Art Fairs

Call for applications : THAT ART FAIR 2016

THAT ART FAIR, Cape Town, South Africa
Deadline: 06 November 2015

Call for applications : THAT ART FAIR 2016

Images courtesy © THAT ART FAIR

THAT ART FAIR is calling for artists’ applications from across Africa and the diaspora for it’s 2016 edition.

THAT ART FAIR is an inspired, curated art fair event initiated by ART AFRICA magazine. With a specific focus on contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.

The 2016 edition of THAT ART FAIR, taking place from 18 February – 20 March 2016, has expanded its programme to include a month-long lineup of exhibitions and events. THAT Art Party, that official fair celebration is set to take place in the opening week of the fair. Last year’s much talked about party saw a line up of such luminaries of the art and music world as The Brother Moves On, Spoek Mathambo, Thor Rixon, Champions of the Sonarverse, Skattie DJ Athi Patra Ruga and the Cape Town premiere screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary, Shield and Spear.

Popping up in a much larger space at The Palms Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town, THAT ART FAIR 2016 will partner with a growing list of international institutions from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – with more to follow!

THAT ART FAIR 2016 will encompass a wide range of disciplines and featured events (including but not limited to):

VISUAL ART: A wide range of painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers will be participating both independently and as represented by galleries.

PERFORMANCE ART: A month-long programme of local & international performance art

FUTURE MASTERS: A curated exhibition to showcase mid-career artists, serving to bridge the divide between the older, established market and the new emerging markets.

COMIC ART (Brought to you by ComicArtAfrica)

PHOTOGRAPHY: A curated element brought to you by Snapped magazine; a space for photographers and galleries to exhibit independently

FILM & VIDEO: Curated line-up of multimedia work from documentaries to art films, animation & shorts

FASHION & CULTURE: SKATTIE will showcase their unique brand, an effortless cross-over between fashion, art and culture

URBAN ART: Mural and graffiti artists will be invited to exhibit examples of their work, as well as take part in live art events

ART FOR CHANGE: Art with a particular focus on environmental and social change

DESIGN & ART: Leading typographical muralists, designers, illustrators and artists will explore the crossover between design & art

ART SuperMART: THAT ART FAIR’s dedicated pop-up shop will sell the work of numerous creative practitioners, from multiples, books and zines to t-shirts, jewellery & merchandise

WORKSHOPS & TALKS PROGRAMME: Educational and topical programmes curated for emerging and established creative practitioners & the public

A selection committee, comprising some of the most respected figures in the art world, will ensure that work selected fits the exhibition criteria and curatorial approach. Over the four-week period, exhibitors will rotate so there will literally be fresh art on exhibition weekly!

Applications and submissions for participation at THAT ART FAIR 2016 are now open! THAT ART FAIR is for unrepresented artists and artists’ collectives, as well as galleries and institutions that wish to submit their artists for consideration and participation.

THAT ART FAIR applications and submissions close on 6 November 2015.

To request an application form, and to enquire about the application guidelines, email us on or click here to download the form for Individual Artists & Collectives, and here for the Galleries form.

@ThatArtFair #THATARTFAIR2016

Official programme, map, and artist line-up still to come.

THAT ART FAIR is brought to you by ART AFRICA magazine in partnership with Manic Global, Auriti Fine Art Advisory, MOAD (Museum of African Design) and THAT_COLLECTIVE.


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