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blank projects

Cape Town

Everard Read

Johannesburg, Cape Town

First Floor Gallery Harare


Gallery MOMO

Johannesburg, Cape Town

Goodman Gallery

Johannesburg, Cape Town, London



SMAC Gallery

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch


Cape Town


Cape Town, Johannesburg


Cape Town

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Central is the core section of the fair showcasing 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 Central 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 Central section.

  1. Representation of artists. In order to quality, 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).



Johannesburg presenting Banele Khoza

Rele Gallery

Lagos presenting Artist Placeholder

Revolving Arts Incubator

Lagos presenting Artist Placeholder

Yebo Contemporary

Malkerns, Lobamba presenting Khulekani Msweli

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The first of its kind worldwide, Gallery Lab will showcase galleries and hybrid spaces from around the continent and beyond. Each participant showcases a single artist or artist collective. Gallery Lab will serve as an incubator, a space to develop and nurture 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 Central section of the fair, they include:

  • 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 Central 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).


Igshaan Adams

presented by blank projects

Nelson Makamo

presented by Everard Read

Dumile Feni

presented by Gallery MOMO

El Anatsui

presented by Goodman Gallery

Mary Sibande

presented by SMAC Gallery

Zanele Muholi

presented by Stevenson

AthiPatra Ruga


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MAX is dedicated to artworks that use scale and/or medium in a way thatmakes them difficult or impossible to present in a regular art fair booth. Each large booth in the Central section is eligible to present a single workin MAX.



Cape Town

Artist Proof Studio


Johannesburg Art Gallery


Market Photo Workshop


Norval Foundation

Cape Town

Zeitz MOCAA 

Cape Town

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Insitutions showcases non-profit arts institutions.