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The Space

DAOR Contemporary Gallery is located inside the bustling Port of Cape Town near the Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo district. Rescued from Transnet, shaped, cleaned, processed and transformed to showcase and celebrate some of the most exciting contemporary African artists of our times.

"No better way is there to learn to love nature than to understand art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone” - Oscar Wilde

Psithurism (a word to describe the sound of wind in the trees and rustling leaves) is Daor Contemporary’s sixth exhibition for 2019. This group show features thirteen artists working across a variety of disciplines. It is a celebration of the natural world and seeks to explore the beauty of it, without overriding the artists personal context.

In an age where so much of life is spent indoors, surrounded by concrete, glass, steel and digital devices, seldom is time spent in nature. Daor will be bringing outside, inside. Providing an opportunity to appreciate nature and it’s many wonderous facets, highlighting that which needs to be protected and enjoyed. 

Please join us on the evening of the 14th November for the opening of Psithurism, with a live music performance by acclaimed solo musician Reinhardt Buhr
See you there.


In recognition of October as Mental Health Awareness Month, Daor Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Carol-Anne Gainer, whose body of work is a response to her experience of dealing with her own circumstantial battle with mental health issues.

Join us on the evening of the 26th September for the opening of Carol-Annes solo exhibition, with a live music performance by acclaimed solo musician Reinhardt Buhr.


Daor Contemporary is pleased to present 51.3%. An all-female group exhibition in celebration of Women’s Month, opening on 25 July 2019 @ 6pm.

51.3% takes its title from the percentage of citizens in South Africa that were recorded as female in the last census. This group exhibition features eleven notable contemporary talents, and will be on view until 30 August 2019.

See you soon!


Daor Contemporary is pleased to present The Heart of the Matter, an exhibition by Ricky Burnett, Anton Karstel, and Iaan Waldeck, opening on 5 June 2019 @ 6pm. 

The exhibition, curated by the artists themselves, was born from a shared interest in the themes of memory, temporality, the relationship between image and reality, immateriality and materiality, and the role of the sacred. The Heart of the Matter nudges and provokes the viewer to consider these themes through the artists’ distinctive approach to materials.  

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12 February 2019/ WE HAVE LAUNCHED

Daor proudly opened with its inaugural exhibition Urban Archaeology (alongside Home Affairs) as an official part of the Cape Town Art Week programme. The exhibition runs until 4 April 2019