Contemporary art auction

Artwork of Penny Siopis will feature in the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction. Pictured is Spirit Matter.

Artworks from established and emerging contemporary South African artists will go under the hammer in the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction.

There will be an online auction from Thursday October 11 to Thursday October 18 and a live auction at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in Orange Street, Cape Town, on Wednesday October 17, at 6.30pm.

The initiative is driven by Berni Searle, herself a renowned artist, and currently director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Funds raised by the auction will be used towards scholarships for promising students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are in financial need.

In this way, established artists will pave the way for the next generation, living up to the title Siyakhula, which in isiXhosa means “together we grow”.

Artists with proven records at auctions – Sue Williamson, Deborah Bell and Georgina Gratrix – will feature in the Siyakhula Michaelis Auction, alongside those who have never tested this territory, such as new comers Bronwyn Katz, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Siwa Mgoboza.

Penny Siopis, Athi-Patra Ruga, Jane Alexander and William Kentridge are also among the artists.

Aspire Art Auctions will conduct the live auction in the Hiddingh Hall at the Michaelis School of Fine Art on October 17. The online auction will take place on Aspire’s website. Bidder registration is open. The digital catalogue can be seen on

Art lovers who are interested in supporting the live auction can RSVP to, 021 418 0765 or