Montebello Design Centre is located in Newlands, Cape Town, and is the result of a financial and property bequest by Cecil Michaelis.

The Project is situated in the farm buildings of the historic site of Montebello. These buildings and land have a colourful history, being the birth place of Ohlssons Brewery and Continental China. Today, Montebello Design Centre is home to a broad spectrum of designers and artists, from jewellers to painters, film makers to landscapers.

The PROD (product design, research and opportunity development) programme is an outreach project run as part of Montebello Design Centre's mandate to promote craft and design.


Mrs. Claire Graaff, Mrs Irene Menell, Dr Frank Raimondo, Prof Max Michaelis, Ms Erika Elk, Ms Delicia Forbes, Mr Stephen Granger, Ms Mel Hagen, Ms Irene Staehelin.

The Butterfly Studio is a teaching studio offering art classes and workshops exploring the healing nature of art. The Butterfly Studio was opened by Angela Katschke of the Butterfly Art Project at the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town in January 2014. Angela's vision is to create a space for healing art where people can explore and experience art in a new way. Angela offers painting class 'Painting to strengthen the I-forces' and workshops on how to make your own chalk pastels and paint.​

David Krut Projects is dedicated to an awareness of and careers in the arts and related literature and media, and to promoting contemporary culture in a dynamic and collaborative environment. The gallery showcases editions and unique works from the David Krut Print Workshop by leading and emerging South African artists, as well as work in a variety of other media by artists closely associated with us. Other editions by various established local and international artists are also available for purchase. Our specialist bookstore stocks monographs and DVDs on local and international artists; titles from David Krut Publishing, such as the TAXI Art Book series of monographs on South African artists, the Handspring Puppet Company, Deborah Bell: Alchemy and Diane Victor: Burning the Candle at Both Ends; publications on William Kentridge; and a wide range of art and design reference material. David Krut Publishing is the distributor for TATE Gallery publications, Assouline titles and Illuminations and Arthaus DVDs.​

Lesley Charnock is a South African artist who is well known for depicting essentially South African scenes in oil and acrylics. She works in an impressionistic style.

She loves to paint scenes of the Cedarberg, Klein Karoo or Pondoland. In the landscapes, Lesley captures the people; people in donkey carts, harvesting in the fields or simply walking down a dusty road. "In general I am drawn to the dramatic tonal values of figures in the bright African sunlight, the sharp contrast of the highlights and deep shadows. I enjoy the richness and texture of oils and the speed and versatility of acrylics!"

Lesley teaches, paints and displays her work in her gallery at Montebello. She also displays her work in several well known galleries in and around Cape Town. She also sells cards of her work and art prints on canvas.

31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands 7708 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: 021 685 6445 



Managing Director: Tessa Graaff 082 920 8183

Administration/Accounts: Fiona Pape 073 212 1663


Jenny Strachan: 071 873 7012 

CALL 021 689 3158 or email

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