Port Elizabeth is a culture rich city, bursting with artistic talent and tons of creative energy.
At our guesthouse accommodation we prize art and creativity. Our guests have the opportunity to view numerous pieces of art and sculptures situated all around our guesthouse. We also encourage our guests to visit different galleries and exhibitions in our city.
Located 15km’s from our guesthouse you will find the home of the creative industries of Nelson Mandela Bay, it is situated in the newly renovated Athenæum building complex.
It has been upgraded specifically to enhance, nurture and transform arts, culture and heritage within the city.
The building dates from the late Victorian period and has impressive neo-Classical elements. Its two sections were opened in 1896 and 1901 respectively. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 17 October 1980.
It is located in the historic suburb of Central, Port Elizabeth, which is just a 10 minute drive from our bed & breakfast.
It is situated within walking distance of all transport routes; the building serves as a linkage for creative thinking and cultural pursuits, linking various public art and creative industry sectors.
The Athenæum has become a multipurpose creative space. The building has been restored to its former glory; it was refurbished as part of the Mandela Bay Development Agency’s (MBDA) inner city precinct upgrade on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) with the financial support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
The building is Nelson Mandela Bay’s renewed creative hub for showcasing the city’s and the rest of the Eastern Cape’s arts, culture, creativity, artistic talents and various culture-rich heritage offerings.
It offers a variety of spaces for performances, exhibitions, events, conferences, meetings, launches, shows, theatre and workshops, as well providing studio and office space.
The building is being directed by a collective association known as the Athenæum Club (now Council). They are an open society of organisations that for over 100 years have been dedicated to promoting and developing arts, culture and heritage for all the people of the city. You can also visit The Athenaeum website.