The gallery’s objective is to service the growing market of buyers who have begun to invest in South African art. By showing the work of newer up and coming artists, as well as those by more senior established names, the gallery provides collectors (both corporate and private), opportunities to consider works by artists that have a proven investment value, as well as works by artists who have been earmarked as those with promising career potential.
Artists such as Wayne Barker, Karin Preller, Jaco Sieberhagen, Judith Mason, Colbert Mashile, Collen Maswanganyi, Walter Oltmann, Richard Smith and Angus Taylor have been shown at Artspace, in a series of solo and group exhibitions, several of which were sell outs. Artspace is also well known for its annual showcase of ‘Oppitafel’ - a group exhibition project that has run every December for the past few years.
In March 2008 Artspace moved from its former location in Fairlands to its current premises on Jan Smuts Avenue, alongside industry heavyweights such as David Krut Art Projects and Gallery, Resolution Gallery and Goodman Gallery. Together these institutions form what has become known as “the artstrip”- consolidating a variety of visual art focuses as one offering for the Johannesburg audience.
The current Artspace gallery location was designed by architects Mashabane Rose, architects responsible for the Apartheid Museum, Hector Pietersen Museum, as well as several significant art related spaces including University of Johannesburg’s Art Centre.