Frank and Lizelle Kilbourn are private art collectors. In addition to various business interests, Frank is the executive chairperson of auction house Strauss & Co. Lizelle is an attorney, and has a special interest in promoting art appreciation.
Strauss & Co is South Africa’s premier art auction house, and regularly hosts live and on-line sales of South African modern, post-war and contemporary art, decorative arts and fine wine. It regularly hosts exhibitions and educational events aimed at promoting the arts.
Delaire Graff Estate is an award winning wine estate and luxury retreat in the heart of the South African Winelands, offering gracious hospitality, food and wine in a beautiful setting.
The Friends of Welgemeend was established in 2007 as a voluntary association. An extract from the Friends’ Constitution summarises its main purpose:
- To support and participate in the advancement, promotion and preservation of the historic homestead of Welgemeend (birthplace of Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr in 1845) and that of the artworks, books and documents known as the Boerneef Collection (donated by the author I.W. van der Merwe, whose nom-de-plume this was) and other artworks, books and documents housed there and in the adjacent buildings of the Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck.
- To foster a wider public interest, firstly in both the Homestead and the Art Collection, and secondly a wider appreciation both of the visual arts and of early Cape architecture and other related fields of interest.
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