SAVAH, formerly the South African Association of Art Historians (SAAAH), was established in 1984 to promote art history in South Africa. SAVAH aims to serve the needs of professional art historians, researchers in other creative, visual-cultural and material-cultural fields, as well as arts practitioners, teachers, students and members of the public interested in art, architecture, and related cultural issues.

A year membership currently costs R350 (running from 1 July to 30 June).

Membership is free for FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (with proof of student status).

If you sign up as a new member after 1 April, you get the months up to 30 June of that year free!

If you would like to make a GROUP PAYMENT (for several members of an academic department for example), please send an email to with the names of the members you would like to pay for and we will send you a custom invoice and payment request via PayFast.

To join SAVAH, click here.

You may also make a DONATION of any amount you choose to SAVAH at any time. Please see the link in the website footer to make a donation payment via PayFast. We will issue you a Receipt on request.