Investec has partnered with Cape Town Art Fair as lead sponsor for the next three years. The annual exhibition, to be known as Investec Cape Town Art Fair, is renowned as a leading destination in Africa to buy local and international art. It is also the place where buyers from around the world interact with galleries and exciting emerging and established artists, creating important global networks.
Now in its sixth year, the fair is produced by the internationally recognised Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, which has elevated the overall quality of the show to align with international standards. Commenting on the collaboration with Investec, Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa Managing Director Maria Chieppa said: “We are partnering with Investec to maximise the value of Cape Town Art Fair. We needed to find the right sponsor to reflect the image of where the fair is going and we couldn’t have found a more fitting partner than Investec.”
Investec sees strong benefits from this collaboration. “In a country that has great cultural diversity, art has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing people together. Internationally, the popularity of African art is on the rise. We are looking forward to collaborating with Cape Town Art Fair to help facilitate this growth and further develop Cape Town’s reputation as an international destination for art enthusiasts,” said Investec’s Global Head of Marketing, Malcolm Fried.
“Investec believes in being able to leverage international networks for the benefit of local business. This is one of the reasons that we see the collaboration with Investec Cape Town Art Fair as important for the growth of the sector in South Africa. Our clients have a passion for both the country and for the world of art, so there is great opportunity for client engagement, as well as storytelling,” said Malcolm Fried. He added that this had the potential to drive interest from internationally mobile buyers, resulting in increased economic investment and tourism into the region.
An international showing
Investec Cape Town Art Fair will take place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The participating galleries are set to offer a broad representation of the forefront of contemporary art, from Africa to the world and the world to Africa.
Internationally renowned galleries such as Galerija Gregor Podnar (Berlin, Germany), Perrotin (Paris, France) and Magnin-A (Paris, France) will be welcomed to Cape Town for the first time. We will also see the return of leading galleries such as Galleria Minini, October Gallery, Galleria Continua, Primo Marella Gallery, and Tiwani Contemporary, among others.
Highlighting the cutting edge of the African art scene are South African galleries including Goodman Gallery, Stevenson, Gallery MOMO, SMAC Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Blank Projects, and Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, amongst others. More broadly, important established and emerging galleries from the African continent such as Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda), Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya), First Floor Gallery Harare (Harare, Zimbabwe), ARTLabAfrica (Nairobi, Kenya) and Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) will also contribute to the strong showing of the region’s art market.
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE and Mov’art, both from Angola, will be attending for the first time, presenting solo presentations in ICTAF’s curated sections Tomorrows/Today and SOLO. Curated by Nontobeko Ntombela, the inaugural edition of SOLO will highlight the contribution of female artists, and will include Parul Thacker from India, represented by Amar Gallery (London), Maïmouna Guerresi from Italy and Senegal, represented by Officine dell’Immagine (Milan) and locally, exciting young artists such as Buhlebezwe Siwani represented by WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town) and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum represented by Tiwani Contemporary (London), amongst others.