After a hiatus brought on by Covid19 and the subsequent lockdowns- Africa’s largest contemporary art fair, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will return to its physical home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2022.
For the 2022 edition, local and international art lovers will have the opportunity to engage with the art online or in person, with Investec Cape Town Art Fair offering a hybrid of both platforms. The ninth edition will bring together the excitement of the long-running programme with a special new addition.
Investec has been the title sponsor of Cape Town Art Fair since 2018. “We believe art can break down barriers and bring people together. So, we’re delighted to welcome back a face-to-face Fair, combined with the digital edition, which could bring the world of art to a potentially larger, more diverse audience.” said Peta Dixon, Investec’s head of Sponsorships. She goes on to say, “Cape Town tourism has been badly impacted due to Covid19 travel restrictions, but we are hopeful that the 9th edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair will be a drawcard for the city synonymous with art and creativity.”
As artists and the art industry grapple with the future of the art world, it is important for Investec Cape Town Art Fair to stay abreast of audience and consumer trends. The new hybrid offering takes into account the lean towards at-home viewing, while making sure that the in-person experience is worth dusting off those party dresses for. Investec Cape Town Art Fair draws the best from artists from different parts of the world, from Nairobi to Paris, Dakar to Berlin, Lusaka to Leipzig, Milano and beyond, creating a diverse and delectable set of options for viewers and buyers alike.
“We cannot wait to welcome old and new friends and partners to Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2022 and provide a platform to connect, re-connect and interact with one another. The return of the physical event offers some reprieve and restoration for the global art community. We believe it will be a deeply emotionally, spiritually, and physically rewarding experience,” says Investec Cape Town Art Fair Director, Laura Vincenti.”
In addition to a broader artist presentation, the 2022 Investec Cape Town Art Fair has some exciting new additions.
The new ‘ALT’ section takes a different spin on a similar theme, inviting alternative galleries to portray the way in which the pandemic has affected how artists engage with the real and more pressingly, virtual worlds of art.
In addition to the new section ALT, the highly anticipated signature line-up includes:
- Tomorrows/Today guest-curated by Nkule Mabaso and Luigi Fassi
- Past Modern guest-curated by João Ferreira
- Cultural Platforms
- Magazines and Books
SOLO seeks to explore the artistic practices of artists working locally and abroad, through curated solo presentations. In its fourth iteration, the section will explore how artists have reacted to periods of isolation, as well as provide dialogue for conversations about the effect that exchange and collaboration has in the artist’s production.
This year’s programme with feature work from artists including Luyanda Zindela (South Africa) of SMAC Gallery in South Africa, Thebe Phetogo (Botswana) of Guns and Rain in South Africa, Brett Seiler (Zimbabwe) of Everard Read in South Africa, Osvaldo Ferreira (Angola) of THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE in Angola.
The Digital Eye
The digital edition will be available for online viewing via Artshell, allowing for autonomous, independent gallery/exhibitor access directly via an Artshell account with immediacy, and in sync with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair office championing the theme of “Connect Through Art from Africa and the World”.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair continues to expand beyond the physical realm (and within digital and online formats). The 2022 exhibitors will challenge notions of identity and what it means to be free through painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, and photography.
“As technology continues to evolve, we understand the role it will increasingly play in the art market at large and are poised to prepare our collector base and patrons for the implications of these advancements, which serve their long-term interests, ” says Vincenti.
The ninth edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will take place from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2022 at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and via the online platform Artshell.
Tickets can be purchased via the Webticket link on www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za
For more information, updates, Covid-19 protocols1 and how to register, log onto the website and follow Investec Cape Town Art Fair on Twitter @ICTAF, Instagram @investeccapetownartfair and Facebook @ICTArtFair. Use the hashtag #ICTAF.
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About Investec Cape Town Art Fair
Investec Cape Town Art Fair is the largest event of its kind in Africa. With over 100 exhibitors, over 22,000 visitors and 4800 invited guests, it offers a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to create connections at the forefront of contemporary art. With an intimate experience of one of the world’s most unique art capitals, 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 Investec Cape Town Art Fair is produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (FMEA) of Fiera Milano S.p.A, a global leader in exhibition management and the organisers of miart international modern and contemporary art.
About Fiera Milano
Fiera Milano is the domestic market leader and one of the main integrated operators worldwide in the exhibition and congress sector. The Group manages the leading exhibition site in Italy and dominates events in numerous manufacturing sectors: fashion, publishing, furniture and furnishings, home and lifestyle, mechanical tooling industry, tourism, professional hospitality, food, plant engineering and energy, construction, art, and sailing. Specifically, the business of the Group is focused on the management, organisation and hosting of fairs, exhibitions and other events through ensuring the availability of equipped exhibition space, project support and related services. Its offer is completed by engineering services, stand-fitting services - for both pre-fabricated and customised stands - stand-fitting technical and logistic services, as well as a multichannel platform that includes specialist publications, web content and congresses.
Fiera Milano has been listed in the STAR segment of the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Italian stock market since 2002.
Investec partners with private, institutional and corporate clients, offering international banking, investment and wealth management services in two principal markets, South Africa and the UK, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974 and currently has approximately 8,200+ employees. Investec has a dual listed company structure with listings on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.
1. Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2022 Health and Safety Protocols
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, in partnership with the CTICC, will apply all applicable, governmental recommended COVID-19 precautions to ensure our visitors’ safety is prioritized.
Including, but not limited to:
- All visitors will wear masks indoors.
- All visitors to present proof of full vaccination status in paper or digital application,OR present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (i.g., PCR test) taken within 72 hours of entering the Cape Town City Center.
- All visitors will be asked to practice social distancing.
- Onsite santise stations will be installed with alcohol-based sanitiser, wipes and tissues.
- Onsite rapid tests will be available at the cost of the guest.
It is to be noted that the safety regulations that are put forward can continue to change in relation to the spread of COVID-19. To ensure the utmost safety of all visitors and staff onsite, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will adapt their protocols in compliance with the recommendations provided by state regulations.
Further details regarding Investec Cape Town Art Fair safety protocols can be found on www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za