Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2021
Call For Entry
Taking place between the 21st and 23rd of May 2021, Investec Cape Town Art Fair offers an intimate experience of the largest contemporary art fair in Africa, in one of the world’s most vibrant art cities. With over 107 exhibitors, 22,000 visitors, 4800 VIPs and a supportive local art community, the fair provides a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to engage and create connections. Investec Cape Town Art Fair has proven to be the place where the fast-growing African art market and the international art world meet.
With the emergence of COVID-19, the world is being driven into a state of uncertainty and the urgency of rebuilding. Investec Cape Town Art Fair assures you of our willingness to aid you in sustaining visibility, momentum and presence during these times; with utmost sensitivity around the impact the last few months have brought. Therefore, Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s focus for its ninth edition is shared-support, collaboration and inspiring new initiatives to ensure momentum and establish a support system amongst exhibitors. We believe in the art fair model to bring people together to connect, converse and contemplate at the forefront of contemporary art. The 2021 edition of the fair looks profoundly to the notion of collaboration across aspects of Investec Cape Town Art Fair with the intention of opening up a dialogue and a shared support structure, with an exchange of ideas, research, artists, strategies and resources.
We introduce a new strategy which aims to aid exhibitors in reducing pressure and costs: Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2021 will provide an opportunity for exhibitors to share a booth, whereby exhibitors are able to share the manning, space, transport and costs of a booth. The 2020 edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair introduced this model; with a group of 3 Belgian galleries - Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, PLUS-ONE Gallery and Geukens & De Vil - coming together from a region to share booth space, which resulted in a successful collaboration. This model is entirely up to exhibitors to decide on, as a way of collaborating spatially and logistically. Shared booths are limited to 3 exhibitors maximum. Collaborative booths, for example, can be between local (South African) and international galleries that share commonalities and ideas. We as Investec Cape Town Art Fair are open as a facilitator to establish connections and communication between galleries. You are welcome to contact us directly should you wish to be put in touch with another gallery directly or through us, in order to start a conversation and form a cross-pollination of ideas, artists and resources.
Applications for multiple booths will receive a discount: 5% discount on the second booth and 10% discount on the third booth.
Guidelines for submitting supporting documents can be found on each entry form, please follow them closely. Selected exhibitors in the Main Section, SOLO, and Tomorrows/Today must have a physical exhibition space and be able to demonstrate a regular exhibition programme throughout the year, as well as a roster of represented artists. The selection of galleries is decided upon by a committee of gallerists and curators working locally and abroad, based on the quality of each gallery’s proposal and supporting documents. We do not accept applications from individual artists.
Please note the R1725 (incl. VAT) application fee, which must be paid upon applying.
Application deadline: 15 January 2021.
The Main Section lies at the core of the Fair, showcasing presentations of contemporary art by leading galleries from around the globe.
Tomorrows/Today is a curated section which aims to highlight artists who will be tomorrow’s leading names. A panel of art professionals awards a cash prize to the artist with the highest quality presentation. The section will again be co-curated by Nkule Mabaso (Head Curator, Michaelis Galleries, South Africa) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director, MAN-Contemporary Art Museum, Italy). The Tomorrows/Today platform is meant to act as a forecast of future relevant practises and ideas. There is no knowable line that one crosses to move from emerging to established, so the section can also present artists who have a track record but for whatever reason have not gained significant attention.
SOLO seeks to more fully explore the artistic practices of artists working locally and abroad, through curated solo presentations. In its fourth iteration, the section will extend on Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s project, insight-out, which we launched in early April: we invited artists from the galleries that were part of the 2020 edition to look within and engage with a playful Q&A that relates to the act of isolation, and the intimacy and introspection it comes with.
Extending on this, SOLO explores how artists have reacted to the isolation period, as well as opening up a conversation about the effect that exchange and collaboration has in the artist’s production. The questions of how sharing has enriched the artist’s practice and how virtual contact has impacted their practice come to mind.
Editions showcases leading galleries and workshops that specialise in prints, multiples and editions.