Driftwood Studios

General information

Brief description of organisation

Driftwood Studios is a Creative Residency established by George Kockott, Sculptor, and his wife Claire at the start of the Wild Coast, near East London, South Africa.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Driftwood Studios offers private and shared studio spaces overlooking the coastal dune forest of South Africa, yet; an inspiring natural environment which we would like to share with other sculptors, fine artists, potters, writers and other creatives. The 6 x 14m Gallery space is a fine rehearsal area for performing artists.

Mentoring support from George Kockott, sculptor of 35yrs experience is available to help your project come to fruition.

Driftwood Studios is an art studio facility equipped for a range of visual arts including woodwork, ceramics, metalwork, stone carving and painting. We have held writers retreats, and the 6 x 14m Gallery is large enough for workshops and performing arts rehearsals.

Located in the village of Rainbow Valley, adjacent to pristine coastal dune forest and a few minutes walk to the sea. The beach has dramatic sand dunes, beautiful stones and of course driftwood to inspire. There are good local shops 5km away, including hardware, groceries, chemist, restaurants, post office etc., with the city of East London just 20km distance.

Stay in one of two self-catering cottages for R300pp sharing & R400 single, including private or shared workstation in accommodation or studio. Raku Cottage is a two bedroom unit with lounge/dining/kitchen. Driftwood Cottage, a thatched treehouse, has 1 bedroom and a small kitchen/diner. Partners or accompanying friends are welcome as we gently encourage all to explore their creative side.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralCoastal, 5 minutes from good amenities, 20 mins the city of East London

  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops open to the public in a range of subjects from Yoga to feltmaking

How to reach

By train

Take the sleeper train from Johannesburg to East London main station

By plane

East London Airport is 40 mins by car

By car

On the N2 from East London after Gonubie take the exit 1060 R102 East Coast Resorts Road, Brakfontein. At the top of the off ramp turn right and then first tar left, signposted T1 Schafli Road, Wild Coast Jikeleza East Coast Resorts.

On Schafli Road/Wild Coast Jikeleza/East Coast Resorts pass 2 Swans Wedding Farm on right. Take first tar turn right at the Crossways Village Centre shops signposted T4 Sunrise-on-Sea & T3 Kwelera. Pass school and over speed bump before right turn on T4 to Sunrise. Look out for the speed bump before and then after a sharp bend to the right. Then look for Driftwood Studios Brown sign on left indicating the gravel turn right to Rainbow Valley. There is a cluster of signs at the turn including Rainbow Valley & Rainbow Seeds. Turn right then go straight for @2km up to the gate across the road ahead to Rainbow Valley Complex.

Phone us at the gate to Rainbow Valley Complex for access. After the gate, take the second left hand turn, i.e. not immediately left but after the first two houses. Driftwood Studios is on the right on the top of the little rise. Come in the drive and park in the carport on the left or on the grass. Reception is on your right in the main house.

Nearest airport

East London

Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

Driftwood Studios
26 Rainbow Valley
5201 East London
South Africa


Phone: +27 437374431
Fax: +27 86 685 7643

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