In Johannesburg’s inner city lies an exclusive art building, housing more than 40 independent, pan-African contemporary artists, in private art studios, known to the locals as ‘The Artists’ Playground’.

To the outsider it’s just a 1940s historic structure until one crosses the threshold and sees where the magic lives, in five storeys of private art studios.

August House gives artists a unique creative hub. With its high columns, authentic architecture and large open plan floors, it’s a wonderful blend of inspiration and stillness. Once a light industrial warehouse space, August House celebrates 14 years as a well-established, local and international contemporary African artists community, within walking distance from the Maboneng, Arts on Main district

August House was established as an enclave for artists in 2006 by Bie Venter and Maria Svane. Its notable tenants have included artists such as Mary Sibanda, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Lawrence Lemaoana,  Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, Gordon Froud and Joseph Gaylard, Nontobeko Ntombela, Gabi Ngcobo, Gonçalo Mabunda, Jacki McInnes, Nelson Makamo, Bie Venter, Kudzanai Chiurai and Nicholas Hlobo. The space has both survived and thrived on the backs of these artists and their interest in developing relationships and community level engagement. The building was sold in 2016 and during the transition more formal studio spaces where created for young up and coming artists. Currently there are 46 artists housed within the building.  

While August House was created to initially provide a studio space for local artists, the space has extended its programming. All programming is focused on the support and development of the artists and the visual arts industry as a whole.



A Space that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration through incubation and collaboration.



August House is the epicentre where proud African talent meets international convention and interest.



August House is part of the Quorum Properties group who manage the building and art studio rentals.

Artists Hub

5 stories, over 40 Contemporary African artists, in private Studios.

Open Studio Events

Provide an opportunity for art lovers to buy art directly from emerging South African artists.

Studio Rentals

For both emerging and established artists from across the continent in a stimulating space.


August House is a part of the Quorum Property Group