Since 1996 Spier has been active in a number of programmes that have greatly impacted both the performing and visual arts in South Africa. Spier has built its brand around a belief in sustainability and social responsibility. Its own art collection is therefore curated around these key values.
The Consultancy curates a rotating selection of artworks that are displayed in Spier’s meticulously restored Cape Dutch buildings, conferencing rooms and spaces of the Spier Hotel.
Each venue, treated as an exhibition space, is dedicated to artists of both emerging and recognised talent. Visitors will encounter works ranging from the painting of rising artists Xolani Moshani and Ricky Dyaloyi, to the photography of Pieter Hugo, and masterworks of Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Helen Sebidi.
Spier actively encourages innovitive art that mirrors its belief in sustainibility and social responsibility. As an example of this, works created on corrugated iron from destroyed shack fires by artists such as Willie Bester, Lindile Magunya and Ernest Fulani, vividly express the devastation caused by these frequent
events. Sublime works by Tamlin Blake, often produced in collaboration with the Qubeka Bead Studio, are surprisingly created from discarded trash. Such works are selected and commissioned to symbolise the potential rewards which are available to the planet as a result of effective recycling. An ongoing mosaic project that furthers this notion and combines social responsibility with sustainibility is the Spier Architectural Arts Mosaic Academy, results from which can be seen around many parts of the estate.
Spier also hosts a more formalised programme of solo and group exhibitions that pay tribute to works occupying pride of place in the collection. The consultancy has curated a programme of exhibitions which has included the survey shows, Art & Violence (13 June – 13 Aug 2009) that examined the close
relationship between art and violence in a Southern African context, and Art & Architecture (04 Sept – 20 Oct 2009) which explored how art is influenced and affected by architecture.
In 2009 Spier agreed to finance and then acquire Paul Emmanuel’s drawings which form part of his exhibition TRANSITIONS. Approximately 2500 visitors saw the exhibition on show at Spier in 2009 to 2010, before it went on to be exhibited internationally. Thereafter Spier hosted an exhibition of selected works by Jane Alexander in celebration of having acquired the seminal sculpture Racework: in the event of an earthquake (1999). This list is not by any means inclusive and other important exhibitions are presently being prepared.