TEN REASONS NOT TO MISS INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2022

More than 98 local and international exhibitors from 20 different countries, including 17 first-time participants, will be taking part in the ninth edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair, when it returns to its physical space at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 February.

This year visitors can look forward to the added extras that come with attending the fair in person: parties, talks, hosted debates, a bookshop, a space to hang out with artists and curators, drink bubbly or grab Something South African from Crystal Birch, Pichulik, Marigold, Missibaba or Moonbasket at the Fair’s inaugural pop-up store.

Organisers have also ensured that that the experience doesn’t stop at the CTICC, so whether you’re taking a walk, enjoying a talk or an evening bus tour of the Mother City’s most vibrant galleries, here are 10 reasons to come and enjoy this year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair experience:

1. A Digital Divergence

First things first. International travel restrictions needn’t stop anyone from experiencing some of the best contemporary art south of the equator. If you’re not able to physically be in the Mother City for the actual event, you can still enjoy everything that the fair has to offer thanks to the Fair’s reformulated hybrid model. The sophisticated Artshell digital podium adds a whole new dimension, allowing for an intimate online experience between viewers and artworks, collectors and exhibitors. Simply click and explore!

How to navigate the fair online: 

  • The public can have access to the digital fair from 18 – 20 February 2022 for FREE.
  • Visitors to the digital fair do not have to register.
  • Go to investeccapetownartfair.co.za site, and click on the button at the top of the home page (it is clearly marked) which will take you to the digital fair site.
  • Go to the homepage to see the list of galleries where you can click to see artists and artworks and their listed events.2. ALT Makes Its Debut

ALT is eye-catching and adventurous. An exciting new addition to the 2022 line-up, the focus is fresh, offering artists outside of the conventional exhibition space a chance to showcase work in a nonconventional way in the art fair setting. This year it’s dedicated to projects that reflect the ways in which the art world has had to adapt in response to the global shift from physical to virtual. Among the artists who have been selected for ALT are Daniel Malan (South Africa) of The Plot online gallery, Colijn Strydom (South Africa) of Untitled in South Africa, Rharha Nembhard (South Africa) of THEFOURTH (South Africa) and Willy Karekezi (Rwanda) of KomezART in Rwanda.

3. The New Narratives

A strong Talks Programme, which provides all with an opportunity to share and learn, has always been a key part of Investec Cape Town Art Fair and this year is no different. Curated by Art Momentum, it takes place on Friday, 18 February from 11h00 to 18h00 at the Westin Hotel. Artists, curators, gallerists and specialist collectors will take to the stage to share and explore various topics and encourage debate and discussion. The topics this year (in order of the talks) are: Preserving, Interpreting and Appropriating Heritage for a More Equitable Future; Art & Design for the Future: Towards Radical and Creative Ecologies; Autobiography, Self-Representation, and Shifting Narratives: Ashraf Jamal in Conversation with Thania Petersen and Billie Zangewa; and Into the Metaverse: The Impact of NFTs on the Art World.

4. Paint The Town Red

The primary purpose for visiting an art fair may be to see – or buy – art, but they’re also famously good places to party.  The enormously popular Gallery Night returns with the famous Cape Town Red Bus taking visitors on a night of gallery hopping in the Mother City. If you desperately want to rub shoulders with the who’s who of the African art world over a glass of bubbly or two, be on the lookout for the venue for Gallery Night’s official after party.

Red Bus departure details and the full list of galleries that will be visited can be found on the Gallery Night Facebook page and or the Investec Cape Town Art Fair website.

5. Bringing Back The Favourites

Investec Cape Town Art Fair is also bringing back the popular SOLO section, which features selected young and vibrant artists and dazzling new work.This year, the popular SOLO will explore “how artists have reacted to intimacy and introspection caused by the pandemic, as well as the effect that exchange and collaboration have on artistic practice as a whole”. Among the participating artists are Johannes Phokela (South Africa) of Eclectica Contemporary, Brett Charles Seiler (Zimbabwe) of Everard Read, Thebe Phetogo (South Africa) of Guns & Rain, Luyanda Zindela (South Africa) of SMAC, Osvaldo Ferreira (Angola) of This is Not a White Cube in Angola, Duduzi (DuduBloom) and More (South Africa) of Berman Contemporary in South Africa.

6. See Tomorrow’s Artists Today

Showcasing sometimes underrepresented talent is the DNA of Investec Cape Town Art Fair, especially talent from Africa. The aim of Tomorrows/Today is to showcase emerging and under-represented artists who are expected to make waves in the future. It’s open to those working in Africa and beyond and the ongoing theme is one of transformation and experimentation. This year it is curated by Nkule Mabaso (Head Curator, Michaelis Galleries, South Africa) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director, MAN-Contemporary Art Museum, Italy). The artists include Aldo Salucci (Italy) of A.MORE Gallery, Feni Chulumanco (South Africa) of EBONY/CURATED, Mavis Tauzeni (Zimbabwe) of First Floor Gallery, Philiswa Lila (South Africa) of Melrose Gallery, Abdus Salaam (South Africa) of THK, Bev Butkow (South Africa) of Guns & Rain and Michaela Young (South Africa) of SMAC. The artist with the most exciting presentation wins a cash prize and will be announced on Friday, 18 February at 12h30 at the TOMORROWS/TODAY booth at CTICC.

7. Walk The Talk

Always a highlight, the public walkabouts offer a great way to showcase outside studios and allow visitors to meet artists and listen to them talking about their passion. On Saturday 19 February, budding art collectors can learn about Starting an Art Collection with art advisor and avid art collector Amy Ellenbogen. Later in the afternoon, curator Andrew Lamprecht will talk Understanding Contemporary Art. On Sunday 20 February, Lamprecht will host The SOLO Section, sharing further insights into the featured SOLO Section artists and their response to the pandemic. This is followed by Female Artists, a curated tour of noteworthy female artists locally and internationally. An essential insight into some of the most important voices in the industry led by Founder of Under The Aegis & Curator Anelisa Mangcu.

8. Modern Masters

Guest curated by João Ferreira (Art Dealer and Art Advisor), Past/Modern adds historical context to the Fair through gallery-curated presentations of works of art by modern masters, such as Christo Coetzee, Edoardo Villa, Hannes Harrs, Irma Stern, Judith Mason, Paul du Toit, Gregor Jenkin, Cecile Skotness, Lucas Sithole, Marion Arnold, Robert Hodgins, Tinus de Jongh and Willem Boshoff.

9. Culture Club

Cultural institutions and non-profit organisations who nurture and support artistic production in the region through exhibitions and artist residencies, have the opportunity to present their work to the public. Participants this year include A4 Arts Foundation, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Evolving Art, LALELA, Norval Foundation, Zeitz MOCAA, and more.

10. Newbies And Navigating

Think you need millions to buy art, think again. Aimed at budding collectors, the Editions section of the Fair is where you’ll discover specialist prints and multiples. Leading print studios and galleries take centre stage and exhibitors include 50ty/50ty, ArtThrob and South Atlantic Press (all Cape Town), Artist Proof Studio, Dale Sargent Fine Art and LL Editions Contemporary (all Johannesburg), Asele Institute (Nimo, Nigeria) and Samuel Maenhoudt Gallery (Brussels, Belgium).

With so much to see, visitors will be spoiled for choice and so Laura Vincenti, director of Investec Cape Town Art Fair has put together some pointers on how to make the best of both events which can be found on the Fair’s website.

Wherever you wander at the fair, don’t be afraid to talk to exhibitors, gallerists and other experts. Their aim is to inspire enthusiasm about the artists they represent, not just sell their work. Most are genuinely excited by the pieces they showcase, and will be delighted to discuss them, whether or not you plan to pull out your wallet.

The details 

  • The ninth Investec Cape Town Art Fair will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 11h00 to 19h00.
  • Tickets can be purchased via the Webticket link on www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za

More information 

www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za

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The fine print 

  • All visitors will have to 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 (e.g., PCR test) taken within 72 hours of entering the Cape Town City Centre.
  • All visitors will be asked to practice social distancing.
  • Sanitise stations will be installed with alcohol-based sanitiser, wipes and tissues.
  • Onsite rapid tests will be available at the cost of the guest.

For media queries contact Thembalethu Khumalo: thembalethu@tenxcollective.co.za/076 338 8361 or Lisa Pellatt: lisa@tenxcollective.co.za/084 553 4629.

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.

About Investec 

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 prioritised.

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 (e.g., PCR test) taken within 72 hours of entering the Cape Town City Centre.
  • All visitors will be asked to practice social distancing.
  • Onsite sanitise 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