Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a leading African corporate and investment bank, has partnered with Latitudes, the largest online marketplace for art from Africa. Together, RMB and Latitudes are bringing an innovative new indoor/outdoor art experience to Johannesburg.
RMB Latitudes (26-28 May 2023) is an artist-forward event with a focus on discovery and development. In addition to traditional art fair booths, galleries, curators and artists will be encouraged to create their own unique exhibition spaces, in response to the unexpected and intimate venue, Shepstone Gardens. Central to the curation of the 2023 edition is sculpture, as well as solo and duo artist presentations.
Says RMB’s Carolynne Waterhouse: “We are thrilled to partner with Latitudes who mirror our belief in Africa’s vibrant and resourceful creative economy. This public showcase of African artistic expression, in a unique Johannesburg venue, reinforces the importance of unlocking this continent’s creative talent.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors and the arts industry to a uniquely African art experience, that is inclusive, fair, highly curated and embraces our natural environment,” says Lucy MacGarry, Latitudes Co-founder. “Having always admired RMB’s committed support of the arts and refreshing approach to their many arts initiatives, we are incredibly proud to come together to realise our shared vision.”
At the 2023 edition of RMB Latitudes, artists and exhibitors from across the continent will transform Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property, into a curated celebration of art from Africa. Visitors can enjoy some of the finest of African contemporary art and creativity, while strolling through an iconic Johannesburg garden and enjoying art talks and walkabouts, contemporary dining experiences, champagne, wine and gin bars.
RMB Latitudes is a destination event celebrating the creative spirit, fostering new relationships, connecting artists and galleries to buyers and the public, and creating new opportunities.