The Studio Art Gallery - Exhibition Header - St John  Vision 20 20 - 2019

16 May – 03 June

Vision 20/20 Exhibition

Sight is a very personal and intimate experience for each person. Healthy eyesight determines quality of life and experiences

This is at the heart of our exhibition; the 32 images by Cape Town photographer – showcase the individuals that benefit from the Eye care services that St John offers to South Africans and embodies our motto:

“Pro Utilitate Hominum” – In the service of humanity. 

Each individual that has been selected and showcased here, has a story to tell.

From dressmakers, truck drivers and construction workers to community leaders, these are the people that shape our communities, these are the people that St John serves.

We have included unsung heroes within St John; dedicated individuals who give of their time as optometrists, receptionists, and bookkeepers. Men and women that work towards a better vision, a grander vision,  A 20/20 Vision.

The Studio Art Gallery will be hosting the official launch of the St John Vision 20/20 exhibition on the 17th of May 2019 at 6:00 pm in Cape Town. We are excited to have the team of Dr. Paul Bayliss and Thabo Seshoka from the ABSA Art Gallery and Sarah McGee from M Studio community curating our showcase. We are happy to announce that our Our official printing partners is Rapid Studio on board. #SavingSight

The aim of the exhibition is to:

• To showcase how individual’s lives are changed when they have the gift of healthy eyesight

• To raise awareness about the eye care work of St John in local communities

• To highlight the importance of accessible, affordable, high-quality eye care

Opening Event

Friday 16 May was a fantastic evening of great art, food, and wine, as many came out to consider the philanthropic work of the Order of St John. Our entertaining MC guided us through no less than 6 informative and prompt keynote speakers. A special thank you to Robyn Keet and Saroj Rajoo for all your hard work and being so well organized.

The speakers were as follows:

MC: Mr Chris Martin, Business Development manager of St John, South Africa.

Col. Kevin Williams, Chancellor of the Order of St John

Mr Marc Alexander, Co-owner of The Studio Art Gallery

Alderman Felicity Purchase

Mr George Woods, Ceo of St John South Africa

Dr Dion Kallis, St John – Fish Hoek optometrist.

Mrs Saroj Rajoo, St John – Fish Hoek center manager

Who is St John – South Africa?

St John operates Eye Care Clinics across South Africa, providing professional eye testing and the dispensing of budget spectacles to members of the community who are unable to afford commercial rates. In addition, St John Eye Care Clinics diagnose cases where patients require corrective surgery, e.g. cataracts, and refer them to local eye hospitals for treatment. This screening process enables the hospitals to concentrate on their primary function of surgery.  Optometrists who practice at St John Eye Care Clinics are also members of the South African Optometric Association.

St John – Fish Hoek

St John – Fish Hoek Eye clinic, officially opened at the Fish Hoek centre in January 2009 and have been offering quality, affordable eye care services to the community. Book your eye test by calling them on 021 782 3306.

How can you get involved?

Book your appointment at or at any of our 12 eye clinics around South Africa.

Attend our photographic events by emailing Chris Martin ( and Robyn Keet (

These 32 images will be available for sale to raise money in assisting St John Eye clinics to reach communities that does not have access to affordable, high-quality eye care.


Durban Art Gallery from the 4th to the 30th of April

Simons Town, Cape Town

The Studio Art Gallery from the 16th of May to the 3rd of June. Opening event on Friday, 17 May at 6 pm and a walkabout on Saturday, 18 May at 10 am. 57791848976

Stellenbosch, Cape Town

Stellenbosch University Museum from the 24th of July to the 30th of August


Johannesburg dates and venue still to be confirmed.


St John South Africa is grateful for the support of Rapid Studio- SA’s leading photobook company; Art Times, PicFlick, The Studio Art Gallery, Cattle Baron, Harbour Bay, Pick n Pay Harbour Bay, Mary Beth de Lisle, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Ms N Ryan, Mugg n Bean, Mr and Mrs Edwards, Tuscan Villa, Calders Hotel, Monkey Valley Resort, Brass Bell and Harbour House Kalk Bay.

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