Call for Applications 2023


Investec Cape Town Art Fair is proud to host its 10th anniversary edition from 17-19 February 2023. Investec Cape Town Art Fair offers an intimate experience of the largest contemporary art fair in Africa, in one of the world’s most vibrant art cities. With 99 exhibitors, 23,000 visitors, 6,000 VIPs and a supportive local art community, the fair provides a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to engage and create connections. Investec Cape Town Art Fair has proven to be the place where the fast-growing African art market and the international art world meet.

The 10th anniversary of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will explore the notion of time. This theme is appropriately wide-ranging and encompasses ideas related to the past, present and future, including the ever-important concept of change that comes with the passing of time both for humans and the world around us.




This theme will be reflected in all of our sections. And we are proud to announce that Investec Cape Town Art Fair has appointed the following curators that will each in their own way and through a section, grapple with the notion of time:

Tommorrows/Today section | Natasha Becker (San Francisco, United States) and Dr. Mariella Franzoni (Barcelona, Spain)

SOLO section | Sean O’Toole (Cape Town, South Africa)

Past/Modern section | João Ferreira (Lagos, Portugal)


The Main Section lies at the core of the Fair, showcasing presentations of contemporary art by leading galleries from around the globe.

TOMORROWS/TODAY: In and Out of Time

Co-curated by Natasha Becker (San Francisco, United States) and Dr. Mariella Franzoni (Barcelona, Spain)

Tomorrows/Today is a curated section which aims to highlight artists who will be tomorrow’s leading names. A panel of art professionals awards a cash prize to the artist with the highest quality presentation. The Tomorrows/Today platform is meant to act as a forecast of future relevant practises and ideas. There is no knowable line that one crosses to move from emerging to established, so the section can also present artists who have a track record but for whatever reason have not gained significant attention.

Titled  “In and Out of Time” the 2023 edition of Tomorrows/Today is a homage to the  renowned African-American poet Maya Angelou’s touching poem about everlasting love and suffering. 

Inspired by Angelou’s themes of love, affection, and suffering, Tomorrows/Today thematically engages with the link between our bodies, minds, and social settings or the affective dimension of our experiences of time, memory, history, imagination, action, and desire. 

Angelou’s poem contributes to our understanding of the complex and multidimensional role played by emotions and affect in politics and society. The current that connects our bodies and melds us into relationships and communities is a felt compulsion, a matix of moving lines of force, travelling through us, and leaving power in its wake. 

Co-curated by Natasha Becker and Dr. Mariella Franzoni, this section explores the ever-changing sphere of love, intimacy, the relationship with the self and other, the economy of care and affective labour, the geography and cartography of affection, new queer and feminist affectivities, biographies of desire, emotions as a drive for social power or feeling and sensing nature as a political ecology. 

Tomorrows/Today invites solo exhibitions of artists who, through the aesthetic power of their work, establish the affective conditions for encouraging our capacity to act together in ethically and politically meaningful ways, who shape our responses to current struggles, our sense of past and present, or throw into question ideas of the linear flow of time.

SOLO: Time’s Pencil

Curated by Sean O'Toole

“Isn’t drawing the polar opposite of a photo? The latter stops time, arrests it; whereas a drawing flows with it. Could we think of drawings as eddies on the surface of the stream of time?”

—John Berger, What Times Is It? (2019)

SOLO seeks to more fully explore the artistic practices of artists working locally and abroad, through curated solo presentations. This showcase will present new works in photography and drawing, as well as mixed-media works that probe the relationship between these two distinct media. Drawing is understood as a conceptual operation rather than limited to a specific medium (graphite, charcoal, crayon, pastel, watercolour, gouache), and can, for instance, encompass experimental methods (tape, Velcro). Galleries are free to submit discrete photographic works or series, drawing portfolios or installations, or mixed-media works such as paintings or textiles incorporating drawing and photography.


Curated by João Ferreira

Past/Modern adds historical context to the fair through gallery-curated presentations of Modern masters 1940 – 2000.

Continuing the curatorial focus of connoisseurship and collector motivation and building on the success of the 2022 fair, we are inviting galleries to show past/modern works with the inclusion of one major contemporary work, to encourage the discourse on the influence of historical works on contemporary statements we see today.

The infusion of modern design pieces on the booth is also welcomed to further the conversation.


The Editions Section showcases leading galleries and workshops that specialise in prints, multiples and editions.


ALT is dedicated to alternative booth formats and exhibitions that reflect how technological change continuously impacts the art world.

For this section, we encourage applications from nontraditional galleries including digital and technology-based projects that offer a fresh interpretation of the booth format.