FNB Art Joburg
Open City,
a Joburg gallery
weekend &
Online art fair 
broadcasting from
South Africa
FNB Art Joburg
Open City,
a Joburg gallery
weekend &
Online art fair
broadcasting from
South Africa

Visitor Info

Our 2021 online exhibitor list will
be announced in late September.

Below is the exhibitor list for our
2020 online edition. 

For more information on each
section (including invitation criteria),
click on the More Information tab.  

Afriart Gallery


Arte de Gema


Bode Projects


blank projects

Cape Town

Circle Art Gallery



Cape Town

Eclectica Contemporary

Cape Town

Everard Read

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Franschhoek, London

First Floor Gallery Harare


Gallery MOMO

Johannesburg, Cape Town

Goodman Gallery

Johannesburg, Cape Town,London

Guns & Rain


Jahmek Contemporary




LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery


October Gallery


Red Door Gallery


Rele Gallery


SMAC Gallery

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch


Cape Town, Johannesburg,Amsterdam

Tiwani Contemporary



Cape Town


Cape Town

  More Information

The main section of the fair showcases contemporary galleries. Invitation criteria is in line with international standards of art fairs worldwide and is set to align the fair and its galleries with international dialogues and to ensure the responsible patronage of artists. FNB Art Joburg evaluates potential exhibitors based on an essential and secondary round of criteria, as follows:

    Essential Criteria

All of which must be met for a gallery to be considered in the main section.

  1. Representation of artists. In order to qualify, galleries need to represent artists.
  2. Physical gallery space. The applicant needs to have a physical space in which they show artists and have exhibitions.
  3. Exhibitions. Galleries must present a regular exhibition schedule.
  4. Primary business is a contemporary art gallery. Those in consideration for Central must primarily be in the business of selling art.

    Secondary Criteria

Once galleries have passed the essential criteria they are evaluated and ranked according to substantive criteria that are aimed at evaluating the professional practices and overall activities.

  1. Exhibition Programme. A gallery’s exhibition programme is evaluated on the type of exhibitions, curatorial strength of exhibitions and if the artists and themes of the exhibitions reflect the cultural breadth of the context in-which it functions.
  2. Artists represented. The roster of each gallery will be considered for the strength, level of institutional representation and the sociopolitical relevance of the artist.
  3. Publishing and writing. Considered galleries should support and participate in the publishing of researched material which makes an academic or art-historical contribution to artistic discourse.
  4. Art fairs. A gallery’s art fair participation is reviewed – looking at which fairs they may also participate in.
  5. Gallery outreach. Does the gallery show the potential to function beyond a local context by virtue of the quality and strength of their programme? Is work being done by the gallery of broader significance or will it always function within a local environment?
  6. Best practice. Considered galleries must in principle endorse and follow industry standards in the matter it functions both curatorially and commercially.

Invitations are sent from the selection committee. The 2019 selection committee is made up of Jonathan Garnham (blank projects), Mark Read (Everard Read), Monna Mokoena (Gallery MOMO), Liza Essers (Goodman Gallery), Baylon Sandri (SMAC Gallery) and Joost Bosland (Stevenson).


*denotes independent curator


Abushariaa Ahmed presented by Afriart Gallery (Kampala)

Brett Charles Seiler presented by Jana Terblanche* (Cape Town)

Bubu Ogisi presented by 16/16 and hFACTOR (Lagos)

David Akinola presented by Revolving Arts Incubator (Lagos)

Gabriel Choto presented SABO Art (Lagos)

Goldendean presented by (D)REA Projects (Cape Town, Johannesburg)

Helena Uambembe presented by Luamba Muinga* (Johannesburg, Luanda)

Jonathan Chamberlin presented by Rele Gallery (Lagos)


Legakwana Leo Makgekgenene presented by Eclectica Contemporary (Cape Town)

Mack Magagane presented by  Stevenson (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Amsterdam)

Michaela Younge presented by the PLOT (Cape Town)

Olanrewaju Tejuoso presented by the CERA PROJECT (Lisbon)

Olwethu de Vos presented by Palesa Suthane & Tlotlo Lobelo*(Johannesburg)

Papi Konopi presented by BKhz (Johannesburg)

Sedireng Mothibatsela presented by Ora Loapi (Gaborone)

Stary Mwaba presented by Modzi Gallery (Lusaka)

Talia Ramkilawan presented by Jana Terblanche* (Cape Town)

Teresa Kutala Firmino presented by Everard Read (Johannesburg, Cape Town, London)

Vanessa Tembane presented by INCCA (Johannesburg)

  More Information

The first of its kind worldwide, Gallery Lab will showcase galleries and hybrid spaces from around the continent and beyond. Gallery Lab will serve as an incubator, a space for emerging galleries and programs as well as a space for exploration; to present and test new artists, ideas and business models relevant to the contemporary African arts landscape.

The section is curated by Nicole Siegenthaler (Fair Manager, FNB Art Joburg) and Banele Khoza (Founding Director, Bkhz) on an invitation basis. While invitation criteria is less stringent than the main section of the fair, they include:

  • Conceptually rigorous exhibition programme of at least four exhibitions a year
  • Demonstrated continuity and growth of the space
  • The use of a physical space (no online platforms).