We invite you to the world of Walter Battiss. Join us for the Walter Battiss Artscape Festival, a weekend of good old-fashioned country living with a twist.

Let your creative juices flow, bring your friends and family, come and enjoy the Artscape festival, 18-20 August 2023. Find your Fook Island at the foot of the Boschberg Mountain, the oasis of the Karoo.

The Festival is aimed at art lovers from around the country, and we hope to raise awareness of the Walter Battiss Art Museum, and raise funds to sustain the museum throughout the next twelve months.  The Walter Battiss Foundation is a non-profit organization, and is wholly dependent on donations to empower future generations of creative thinkers, and sustain the legacy of Walter Battiss in perpetuity.

Friday evening will have Fook Island inspired themed food, paired with wine, gin or whisky offered at several venues in Somerset east. Catch the Fook Ferry from one venue to the next, using your Fook Island map, making sure you get your Fook Island passport stamped at each venue.

Each stamp will be your ticket entered into the lucky draw with wonderful prizes up for grabs on Saturday night at the Battiss memorabilia auction. The more tastings you enjoy, the more tickets you have entered into the lucky draw, increasing your chances for a great prize.

Saturday, make sure you dress the part for the Fook Island themed parkrun. Book your four ball to enjoy the American scramble golf day at the Somerset East golf club. The third hole rated as one of his top one hundred holes, by Gary Player. Register for art classes with the travelling Karoo artist Annari Oosthuizen.

Stroll around the craft market at Gill College, offering local handmade goodies, pick up some tasty treats or cast your vote for the best succulent display presented by the Garden Club. Visit the Walter Battiss art museum to see some of his original master pieces. On Saturday evening make sure you are at the golf club to enjoy a local spit braai of venison or lamb and participate in the auction, offering collectable Battiss memorabilia.

By enjoying the weekend with us your support will contribute to the sustainability of the Walter Battiss Art Museum managed by the non-profit Walter Battiss Foundation. We look forward to getting “fooked” with you.

How to get involved:

We are excited to offer several sponsorship opportunities throughout the weekend; including, but not limited to:

  1. Golf day | 4 Ball American Scramble | Saturday 19 August 2023:
    1. Main Sponsor
    2. Prize Sponsor
    3. Sponsor a hole
    4. Enter a 4-ball
  2. Passport Sponsor: your passport will allow you entry to the Festival activities.  This is an amazing opportunity for brand visibility.
  3. Goodie bags:  Fook passports will be available to enjoy the Festival activities.  Each Passport holder will receive a goodie bag.  Exciting promotional product opportunity.
  4. Tasting lanyard: great branding opportunity with good visibility and a memento of the event.
  5. Prizes for the lucky draw.
  6. Tasting venues at no cost to the exhibitor: the idea is one of mutual profit, where your company would come and do tastings at the venues with liquor licenses, showcasing your products, allowing visitors the opportunity to purchase your products at the venue.

Banking details:

Investec Bank

Branch code: 580105

Account number: 50013657668

Please use Artscape and your name for donations, or Golf and your name for payments for the golf day. 


Talk to us if you are interested in any of the other sponsorship opportunities!


  • Chairman: Alan Hobson 082 44 22 884
  • Treasurer: Ros Turner 042 243 1448 (between 10 am and 2 pm)
  • Secretary: Annabelle Hobson 082 375 4720


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Start Date: 18 August, 2023
End Date: 20 August, 2023
Phone: 082 375 4720
Venue: Somerset East, Eastern Cape