Moors, chairs the Gallery Board and together with the Board Members and Gallery Staff, Mr Gutsche’s legacy is upheld through the passionate promotion of visual arts in the Eastern Cape and beyond. 


Current Exhibition

Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40

Sanlam celebrates top South African artists with a biennial competition, the only one of its kind in South Africa.
While South African art reflects the country’s social and political evolution, Sanlam’s passion and investment interest in art is also growing. This is why they established the Sanlam Portrait Award in partnership with Rust-en-Vrede art gallery.
The competition celebrates and showcases the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. It gives top local artists the opportunity to get invaluable exposure – the top 40 entries are displayed at an exhibition – and the winner walks away with R100 000.
To win this award is clearly not a simple matter. It requires skill, historical insight and also daring. This year there have been many such portraits and it’s gratifying to see the commitment of the broader visual art community to this competition growing. The next award in 2019 will undoubtedly present another challenge, which I’m sure both artists and audience are looking forward to.
The GFI Art Gallery is once again proud to be associated with Sanlam and Rust-en-Vrede Art gallery to bring you an exhibition of the Top 40 Artists.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Solly Smook - OJO
27 June 2018

27 June - 11 July 2018 

Solly Smook unveils with his solo show “OJO”, a process of creation that is exposed with raw, earthy canvas and acrylics, building towards his emotional images with oils and palette knife.
In creating ...