Cape Town Team

Talita Swarts

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.

Talita Swarts
Richard Kilpert

Richard Kilpert

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 Barrowman

Craig Barrowman’s studies in social science led him to work in the human rights field. His wanderlust later led him to seek out opportunities to combine work, travel and adventure in various parts of the world before his passion for travel became the basis for a new career. He has been curating and conducting a variety of tours for small groups in and around Cape Town since 2000.

With no art background, but driven by the excitement of the growing local art scene, he started exploring local art and weaving this new interest into some of his tours.

During the pandemic, with tourism crushed, Craig jumped at the chance to take part in the 2021 International Public Art Festival. He led walking tours to show locals the street art works in the colourful working class neighbourhood of Salt River, and met the artists busy creating new works as they went around. He continued to lead street art walking tours after the event, initially with his own friends, and eventually with a broader clientele, and took part in the festival again in 2022. This was the most exciting thing to happen during the pandemic! Street art tours became a part of Craig’s repertoire which can still be enjoyed as a stand-alone 2 hour experience or as a fun part of other touring, by visitors and locals alike.

Craig Barrowman
Doninic Dear

Doninic Dear

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.

Kate Crane Briggs

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.

Kate Crane Briggs
Steven Sack

Steven Sack

Steven Sack matriculated at Parktown Boys High School in 1969. After school he studied fine art, art history, and art education at the University of the Witwatersrand (BA. HED PG) and fine art at the University of South Africa (BAFA cum laude) 1970-1980. 
Steven Sack is best known in the South African art world for the groundbreaking exhibition, The Neglected Tradition: Towards a new history of South African Art 1930-1988, he curated in 1988 for the Johannesburg Art Gallery.  

He has filled many important positions as a Public Official in National and Local Government where he worked on the earliest Creative and Cultural Industries Policies under the Thabo Mbeki Government and went on to assist in raising hundreds of millions of additional monies for the development of Film, Music, Books and Publishing and Craft Sectors.  
He worked as the CEO of the Origins Centre and the SA Museum of Rock Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, for the period 2014-2018. 

From 2019 Steven has been collaborating with ARTROUTE in developing tours that deal with ancient art in South Africa going back 100,000 years in which the earliest forms of human symbolic and artistic practice are found. 

Current work as an independent consultant includes: 
·     Serving as a Visiting Fellow of the Wits City Institute, Wits University.  
·     With GIZ (German Government Agency) and Wits City Institute, undertaking research into the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for the Culture and Creative Economy in South Africa, 2019. 
·     Guest Curator 2020. Kirby Collection of Indigenous Musical Instruments, UCT.
  Samuele Makoanyane (1909-1944). A neglected ceramic artist from Lesotho. Exhibition September 2020 at Iziko Museum with, UCT; Dijondesign; MTEC Lesotho. 

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs comes from the local contemporary design sector with experience in ideation and establishing local design retail spaces that showcase and trade in Contemporary African Design. 

As a Gallery Guide at Zeitz MOCAA, Michael Jacobs considers himself a thought space architect, engaging with ideas of representation, material culture, identity, and critical thinking. Through storytelling and critical questioning, he invites his audience to consider the interconnectedness between ideas, objects, and emotion. 

While working at Zeitz, his knowledge and communication skills took him beyond his role as Gallery Guide, where he participated in ‘MOCAA Speaks’ and gave a public talk on an artwork by Mary Sibande, looking at costume, consumerism, and identity politics. This talk was successful and engaging, offering museum visitors new insight to the work, and an opportunity to communicate their own ideas in response.  

Jacobs also co – facilitated and moderated, a panel discussion for Izicwangciso Zezethu We Make Plans and exhibition by artist Nobhuko Nqaba and a collaboration between DR Koni Benson and Trantraal brother who converted Dr Koni’s Thesis on the history of Crossroads into a comic book. Both works look at the consequences of the migrant labour system on the family. 

Michael has been an assistant-curator for an exhibition titled, When Water Breaks, a group exhibition that featured resident artists at Greatmore Studios featuring artists such as Nobukho Nqaba, Rory Emmett and Chulumanco Feni. 

Michael was the go-to guide for VIP Tours booked by Explore Inc. He has conducted tours for Harvard Alumni, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, the South African Friends of Israel Museum, American actress, reality show host, director, and author Alison Ann Sweeney. Michael has also conducted Media tours for BMW. This has marked him as one of the most sought-after guides for private tours and hosting in at museums and Galleries. 

Michael Jacobs