Next week, the Sandton Convention Centre will be transformed into Joburg’s hottest art destination as the FNB Joburg Art Fair opens its doors.
Usually held in April, the annual event is now in its fourth year and was moved to September, which has been recognised as the city’s art season. A wide selection of events, exhibitions and talks will keep the City of Gold entertained and informed over the three-day event.
Twenty-three galleries will showcase work by a variety of artists – some old favourites and some newcomers. The galleries are selected by a panel of judges to present contemporary African art as it exists locally, on the continent and in the rest of the world.
This year will also see the launch of the R100,000 FNB Art Prize. Participating galleries were asked to submit an artist of their choice and the panel of judges have selected three finalists whose work will be displayed at the Fair. The finalists for the 2011 FNB Art Prize are Athi-Patra Ruga, Cedric Nunn and Nirveda Alleck.
Alfa Romeo will once again sponsor the popular Alfa Romeo Art Talks, which are free to ticket holders. Perhaps the most exciting speaker this year is Tate Modern director Chris Dercon, whose visit has been facilitated by the Goethe Institut.
In a collaboration between Business Day‘s Wanted Magazine and St Leger & Viney, a chill area will be set up where visitors can enjoy a glass of Pommery champagne. Wanted has also curated a special exhibition of works by young South African artists that will be displayed inside the lounge. With the help of 11 highly respected curatorial voices, Wanted has searched for “fresh talent causing a stir on the local and international art scenes”.
2011 will again see Artlogic partner with PG Bison to create the Fair-specific furniture exhibit. This year, PG Bison launched their 1.618 Open Competition, an extension of their successful student design competition run annually. Designers were asked to submit designs for furniture to be used in the FNB Joburg Art Fair book area, and the winning design came from design studio Orjon.
For the third year running, Source will showcase one-off pieces by up to 40 South African designers in the large Southern Guild furniture space. This space celebrates the synergy between contemporary art and contemporary design apace with international trends.
This is just a taste of the offering at the FNB Joburg Art Fair that runs from 23 – 25 September 2011. Tickets are R100 per day and can be booked online.
More information: www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za