Once a year I honour my tradition and make the art pilgrimage to Joburg for the annual FNB Art Fair. Without fail, it’s one of the best weekends of my year. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait an entire year before experiencing the enrichment of art on a global scale. I can experience it right here in Cape Town, at the Cape Town Art Fair.
Cape Town’s vibrant art scene is especially lauded for one week during the Cape Town Art Fair, a large-scale exhibition that emphasises the diversity of work in our country, continent and world. Showcasing the richness of investment art, it’s an opportunity for artists, curators and galleries to convene and celebrate art in its various forms.
Some of the largest gallery spaces in Africa can be found in Cape Town, so it seems only apt for our city to host this four-day showcase. It’s held at a time when international and local visitors congregate for more than one art and design fair. With Design Indaba, GUILD and the Cape Town Art Fair held in the same week, it’s a visual art and design extravaganza that is as exciting as it is enriching.
The fair is held at both The Avenue, the new venue at the V&A Waterfront, and the recently launched campus concept – Art Avenue – which extends from The Avenue, through the North Wharf and right up to the Bascule Bridge. You’ll have the opportunity to see local and international exhibitors and galleries, meet artists, enjoy outdoor public installations, listen to talks by great names in the art world and enjoy the beauty of the Cape surrounds, all while taking in some of the best contemporary art in Africa and beyond.
Designed for investors, aficionados and the mildly curious, it’s certainly an event to diarise.
View the talks programme here.
Where The Avenue, V&A Waterfront
When 26 February – 1 March 2015
Cost R80, children R50, under 12 years free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or via Computicket
Contact +27 21 702 2280, www.capetownartfair.co.za