Partners / Sponsors
Investec has been the title sponsor of the Cape Town Art Fair since 2018. “Every year since it debuted, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has grown in both exhibitors and visitors. It’s the largest of its kind in Africa and draws a huge cross-section of art collectors and enthusiasts from all corners of the world. We were disappointed that this year’s in-person event had to be canceled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but we are most excited by the launch of the fair’s first digital event in September,” said Investec’s head of sponsorships, Peta Dixon.
The new permanent online platform signals a shift from a purely physical art experience to a hybrid model. “Hopefully, next year, when Investec Cape Town Art Fair returns to the Cape Town Convention Centre, it will be bolstered with this online offering too. This hybrid model ensures we are adapting to our clients’ evolving art habits.”
“Investec believes art can make a difference. In a country that has great cultural diversity, art has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing people together. As a form of expression, art reveals people’s and communities' stories and truths in a way that is truly authentic. In the context of South Africa’s current turbulent social landscape, we feel art can play a powerful role in breaking down barriers and bringing people together,” commented Peta Dixon.
IMPACT ON THE ART INDUSTRY
- Brings together leading local and international galleries and collectors.
- Creates an economic platform for contemporary art which results in the growth of sales and participants within the South African art market.
- Encourages the sharing of knowledge and professionalism in South Africa's art industry.
- Creates a widely seen creative platform for the visual arts, which is accessible both internationally, regionally, and locally.
Cape Town boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by top galleries on the African continent. Thanks to its dynamic and diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, the city is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike. The enormous sales seen by Investec Cape Town Art Fair's exhibitors in past editions suggests that a sustainable model for an art fair is not only viable but essential for the art market.
Also integral to Investec Cape Town Art Fair is its curatorial component which contributes to the social and cultural economy for contemporary art in the region. The Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.
“By providing a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and collectors, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has the ability to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent.”
Fair Director, Investec Cape Town Art Fair
Investec Cape Town Art Fair is produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (FMEA) of the Fiera Milano Group, one of the world’s leading events companies and the creators of the critically-acclaimed Italian art fair MIART. The Fiera Milano Group exhibition was started in 1920 in Milan and is now the leading exhibition group in Italy and one of the top players in the world. Fiera Milano is the only Italian trade fair listed on the stock exchange (since December 2002). Renowned experience in the trade fair business, excellence in professional exhibitions and services, as well as cutting edge facilities and its success in international conference management, all make Fiera Milano the ideal partner for promotion, development and internationalisation.