The 2012 FNB Joburg Art Fair welcomed 10 000 visitors, 27 galleries from 6 countries and 12 Special Projects.
The dates for the 6th edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair are 27-29 September 2013.
Since our inception in 2008, First National Bank has remained the primary sponsor of the Fair and we wish to thank them for their support to contemporary visual art.
Our intention from the beginning has been to create a fair that showcases the best contemporary art from the planet’s biggest continent. Six years ago this seemed like an almost impossible task with the Economist running a front cover – “The hopeless Continent”. That publication has recently done an about turn with its December 2011 cover “Africa rising”. The Art Fair too is starting to benefit from this renewed interest in Africa. This year will see more galleries from Africa and Europe participating in the Fair.
We would like to thank our participating galleries who too have pioneered contemporary art from Africa in some of the most difficult economic conditions the world has faced in recent times. With so few contemporary museums and consistent biennales in Africa, the Art Fair has become an important place for the continent’s artists, curators, collectors, writers and art lovers to congregate. A big welcome to all of you too and thanks for the support through the years – without this mix of passionate people there would be no Fair.
One of Artlogic’s primary aims with the FNB Joburg Art Fair is to grow the audience for art from Africa. We continue to greet school children to the event and partner with development programs with the hope that Africa’s art can continue to rise.
This year, the Fair central focus will be on photography. 2013 will see the third edition of the FNB Art Prize, and we will once again bring you an international Talks Program, which focuses on “Collecting Contemporary Art from Africa”.
In addition to FNB we would like to thank Arts Alive and the City of Johannesburg, Pirelli, Tate Modern, the Goethe Institut, the French Institute and the University of Johannesburg.