FNB Art Joburg: The Crown Jewel of South African Talent at Sandton Central

FNB Art Joburg: The Crown Jewel of South African Talent at Sandton Central

Forget the Louvre-Sandton Convention Centre is set to become the epicentre of the art world this month! Introducing FNB Art Joburg, Africa’s premier contemporary art fair, now celebrating its impressive 16th edition. From the 8th to the 10th of September, Sandton Convention Centre will be transformed into an art lover’s dream, replete with galleries, multimedia exhibits, educational platforms, and intellectual engagements. It’s a showcase of creativity the likes of which you’ve never seen before.  

South Africa’s burgeoning art scene is no secret, and FNB Art Joburg serves as a melting pot of this vibrant cultural heritage, offering a thematic focus that is deeply rooted in foregrounding African perspectives. It’s more than an event; it’s a spectacle of South African talent showcasing creative expression in a vibrant, engaging environment. The weekend-long arts showcase will spotlight the best contemporary artists from galleries and institutions across the African continent and the world at large. It is one of THE occasions on the cultural calendar and is right here on YOUR doorstep! Never say Sandton central doesn’t spoil you…

A Sneak Peek: 

This year’s fair boasts an exciting lineup of renowned galleries and artists. From pioneering works of established masters to groundbreaking pieces by emerging artists, the array of talent is nothing short of mesmerising. Gallery LAB, for instance, is an incubator to develop emerging galleries and hybrid art spaces. Participating galleries include 16/16, Annie Kadji Art Gallery, CHURCH, EBONY/CURATED, Guns & Rain, Modzi Arts, O’DA ART GALLERY, Ora Loapi, RESERVOIR, Untitled, Village Unhu, and Wunika Mukan Gallery. 

If you’re looking to delve into more interactive forms of art, there are multimedia exhibits that explore artistic innovation through technology. Whether it’s digital art or virtual installations, prepare to be amazed. The MAX section, for example, houses installations or works with a challenging scale, while the ETC section offers an abundance of books, prints, catalogues, and zines from master print and publishing houses like ArtThrob, Artist Proof Studio, Atelier le Grand Village, Clarke’s Bookshop, David Krut Projects, Flood House, iwalewabooks, Proto, and edition-verso.

The thematic focus of this year’s fair is deeply influenced by current social, political, and environmental narratives. You won’t want to miss pieces that engage directly with these urgent dialogues, offering a transformative experience that transcends aesthetic appreciation. The ORG section, for instance, is a representation of Johannesburg’s seminal art institutions, and last year included The Centre for the Less Good Idea, an experimental, collaborative, cross-disciplinary arts project space by renowned local artist William Kentridge. 

Workshops and Learning Opportunities Educational platforms at FNB Art Joburg offer workshops that allow for both artistic and intellectual engagement. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or simply a lover of fine arts, these workshops offer something for everyone who’s looking to learn. The AUX section convenes industry leaders for talks, screenings, public lectures, and audio essays on topics impacting the contemporary art world. 

Networking in art is crucial, and what better place to do it than here? Panel discussions provide vital industry insights while offering an opportunity for community engagement among artists, collectors, and enthusiasts alike. 

The fair isn’t just about observing, either; it’s about participating. With multiple networking events and community-led art initiatives, you can be more than a spectator—you can be a part of the artistic community. The Open City programme, for example, encourages Johannesburg’s visitors and residents to immerse themselves in the city’s rich and layered cultural offerings. The programme kicks off with a group exhibition called Senses at Goethe Institut, curated by Kamogelo Walaza and featuring artists like Bonolo Kavula, Brian Montshiwa, Bulumko Mbete, Nkhensani Mkhari, Nykallo Maleke, and Pebofatso Mokoana

Making the Most of the FNB Art Joburg 

The fair is vast and can be overwhelming if you’re not familiar with the layout and proceedings. Worry not, though! Sandton Central is here to help you make the most of FNB Art Joburg. We recommend that rioritise galleries or themes that interest you most and consider bringing along one of your ‘arty’ friends to help guide you.  

You’ll probably need to take a break between all that arting about. Sandton City has an array of food and entertainment options to make your experience holistic. Whether it’s music, performance, food, or fashion, Sandton Central has you covered. After that, why not cruise into The Michelangelo for a nightcap? You might end up sitting down next to South Africa’s next Picasso at the bar… 

Tickets are available online and at the venue. Early bird options offer discounted rates, so it’s beneficial to book in advance. Day passes are available for R150 and can be purchased on the FNB Art Joburg website. If you fancy yourself a VIP, there is a very special opening evening event on the 7th of September, and all of the who’s who in African Art will be in attendance.  

Let’s Get This PARTY Started! 

FNB Art Joburg is more than just a fair; it’s a landmark event that accentuates the cultural significance of South African art on a global stage. It is part of Sandton Central’s quest for economic stimulation, inclusivity, and better access for all. With so much to experience and learn, your participation not only enriches you but also supports the artists and the broader South African art scene. 

So, don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary event. Buy your tickets, share the event, and come celebrate South African talent at its finest at Sandton Central. Keep an eye on FNB Art Joburg’s social media for more exciting news and announcements! See you there, creativity connoisseurs and art aficionados.