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FNB Art Joburg Announces 16th Edition

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FNB Art Joburg returns to the Sandton Convention Centre for its 16th edition from Sept 7 to 10, 2023. FNB Art Joburg is a weekend long arts festival that features top contemporary artists and galleries and institutions across Africa and the worldwide diaspora.

FNB Art Joburg returns to the Sandton Convention Centre for its 16th edition from Sept 7 to 10, 2023.
Image courtesy of FNB Joburg.

In order to cater to a variety of artistic inclinations, the FNB Art Joburg fair has once again been divided into six specialized parts following the success of the 2022 program; gallery HUB, gallery LAB, MAX, ETC, AUX, and ORG sections.

Referred to as gallery HUB, the fair’s central section presents the best in contemporary Africa art from across the continent and the world to reflect the fair’s objective to be a quality rather than quantity focused fair.

Adjacent to gallery HUB, and looking to the future of contemporary African art, is gallery LAB. An incubation to develop emerging galleries and hybrid art spaces, gallery LAB will present and test new ideas and business models aimed at transforming the contemporary African art landscape.

The MAX section houses installations or works that would present a challenge if presented in the conventionally sized gallery booth.

Giving fair goers the opportunity to engage with master print and publishing houses, the ETC section offers an abundance of books, prints, catalogues and zines.

Selwyn Steyn, Municipal building, 2023, Oil on Linen, 120 x 175cm
Image courtesy of Untitled/FNB Art Joburg.

A representation of Johannesburg’s seminal art institutions, the ORG section looks to redefine how the public engages with organisations. Whether museums, universities or private institutions, the section is a hands-on approach to examine bodies that were established for the good of the public.

Spanning talks, screenings, public lectures and audio essays, the AUX section, sponsored by ITOO ArtInsure, brings industry leaders to the public to explore a plethora of topics impacting the contemporary art world. Beyond, but centred around the three-day fair, FNB Art Joburg remains committed to audience and collector development through an educational platform and immersive programming respectively known as ArtJoburg.com, the BMW Young Collectors Co., and Open City.

The collaboration between BMW and FNB Art Joburg, the BMW Young Collectors Co. initiative hopes to cultivate a new patronage that will grow the support systems artists have. Aimed at CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs under 40, the initiative exists to develop a new generation of art collectors by affording them access to first-hand social experiences with the country’s leading artists, galleries and art patrons. This year, the BMW Young Collectors Co will be hosted by The Centre for the Less Good Idea atArts on Main, Maboneng.

Watch the FNB Art Joburg social media channels for the announcement of specific artists, galleries, curators,  and other collaborators. But if the lineups from prior years are any indication, this is one event in Johannesburg you won’t want to miss. For a preview of what’s to come, view our guide to the highlights of FNB Art Joburg 2022.

Andrew Tshabangu, Salt Tracks – Salt Series, 2006, Archival Print, 120cm X 85cm
Image courtesy of the Artist/Gallery MOMO/FNB Art Joburg.

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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