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Silo 5, 2nd Floor, Silo District,
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by 1 Sep 2022Business, News & Events

Silo District at the V&A Waterfront – New home of the CTCA

The CTCA moved to its new campus at the V&A Waterfront in September. Our central campus is on the 2nd floor of Silo 5, adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and provides spacious studios with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the oldest working harbour in the country. Our students will rub shoulders with artists, designers, and international visitors in the trendy artistic environment of the Silo district. The Contemporary Art programme will be offered in Silo 2, which is on the other side of the Zeitz, with a communal space shared with the main campus. No.5 Silo has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design Rating. This beautiful space has exceptional 24-hour security access and is located in the most sought after area in the Waterfront. The building is close to an array of popular restaurants, shops, gyms and premium hotels as well as being a few minutes’ walk from the V&A Wharf Shopping Centre.

Reason for the move

The founding members of the Creative Academy made a strategic decision in 2012 to seek an iconic space for the new institution. Woodstock was then up and coming and showed enormous promise to become a more established area for business. However, the slow development in the Woodstock environment, which was incredibly sluggish at the time of COVID, saw many tenants leaving The Old Biscuit Mill [TOBM] and Woodstock.

 The new investment by UXi earlier in 2022 afforded the Creative Academy the opportunity to evaluate our future in Woodstock and investigate initiatives to grow the institution to a global leader, focusing on attracting outstanding local and international students. Moving to the V&A next to the Zeitz MOCAA was an obvious choice to achieve this goal. The Board of the CTCA unanimously agreed that the upgraded campus would benefit both students and the Academy.

Providing a safe working and learning environment for our staff and students is a priority for us, and the Waterfront offers a high level of security 24/7.  By moving to this vibrant and inspirational environment, we also gained the following opportunities:

  • Working together with established art and design roleplayers (Zeitz, Grieg/Bronze Age, Artist’s alliance, Makers, various galleries and studios.
  • An internationally acclaimed Waterfront where work and lifestyle combine to global standards of excellence, serves as our campus grounds.
  • The main campus will be housed on the 2nd level of Silo 5, a green rated building, with sound and air quality measured daily.
  • All of V&A boasts uninterrupted electricity supply.
  • Students can enjoy a vast area of well-maintained gardens and social spaces as a campus.
  • Contemporary exhibitions, arts and crafts and design surround the students daily, creating an inspirational learning environment.
  • The V&A is the home to retailers to support student needs such as Apple iStore, Audiolens, Wizards and Incredible Connection.
  • High-quality gym, swimming pool, more than 80 restaurants, retail shops and other amenities near campus.
  • Having the main campus on one level creates a cohesive environment between the various programmes. The Contemporary Art practical studios will be hosted in Silo 2, which is close by opposite the Zeitz on the other side, but CA students will also share studios in Silo 5 as well as the communal space with the main campus.
  • Safe parking.
  • The Waterfront offers free WiFi in various areas, including the Silo District.
  • If you think you’ll be missing the Woodstock Neighbourgoods Market, there are two markets in the V&A Waterfront: the V&A Food Market, known for its street food stands, craft beer and live music, and the Oranjezicht City Farm Market which is held every Saturday in Granger Bay. Independent local farmers and artisanal food producers offer a wide variety of healthy produce.

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