African Art Award24 August 2011
African Art Award Entry_2

In aid of the African Arts Trust

The 2011 African Art Award is the inaugural prize for The Sovereign Art Foundation in Africa. Entry for the African prize is by expert nomination and a world-class panel of judges will select the best 30 entries as finalists. The 30 finalists will be exhibited at the FNB Joburg Art Fair.

The aims of the African Art Award are to raise public awareness of African art; provide much needed exposure, recognition and opportunity to African artists; and raise significant funding for charities in Africa.

PG Bison 1.618 Open Competition24 August 2011
PG Bison 1.618 Open Competition table

PG Bison this year launched the 1.618 Open Competition. An extension of the successful student competition, this version was open to all and the winning designs for furniture have been produced and will be used at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair.

The brief consisted of two parts. Design solutions had to be submitted for both elements to be considered by the judges. Both items were to be produced from a durable PG Bison material of the designer’s choice. Part one was a dining room-style table which would be positioned at a central point at the Fair. It had to be accompanied by benches and would be used for people to eat at, sit on and sell from. The second part was a bookshelf for the book dealers who are invited to participate.

Southern Guild24 August 2011
Southern Guild
Southern Guild Designers 2011

Presented by Source in partneship with ArcelorMittal

Southern Guild was established in 2008 to provide a platform for collect­able, limited edition South African design.

Each year 45 diverse talents are invited to produce new work, which show­case as a collection, under the Southern Guild brand, premiering at the FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Market Photo Workshop17 August 2011
Siphokazi Mdiniso, from the series Between These Walls, 2009.

Presented by the Department of Arts and Culture

For over 20 years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalised parts of our society. Since it was founded in 1989 by world-renowned photographer David Goldblatt, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture.

Pirelli Project: Rubber Soul17 August 2011
Mary Sibande
Nirveda Alleck, Continuum South Africa, (detail) 2009. Oil on canvas, 450 x 120cm.

Featuring the work of Mary Sibande

Pirelli reveals its Rubber Soul Special Project at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2011, in collaboration with Mary Sibande. Sibande has been commissioned by Pirelli to create an artwork focusing on the theme Rubber Soul: Aesthetics and technique in step with Fashion. This theme was represented at the exhibition curated by the Fondazione Pirelli that was hosted from 21 June to 24 July 2011 by Triennale di Milano museum.

Artspace Mentorship Programme 2011/1217 August 2011
Pat Sithole

Presented by Gauteng Provincial Government

Operating since 2008, this programme sees new artists given the invaluable opportunity to work under the mentorship of an established artist towards a fully sponsored solo exhibition at Artspace’s Rosebank gallery. The process combines input on a conceptual and production level for the development of their body of work, as well as a compre¬hensive experience-based learning opportunity to see how a gallery, and the broader industry operates.

20 Fine Years17 August 2011

The Bag Factory and Artist Proof Studio

Presented by Gauteng Provincial Government

The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation is supporting a joint project between Gauteng’s two leading visual arts nonprofit organisations, namely The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and The Artist Proof Studio. The Bag Factory offers artists the opportunity to pioneer unmapped territories and test their limits in the spirit of exchange and global connectedness by focusing on a programme that stands for inclusion and diversity. Artist Proof Studio (APS) is an art education centre that specialises in quality print¬making through a variety of diverse partnerships. By providing state-of-the-art equipment and materials they facilitate print collaborations between trained print technicians and professional artists.

Featured Artist: Paul Emmanuel16 August 2011
Paul Emmanuel, Transitions Multiples: field of flames, 2011. Hand coloured maniere noire stone lithograph printed on 285gsm Fabriano Rosapina Avorio paper. 80 x 156 cm. Edition 35.

Featured Artist

Paul Emmanuel : Transitions Multiples

In association with Gallery AOP

Art Source South Africa are partners and project managers of Paul Emmanuel's Transitions Project

FNB Joburg Art Fair presents Transitions Multiples, an exhibition by South African artist Paul Emmanuel. This exhibition forms part of Emmanuel’s critically acclaimed Transitions Project in which he explores the way society constructs perceptions and performances of a masculine identity. He examines shifting male identities in a post-colonial society through examining the rituals and rites of passage that mark the passing of one life phase into another.
Robyn Sassen comments: “How does one slip the boundaries of liminality and shift from being a foreigner, a stranger, a creature in exile, to one who belongs within the society? It’s a complicated set of values, and each culture has its own initiation imprints that define its members and celebrate qualities that it deem important… Emmanuel doesn’t critique the gestures… He acknowledges these gestures for the shift in values and self-identification they represent.”

Special Projects

Each year we curate Special Projects to ensure visitors experience a large range of top African contemporary art.  In 2008 and 2009, the Gordon Schachat Collection brought to the Fair an installation by Robin Rhode and Jane Alexander’s Security.  In 2010 Pirelli presented an installation of work by Willem Boshoff and the Gauteng Provincial Government facilitated the Artist Mentorship program to take part in the Fair. This year’s Special Project line-up will be made public in June 2011.

Next FNB Joburg Art Fair

7 - 9 September 2012

Sandton Convention Centre