Those who are enamoured of art can indulge in the Cape Town luxury of pursuing their passion long after Valentine’s Day this month, when some of Africa and the world’s most interesting contemporary art goes on display during the Cape Town Art Fair from 12 to 21 February, 2016.
Relocated to the world-renowned Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), this fair leads the way on the continent and is one of Fiera Milano Exhibitions’ flagship events. Last year, over 7 000 art enthusiasts flocked to the featured galleries, generating over R20 million in sales during the fair. With a larger venue in 2016 to showcase some of the best art on the continent, the organisers hope to do even better this year.
It is easy to deduce from these figures, that an Art Fair of this calibre acts as a major cash spinner for the African art industry as a whole, particularly on the international front. Foreign investors are drawn, not only by favourable foreign exchange incentives, but by the interesting and unusual items, often seen nowhere else, which can be purchased here.
The 2016 Cape Town Art Fair will include several special programmes, along with curated walks and talks by art professionals, in order to encourage further investment in the industry and further the goals of the Fair, which include:
- Upscaling the African market through exposure to international trends and practices
- Exposing new artists to collectors, and collectors to galleries with artwork to enhance their collections
- Providing young artists with much-needed exposure
- Encouraging investment in education and skills in the art sector
These worthwhile aims aside, the Cape Town Art Fair is a great place to simply enjoy viewing and experiencing the huge diversity of creations coming out of the African continent, and presents a good opportunity to rub shoulders with affluent collectors, celebrities and fellow art-lovers.
Some of the 24 local exhibiting galleries include, 99Loop, Art South Africa, Christopher Moller, Gallery7, District Six Museum, Artscape and Iziko SA National Gallery along with many others from South African provinces further afield. International galleries from Cameroon, London, Germany, USA, France and Italy will also be in attendance, as well as the national galleries of Namibia and Zimbabwe, so there is no shortage of talent on display during this inspired event.
Escape to the colourful world of the luxury Cape Town arts scene for a day or two this February