about ellis house art building


Nestled between iconic landmarks Ellis Park and Troyeville Hotel in the inner-city neighbourhood of New Doornfontein, Ellis House Art Studios is a 5-storey building housing a mix of emerging and established artists.

Established in 2012 by Ian Blacher, this light industrial warehouse – previously a textile factory – has been transformed into private studio spaces of varying sizes. Ellis House is home to over 30 artists as well as The Labyrinth Project: a platform for artistic exchange and interdisciplinary experiment.  Ellis House features multiple exhibition and workshop spaces, Audio-Visual facilities and prides itself on the fact that all creative programming is artist-led.

Notable past and present tenants include Nandipha Mntambo, Blessing Ngobeni, Reshma Chhiba, Colbert Mashile, Wayne Barker, Ayana Jackson and the experimental rock group Blk Jks.

Within easy distance of August House, Victoria Yards and the Maboneng Arts on Main district, Ellis House has become an important node of the greater creative/cultural hub in inner city Johannesburg.

about ellis house art building

our vision

  1. To advance artists from all backgrounds and heritages with a focus on development by assisting with skills transfer, materials and exposure.
  2. To draw to the organisation a plurality of identities.
  3. To increase public awareness through exhibitions and related activities.
  4. To support art education and visual literacy.
  5. To promote and help with the sustainability of contemporary art and artists.
our vision

art companies

The Labyrinth Project
Dead Bunny Society
Art Lefatshe
Ellis House Open Studios