Foires d'art

Open Call: ART AFRICA FAIR 2017

V&A Waterfront, Le Cap, South Africa
Deadline: 10 January 2017

Open Call: ART AFRICA FAIR 2017

Pierre-Christophe Gam, detail of GOLD. C-Print mounted on aluminium, 120 x 88 cm, edition of 10. Image courtesy of the artist.

The ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 is excited to announce their OPEN CALL for artists and galleries to participate in Africa’s first fully curated international art fair, set to take place at the V&A Waterfront , Cape Town, between the 24th February – 5th March 2017.

The ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 will provide artists a unique opportunity to exhibit their work in this fully curated, commercial art fair. Developed by internationally acclaimed curators Salimata Diop, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Pierre-Christophe Gam, Thembinkosi Goniwe, and Ruzy Rusike, the curatorial framework for the ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 invites artists and gallerists to propose work that challenges parochial perceptions surrounding Africa and provokes alternative artistic visions of the continent as defined by individual, lived experiences. Rather than trying to locate something specific to the continent, our curatorial framework depends on engaging a multiplicity of subjective curatorial and artistic narratives that tell their own story.

This diverse curatorial approach is an attempt to transform vernacular African ideas into tangible expressions, to challenge stereotypical understandings, and to introduce, propagate, and take responsibility for new representations about Africa, from Africa. As participating curator Uche Okpa-Iroha describes, “Our story starts with us. It is an exciting journey, and who better to tell it?”

The ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 is a meaningful, rapidly developing collaborative environment that offers a propensity to explore and act in relation to functional goals, framed by the individual to convey the visible, simultaneous change in contemporary art.

This OPEN CALL for submission goes to all artists, photographers, designers, galleries, collectives/groups, and institutions who are contributing to making a meaningful social, political, and environmental impact through their work. Artists working in any medium are invited to propose work for the exhibition. Galleries are invited to propose artists or a series of artworks from various artists that fit or challenge the curatorial framework of the fair.

Selected artists will be showcased in a museum-styled exhibition, alongside other artists and projects whose work functions in dialogue with their own. Here artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a fully-curated environment and will be provided access to an international network of gallerists, curators, and collectors. The deadline for applications is the 10th January 2017.


To download the application form, click here. Please fill out all necessary information and send your application to Please be sure to include the following information when submitting your application (applicants that fail to meet all the criteria will not be considered).

1. Full name(s)
2. Country of origin
3. Self-portrait (300 dpi)
4. Short Bio (150 words max), to be used in all relevant media material.

1. Title of artwork
2. Date/year of production
3. Place of production
4. Artist Statement/Short description of the work submitted (max. 150 words)

1. 15 images (min 300dpi) for individual entries
2. 10 images for collections/galleries, collectives/group institutions.
3. Video: participants to submit at least 3 videos of not more than 6 minutes (in MP4 format).