The 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair welcomed 10 000 visitors, 33 galleries from 8 countries and a curated Special Projects Programme focused on the medium of Photography. The dates for the 7th edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair are 22-24 August 2014.
Over the last six years, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the first international art fair on the African continent, has confirmed its leading role in supporting the contemporary African Art scene and developing the art economy on the planet’s biggest continent. With so few contemporary museums and consistent biennials in Africa, the Art Fair has become an important place for the continent’s artists, curators, collectors, writers and art lovers to congregate.
Since our inception in 2008, First National Bank has remained the primary sponsor of the Fair and last year re-committed their sponsorship with a long-term view. We wish to thank them for their support of contemporary visual art.
We would also like to thank all our galleries for their loyal commitment over the years. The 2014 Fair will see the fourth edition of the FNB Art Prize, a curated Special Projects Programme crafted by our Curatorial Team and a new publication focused on contemporary art from Africa in partnership with art writer Sean O’Toole. In addition to this, we will once again bring you an international Talks Program, which focuses on “Collecting Contemporary Art from Africa”.
The 2014 FNB Joburg Art Fair will be part of the first edition of the Joburg Art Week, an umbrella initiative involving the most important art platforms in Johannesburg.
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.
In addition to FNB we would like to thank Arts Alive and the City of Johannesburg, the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Department of Trade and Industry, Pirelli, Samsung, Tate Modern, the Goethe Institut, the French Institute, the Spanish Embassy and the University of Johannesburg.