Next week sees the start of the FNB Joburg Art Fair to be hosted in Sandton City from 23 – 25 September. This year the Art Fair has moved from its original time in Easter to September, in a move that organiser Ross Douglas says will hopefully contribute to an “art season” in the city.
23 galleries will be showcasing work by their artists in a 4000 square meter space, and provide access to a wide variety of different works.
Finalists for Art Prize
A new addition to this years Art Fair is the FNB Art Prize, a prize to the value of R100,000 cash, The finalists for the 2011 FNB Art Prize are Athi-Patra Ruga, Cedric Nunn and Nirveda Alleck.
Alfa Romeo Art Talks
A number of free talks will be given to ticket holders, sponsored by Alfa Romeo. Included is a talk by the Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon. Look out for Derconʼs keynote address as part of the Alfa Romeo Art Talks on Saturday 24 September. Derconʼs talk is entitled Audiences: How much do we really care, in which he will consider the way art institutions engage their public.
Pirelli – Rubber Souls
Pirelli will reveal the South African leg of their Rubber Souls project – a longstanding Pirelli initiate of collaborating with creatives to re-imagine rubber in clothing and accessory form. At the Art Fair Pirelli will commission South African young art star Mary Sibande to create work within this theme.
New Young Talent
Wanted has also curated a special exhibition of works by young South African artist 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”.
1.618 Open Competition
For the past three years Artlogic has partnered with PG Bison to create Fair-specific furniture out of their product. This year, PG Bison launches at the Fair the 1.618 Open Competition, which is an extension of the 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 in a row Source will showcase one-off pieces by up to 40 South African designers in a large furniture space at the Fair called Southern Guild. This space celebrates the synergy between contemporary art and contemporary design apace with international trends.
Visit the website of the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2011 for further information. Tickets are R100 per person for a day pass.
Friday 23 September 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday 24 September 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 25 September 10 AM – 4 PM
10and5 will be at the Art Fair this year, hope to see you there too!