Circa on Jellicoe Gallery
1979 Everard Read commissioned Meyer, Pienaar and Partners to design a new purpose-built gallery in Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank Johannesburg. Established in 1913, our gallery is one of the world's oldest art-dealing institutions and had for decades been operating from spacious galleries opposite Johannesburg's venerable Rand Club. The decision to move to a building in the suburbs that has become a post-modern landmark has proved to be a fortuitous one and the gallery has evolved hugely over the past two decades.
Over the course of years, the kernel of an idea to erect an iconic contemporary building on this site took root in my imagination: a building that would add to the enjoyment ‘Jozi' dwellers derive from our city and one that would also be remembered by visitors to South Africa. These ambitions were fuelled by a growing belief that in order to realise its full potential, this new building shouldn't be part of an existing art gallery.
I met Pierre Swanepoel, an architect whose work I have long admired.
The consequence of that meeting is CIRCA on Jellicoe, a building that will grace Johannesburg far into the future and hopefully afford all visitors both pleasure and stimulation.
*Copy supplied by Mark Read