Johannesburg Team

Carol Brown

Jo Carol Brown is an experienced and renowned art curator. She was Director/Head curator of the Durban Art Gallery/Museum where she brought many changes to the policies and practices during the early years of South Africa’s democracy. She is now an independent curator and Director of Curate.a.Space and works nationally and internationally. She has a long term association with UCLA in California and Ifa Lethu Foundation who repatriates art works taken from the country during apartheid. She curates mainly museum shows and works with artists to assist develop their practice. She is also a writer and speaker/coach on art development. Her tours are entertaining and creative and her aim is to make art accessible and enjoyable.

Carol Brown
Howard Geach

Howard Geach

Howard has enjoyed an abiding interest in Africa’s wild places from his earliest memory. At school in the Natal Midlands he spent as much time as possible in the Drakensberg mountains or canoeing. It was at school that he participated in his first wilderness trail in Umfolozi and lake St. Lucia. He later became a wilderness guide with the Wilderness Leadership School, ultimately leading the then Transvaal region of the School. He graduated as a mining engineer from the University of the Witwatersrand and spent ten years working on various mines in South Africa and Namibia. In 1991 he left Anglo American to launch Conservation Corporation with three partners. He became Group Sales and Marketing Director after fulfilling various project functions. In 1997 he left &Beyond to take the post of CEO of the Maputo Elephant Reserve in Mozambique. In 2001 he returned to Johannesburg to pursue other business interests. He became interested in palaeo-anthropology and in 2014 became a specialist cultural guide – including for the Cradle of Humankind. He now is a guide for the new private palaeo-safaris at Malapa and is a specialist in early southern African history from AD 200 and in the unique geology of South Africa.

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.

Sarah Barret

Sarah grew up in rural Wales; an area she describes as having ‘more sheep than people’.  After studying a BSc Econ. (Hons) and a post-graduate diploma in Office Information Technology, Sarah fell ‘accidentally’ into tour guiding as a holiday job in 1987.  From there, the travel bug set in, and she has worked in tourism in Boston (USA), London and Johannesburg, as well as guiding in cities all over the world.

Sarah gained her global tourism experience in educational tours, ski tours and incentive travel.  She operated her own business in the incentive travel field for 8 years, designing unique global travel experiences for corporates and other groups.  When age 40 hit, she relinquished overseas journeys and settled into tour guiding in Johannesburg, which has been her home base since 1992.  Sarah is passionate about showing both the everyday and the hidden Johannesburg to locals and visitors alike.  Her passions include music, literature, and art, and she can incorporate these themes into her walking tours of the city.

Sarah lives in an industrial loft apartment with her teenage son and their dog, Atticus.  Her aim is to increase her in-depth knowledge of Johannesburg’s city and suburban areas, to improve her working knowledge of French and German, and to buy a bigger vehicle to transport guests too.

Sarah Barret
Suzie Copperthwaite

Suzie Copperthwaite

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Suzie has a formal education in fine art and have worked in the industry for several years. She specialises in contemporary South African art, but also have knowledge in historical artists and works. Currently she is working full time as an art consultant and partner in the Proof Project – a source for modern and contemporary South African art, and collaborates with ARTROUTE facilitating high end art and design tours in and around Johannesburg. Suzie holds a Masters degree from Wits University, is passionate about increasing access to the arts, and have served curatorial roles and worked on both Turbine Art Fair and Joburg Art Fair. Her work experience includes the secondary and auction market working at Stephan Welz & Co one of the most established auction houses in South Africa. 

Imre

Imre studied Fine Art & Psychology at the University of Pretoria, specializing in painting. She has more than 15 years experience in the Auctioneering world, previously heading up the Art Department at Stephan Welz and Co. and has acquired extensive knowledge on South African art.

Imre is also a skilled auctioneer – one of only a handful of female auctioneers in the country. She first took to the podium in 2008 and has been banging her gavel ever since, much to the delight of many happy buyers!

Imre