Whether you are a collector of South African master pieces, or you enjoy cutting edge contemporary art, our tours are custom designed to fit like a glove. We specialize in tailor-made art tours that will take you directly to the very best art offered in Cape Town and you will be accompanied by one of our art specialists.
This initiative originated out of the need for art specialists within the tourism industry and our main focus is to educate visiting guests on the wonderful talent Cape Town has to offer the art enthusiast or collector.
What differentiates our tours from other available art tours is that you will be accompanied by a local artist with a Master’s degree in Fine Art, hence you will enjoy the added benefit of having an art consultant by your side.
Talita Swarts is a Cape Town- based sculptor, academic and art consultant with a passion for developing art within the Tourism industry. She has obtained her BA (Fine Arts) degree, and MA (Fine Arts) degree at the University of Pretoria. During 2005 she helped develop and implement a Teachers’ Training Workshop dealing with the Arts and Culture curriculum for the Development Bank of South Africa, and during 2008 she was the project manager for a community empowerment project, The Centenary Rose Collaborative Arts Initiative, implemented by the department of Marketing and Communication at the University of Pretoria. Talita Swarts founded ARTROUTE in 2013 and has been the first specialist art tour guide in Cape Town. Overall winner of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition in 2003, finalist in numerous ABSA Atelier Awards and has received the Lorenzo il Magnifico award for fourth place in Installation art at the Florence Biennale in 2009.
Durban-based multi-disciplinary artist, educator and curator Tamlyn Martin is a dynamic Arts and Culture activator. For 20 years she has initiated and driven highly successful collaborations and projects that serve to empower emerging artists. She is currently head of Fine Art at the end of Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design in Durban. For the last 8yrs Tamlyn has dedicated herself to arts education while exploring exciting ways of integrating the teaching of the disciplines of Fine Art, Animation and Design. In 2014 Tamlyn represented South Africa as a visual arts educator through a European Union funded cultural exchange program with France. Winner of the 2006 Business Day BASA Award for small business sponsorship of the arts, finalist in the Brett Kebble Art Awards in 2004, and winner of the prestigious international Grand Prix Prize for monumental stone sculpture in Central France in 2014.
Richard Kilpert is a seasoned art fundi who comes with a balance of experience both in community-based art organisations and as a lecturer at a tertiary level. He has been actively involved in the South African art and education fields since completing his studies in the Eastern Cape, where he managed access programmes and developed education resources for the Department of Education and various publishers.
After three years running the printmaking department at Wits University he was appointed to run the Imagination Lab, which had five satellite centres around the country. After moving to Cape Town with Vega School he became a curator for the World Design Capital in 2014 and ran the education programme for the Cape Craft & Design Institute.
His talent is in printmaking and drawing, and his passion is for making art accessible through practical activities and materials development. He is currently on the curatorial staff at the Zeitz MOCAA museum at the Waterfront.
Craig grew up in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. After graduating with a 4-year social science degree, he spent 3 years working in the human rights field during the build up to South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, paving the way for our previously isolated country to open to international tourism.
Dominic Dear is a Franschhoek based specialist art and wine tour guide with a passion for discovering art, visiting galleries, and experiencing local wineries.
Dominic worked in the hospitality industry for several years, starting off in London, then moving to South Africa, based predominantly in the winelands. He has extensive food and wine knowledge, developing unique relationships with local winemakers and restaurants.
Living in Franschhoek for 11 years, with its wonderful collection of galleries and restaurants, Dominic has developed the art, food and wine combination which come together perfectly. He can give guests a unique look at the galleries in the area, interact with winemakers, share local knowledge, and enjoy the best food from award winning restaurants
Intrigued by the visual arts from an early age, Kate studied art history at school (Sherborne) and later at the University of East Anglia in the UK. She did a post grad in marketing at the University of Westminster before pursuing a career in London’s art world for 20 years including senior positions at the Whitechapel Gallery, Royal Drawing School and National Portrait Gallery. Her marriage to a South African architect took her to Cape Town in 2010. Here, she enjoys exploring South Africa’s rich and varied culture with their two kids, then sharing this with others through her art and cultural organisation she founded. Her network of contacts is impressive – you are likely to meet one of Cape Town’s creatives or collectors on your walkabout with her.
Kate and Artroute have worked together for eight years. She knows the city centre like the back of her hand. It is one of her guiding specialities. She is a qualified tourist guide and has been guiding for five years, but curating tours for decades – first in the UK as an arts fundraiser in London, and then in South Africa, mainly Cape Town, since 2012.