Catching up with Ilse Schermers
Ilse Schermers, of is art at Le Quartier Français supplied and curated the art work for Vergelegen’s restaurants, Stables and Camphor’s— and now the wine estate has been recognised as the South African winner of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Awards!
We caught up with Ilse to chat about her unique approach.
Can you tell me a bit about each space?
Additionally, as the space was formerly the estate’s stables I chose ceramic horse heads for the walls by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large driftwood horse as a focal point by Francois Marais.
Vergelegen is also known for its Nguni stud, so for this we chose ox heads by Nicolene Swanepoel and a large painting by Gregory Kerr. Works by Jacqueline Crewe-Brown, Strijdom van den Merwe and various ceramic works by Helen Vaughan, Clementina van der Walt and Ralph Johnson are also on display.
The palette at Camphor’s is much more formal and rich. I selected works by some of our more important contemporary artist like William Kentridge, Willem Strydom, Henry Symonds, Marlene von Durkheim, Shany van den Berg and Lyndi Sales. Helen Vaughan made wall plates based on the blue and white Kraakporcelain seen in the Manor House next to Camphor’s. Michael Chandler made mirrors and spittoons also reflective of the VOC. In both restaurants, we selected works by South African living artists.
When approaching a space to populate with art – what are the things that you consider, how do you decide on your final selections?
Who is your favourite SA artist, or artists and why?
Do you have advice for people who want to start collecting art – how do you begin, and what do you need to know?
The most exciting piece at is art at the moment is….
What exhibitions do we have to look forward to next year?
Your favourite cocktail at the LQF bar is…
In 2010 Ilse opened her latest gallery at Le Quartier Français The exhibitions of contemporary South Africa artists change every six to eight weeks . The gallery spills out into the sculpture and herb garden, designed by Guy du Toit and Angus Taylor and filled with herbs for Margot Janse’s kitchens at Le Quartier Français. The sculptures have become an integral part of the restaurant and hotel gardens.
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