The Talks Programme will take place at Westin Grand Hotel, directly adjacent to the Investec Cape Town Art Fair venue at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
According to Investec Cape Town Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka, discussions between featured artists and galleries will introduce ideas related to building value through art as well as understanding the curatorial role within the cultural field. The mix will balance artistic and academic perspectives along with those from commercial and non-commercial institutions supportive of emerging artists.
Panels will feature esteemed academics and curators from diverse localities to unpack various topics including:
The art of collecting
Friday 15 February: 12h00-13h00
The Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 will again provide a safe space for daring collectors to venture into new territories. In The Art of Collecting, moderator Lungi Morrison, art advisor to ACCRA, will focus on corporate acquisition and private enrichment. Atose Aguele CEO of Avedia Energy in Nigeria and South Africa will be joined here by Tokini Peterside, founder of ArtX Lagos Fair, local art advisor Mica Steirn, and Italy’s art critic and curator Ludovico Pratesi.
Curating in the 21st century
Friday 15 February: 14h00-15h00
The panel Curating in the 21st Century will be a meeting point for leading lights of the southern and northern hemispheres. Moderator Renaud Proch, Director Independent Curators International of New York City, and in a discussion will be chief curator of Johannesburg Art gallery Khwezi Gule, Head of Content and Curation GSM Projects Dubai, Claudio Cravero and South African independent curator Melissa Goba.
Saturday 16 February: 12h00-13h00
The session titled Creative Hubs moderated by Cape Town-based independent curator Zayd Minty will engage with the difficult question of public space in cities of uneven development and consumption. Lessons learned will be shared by Vilma Jurkute Director of Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue art district, Johannesburg art consultant Stephen Hobbs as well as property developer Brian Green of Victoria Yards in Johannesburg.
Art in the digital age
Saturday 16 February: 16h00-17h00
Producing art in the digital age is the upcoming big theme with the Investec Cape Town Art Fair SOLO platform dedicated to new technologies and new consumption models. Moderator Tegan Bristow, Head of Digital media at Wits University in Johannesburg will bring together a host of multimedia adventure seekers from the country’s most exciting online initiatives. Joining them will be Artsy’s Melanie Edmunds from Los Angeles, Johannesburg TMRW Gallery Director Ann Roberts and Independent journalist, Riccarda Mandrini from Milan.
Value beyond the canvas
Sunday 17 February: 14h00-15h00
The rights of artists will be debated in the session Value Beyond the Canvas hosted by the Johannesburg-based Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organization (DALRO). Moderator Milisuthando Bongela, Arts Editor of South Africa’s weekly title the Mail & Guardian, will be joined by Johannesburg consultant Makgati Molebatsi of MAK’Dct Art Advisory & Agency, Cape Town cultural curator Rashid Lombard, South African artist Blessing Ngobeni and Elroy Bell (Theatricals, Visual Arts and General Licensing at DALRO.
For more information, visit Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s website
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