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A guide to Joburg's art fairs

16 Aug 2019
created 04 Aug 2019
September is Art Month in Joburg with a number of contemporary fairs taking place this year that are new to the calendar. The biggest art fair of the year and a highlight of the September art calendar has always been the FNB Joburg Art Fair, which is now under new ownership and has been given a new name – FNB Art Joburg – and an exciting update. Complementing the new FNB Art Joburg are two smaller new art fairs and tying it all together is the annual Art Week Joburg which connects up all the art fairs with complementary events such as exhibitions, tours and studio visits. 

Here’s our guide to art month September:

FNB Art Joburg

September 13 -15
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre.
Tickets available soon at artjoburg.com.

The new three-day FNB Art Joburg celebrates Joburg's incredible diversity and the city's role as a cultural hub for southern Africa, through a packed programme of art exhibitions and installations led by the continent's top drawer contemporary art galleries including Everard Read, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Stevenson and SMAC.

Highlights of the art fair programme include MAX, a large pavilion showcasing massive sculpture, paintings, video, large-scale installations and live performances and Gallery Lab, a 600sqm 'incubator' curated by artist and gallerist Banele Khoza and fair manager Nicole Siegenthaler. Gallery Lab will bring together nine galleries and artists from across the continent, becoming a collaborative art hub for the duration of the fair that will also host workshops, talks, panel discussions and informal gatherings covering a wide array of topics relating to the needs and trends of the contemporary African creative economy. 

Complementing the fair at Sandton Convention Centre, is the Gallery Weekend, a lifestyle and art programme that includes guided tours, artist studio visits, parties, exclusive talks, screenings and off-site performances. Major artists will be hosting studio visits and there will also be a special tribute performance to the late music legend Hugh Masekela. 

Latitudes

September 13 - 15
Venue: Nelson Mandela Square.
Tickets R120 per day.
Find out more at latitudesartfair.com.
Hosting its debut edition on Nelson Mandela Square, Latitudes Art Fair showcases work from more than 20 smaller galleries from across South Africa and the wider continent. In addition to the various gallery exhibitions there are also three special themed exhibitions: ‘Essay’, a section focused on the work of one emerging and one established artist, ‘Independent’ a curated exhibition of early-career artists who currently don’t have gallery representation, and ‘Spotlight’ a curated selection of artists from across Africa and the diaspora who will each present three works for the fair. Participating galleries and studios include David Krut Projects, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Guns & Rain and the digital art gallery TMRW Gallery.  

Underline Projects

September 12 -15
Venue: MOAD, 281 Commissioner Street, Maboneng.
Tickets R50 at the door (free for students). Find out more at underlineprojects.art.

Hosting its inaugural fair this September Underline Projects is an ‘exhibition platform for independent curators’. The fair gives African art curators an opportunity to present their own exhibition within the fair’s broader curated show. In a change from the classic art fair model which helps galleries forge links within the broader art industry and promote and sell their artists’ work, this fair seeks to empower independent curators and their artists, who aren’t attached to a particular art gallery, by giving them the opportunity to exhibit for free. The exhibitions are complemented by a talks programme focused on curatorial skills and participating curators also have the opportunity to be involved in mentorship.

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