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An art playground at RMB Latitudes 2023

26 Apr 2023
We're sure that by now you have heard about RMB Latitudes 2023, the latest entry to Joburg's art fairs joining FNB Art Joburg and Turbine Art Fair. In our previous feature, we chatted with the team behind it. What kept cropping up and stuck out to us on our visit to Shepstone Gardens was how this venue requires a unique approach to setting up exhibits. The result is an art fair that will spread over the enchanting gardens and grand, dare we say, over-the-top buildings. Walking between booths, each with its own selection of exhibitors, you will get the sense of strolling through different landscapes that include a magical fairy garden, a French chateau and a lush forest.

These immersive and changing sceneries around you not only add a sense of adventure to the fair but act as great refreshers between exhibits. You'll need them, as RMB Latitudes 2023 brings a broad range of local and international galleries and several independent artists.

You'll be encouraged to take your time though; RMB Latitudes has curated the experience to allow you to take it all in at a leisurely pace. Keep reading to find out what to expect, and book your tickets now. The fair takes place from May 28–May 30, 2023.

LATITUDES CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

 
Marble floors and velvet drapes. All it's missing is an array of artwork. 
 
Change is Coming, 2023, Frances Goodman, Acrylic Nails, Silocone, Fibergalss, Wire and Batting, Courtesy SMAC Gallery.

The grand marble hall, which hosts the exhibitors for Latitudes Centre for the Arts, is an apt stage for some of South Africa's heavy hitters and a few prominent international galleries. The galleries taking over the marble-floored and velvet-draped hall that we're particularly excited to see are Afriart Gallery, who, since their establishment in 2002, have become one of the leading contemporary African art galleries, the experimental Angolan gallery MOVART, Everard Read Gallery with its captivating artists including Lady Skollie, and Kalashnikovv Gallery and SMAC for what new edge they're going to bring to their booths.

Exhibitors: Afriart Gallery (Uganda), Everard Read Gallery, First Floor Gallery Harare (Zimbabwe), Goodman Gallery, Kalashnikovv Gallery, MOVART (Angola), No Man's Gallery (Netherlands), SMAC, Suburbia (Spain).

MEZZANINE

The exhibitors chosen to fill the mezzanine's wide glass-fronted walls speak to the space's airy interiors in how they create room for varied artistic expressions, where as much attention is paid to experimentation in the process as to the end product. With new work from the team at David Krut Projects, a virtual reality room from TMRW Gallery and EdenLabs and artists from Berlin-based ARTCO Galerie, the space will be packed with visual surprises.

Exhibitors: ARTCO Galerie (Germany), Christopher Moller Gallery, David Krut Projects, the gallery, EdenLabs and TMRW Gallery.

ROOFTOP TERRACE

 
The rooftop terrace provides a relaxed atmosphere for you to chat and unwind while still enjoying incredible art.

The rooftop terrace has an open-air area alongside its covered patio, and with views of the swathes of green enveloping Joburg's Northern suburbs is a visual treat itself. Eleven Editions, FEDE and Jillian Ross Print, are the exhibitors complimenting these vistas. The terrace also acts as a pause area, and there will be food and drink options courtesy of chef James Diack and the Franschhoek Wine Valley to help you refuel.

Exhibitors: Eleven Editions, FEDE and Jillian Ross Print.

CENTRE COURT

 
Nihil Ex Nihilo IV, 2021, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Digital Photograph, Courtesy Doyle Wham.

Taking Centre Court are several galleries that focus on emerging artists, from local galleries such as Guns & Rain and The Melrose Gallery, to Doyle Wham from the UK, focusing on Africa's cutting-edge photography. It is a great place to go if you want to see new African fresh talent.

Exhibitors: ART AFRICA, Doyle Wham (UK), Eclectica Contemporary, Gallery 2, Guns & Rain, KZNSA, Martin Projects, Origin Art, The Melrose Gallery, Thomarts Gallery and Worldart Gallery.

GLASS MARQUEE & GARDENS

Component of division, 2021, Gaelen Pinnock, steel rebar. Photo by Mia Thom.

As you meander through Shepstone Garden's winding sandstone paths to the soft sounds of turtle doves and wind in the trees above you, you will find sculptures and large-scale works nestled in all sorts of exciting spaces. The gardens and marquee give artists from Artist Proof Studio, Delaney Studio and The Art Room, among others, plenty of room for their installations. It makes moving between exhibits that much more engaging.

Exhibitors: Artist Proof Studio, Delaney Studio, Imba Ya Sarai Gallery, Spier Arts Trust, The Artists' Press, The Art Room and The White River Gallery.

ESSAY (Exhibition)

Black Kids Taking No Losses II, 2021, Katlego Tlabela, acrylic ink collage on canvas, Courtesy the artist.

Nkhensani Mkhari has curated Essay and brings together the work of three artists, Sam Nhlengethwa, Katlego Tlabela and Cinthia Sifa Mulanga. Each depicts interiors and how people occupy them, and the exhibition promises a nuanced dialogue in concept and approach to colour and line.

DESIGN

RMB Latitudes 2023 extends its gaze beyond the gallery's walls to bring some of South Africa's hottest and most daring designers to their design store. Located off the hall hosting The Latitude Centre for Arts, the design store will feature Guillotine, Lalela, L'MAD Collection x Latitudes, Marigold Beads, Kevin Collins ceramics, SAD, Something Good Studio and Waldman Studios.
 
You'll feel tucked away from the city at RMB Latitudes 2023.

It's hard to sum up the vast talent that is going to be on display for RMB Latitudes 2023, and the only way to truly get a sense of it is to attend the fair. It will be one of those events that you'll look back on and regret not going to if you don't. While the showcase of art is a big reason for this, the fresh approach RMB Latitudes brings to the art fair model and their focus on how the viewer moves through the space really sets it apart. But don't just take our word for it. Experience RMB Latitudes 2023 for yourself by booking here.

 

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