Driftwood Studios

+27 083792750
Name of Residency: Driftwood Studios

Driftwood Studios is a family run self funded residency. We offer private and shared studio spaces to other sculptors, fine artists, potters, writers and other creatives in an inspiring natural environment against the coastal dune forest of South Africa.

Driftwood Studios has private work spaces to develop be it in wood, metal, stone or ceramic media. We have also hosted writers and photographers. The 6 x 14m Gallery space is a fine rehearsal area for performing artists. Each residency is designed according to the requirements and inspiration of the artist and may change direction after the artist arrives!

Yoga and meditation classes are held regularly. Other activities include canoe safaris for birders, where you could easily spot all five species of kingfishers, a host of raptors, dolphins and whales. After a tough day doing art, treat yourself to very affordable massage therapy. The incredible bushman rock art can be visited with our local expert guide.

We can connect you with the network of artists in the area, especially those relevant to your work. An exhibition or community contact workshop is encouraged which we will arrange for you.

Driftwood is in the village of Rainbow Valley, adjacent to pristine coastal dune forest and a few minutes walk to the sea. The beach has dramatic sand dunes, beautiful stones and of course driftwood to inspire and refresh all visitors. There are good local shops 5km away, including a supermarket, butchery, pharmacy, eateries, a fuel stop etc. and the city of East London is 20km.

Stay in one of two self-catering cottages including private or shared workstation in accommodation or studio. Forest House is a two bedroom unit with lounge/dining/kitchen. Driftwood Treehouse is thatched and has 1 bedroom and a small kitchen/diner. Students or those staying for up to 2 weeks are welcome to live with the family in their own en-suite.  Partners and family are welcome as we gently encourage all to explore their creative side. Prices are very reasonable, similar to a back packers but with residency support and mentoring to make a success of your stay as an artist and as a life experience!

Fresh wholesome and sustainable food is a passion at Driftwood and we grow fruits such as bananas, protected as best we can from the forest monkeys (!), and our own salad vegetables and herbs. Enjoy free range eggs from our own ‘happy hens’. Residents are asked to recycle and contribute organics to the garden compost. Enquire via info@driftwoodstudios.co.za. I look forward to hearing your dreams and plans and helping them come about.

Residency Programme since: 2007
Description of Organisation:

Driftwood Studios hosts self-funded but low cost residencies for up to 4 artists and their partners/family in facilities established and used by George Kockott, Sculptor, and his wife Claire in beautiful natural coastal surroundings, near East London, South Africa.

Organisation founded in: 2007
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
  • Months: 6+
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We help artists develop local partnership appropriate to their project, e.g with other artists and community groups in the area
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Accommodation is self funded but very reasonably priced depending on duration and if any acompanying persons. Please email info@driftwoodstudios.co.za or whatsapp +27 834792750 for current rates and general info
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: East London
    Nearest Train Station: East London
    How to reach by plane: East London Airport is 40 mins by car
    How to reach by train: Take the sleeper train from Johannesburg to East London main station
    How to reach by car: On the N2 from East London after Gonubie take the exit 1060 R102 East Coast Resorts Road, Brakfontein. At the top of the off ramp turn right and then first tar left, signposted T1 Schafli Road, Wild Coast Jikeleza East Coast Resorts. On Schafli Road/Wild Coast Jikeleza/East Coast Resorts pass 2 Swans Wedding Farm on right. Take first tar turn right at the Crossways Village Centre shops signposted T4 Sunrise-on-Sea & T3 Kwelera. Pass school and over speed bump before right turn on T4 to Sunrise. Look out for the speed bump before and then after a sharp bend to the right. Then look for Driftwood Studios Brown sign on left indicating the gravel turn right to Rainbow Valley. There is a cluster of signs at the turn including Rainbow Valley & Rainbow Seeds. Turn right then go straight for @2km up to the gate across the road ahead to Rainbow Valley Complex. The gate code to Rainbow Valley Complex is available on request. After the gate, take the second left hand turn, i.e. not immediately left but after the first two houses. Driftwood Studios is on the right on the top of the little rise. Come in the drive and park opposite the garages. Reception is on your right in the main house.
    Street & Number: 26 Rainbow Valley Complex, nr Sunrise on Sea, East London, South Africa
    Postal Code: 5201
    City: East London
    Country long: South-Africa
    26 Rainbow Valley Complex, nr Sunrise on Sea, East London, South Africa
    East London 5201 ZAF
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