gallery HUB 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 gallery HUB exhibitors based on an essential and secondary round of criteria, as follows:
All of which must be met for a gallery to be considered in the gallery HUB section.
- Representation of artists. In order to quality, galleries need to represent artists.
- Physical gallery space. The applicant needs to have a physical space in which they show artists and have exhibitions.
- Exhibitions. Galleries must present a regular exhibition schedule.
- Primary business is a contemporary art gallery. Those in consideration for gallery HUB must primarily be in the business of selling art.
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.
- 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.
- Artists represented. The roster of each gallery will be considered for the strength, level of institutional representation and the sociopolitical relevance of the artist.
- 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.
- Art fairs. A gallery’s art fair participation is reviewed – looking at which fairs they may also participate in.
- 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?
- Best practice. Considered galleries must in principle endorse and follow industry standards in the matter it functions both curatorially and commercially.
gallery HUB exhibitors 2023
blank, Cape Town
Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town
Everard Read, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London
First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London
SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch
Stevenson, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam
Suburbia Contemporary, Barcelona
WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
MAX is dedicated to artworks that use scale and/or medium in a way that makes them difficult or impossible to present in a regular art fair booth. Each large booth in the gallery HUB presents a single work in MAX.
The first of its kind worldwide, Gallery Lab showcases 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 Kim Kandan (Gallery Liaison, FNB Art Joburg) and Aida Esi Hayfron-Benjamin (independent curator – Ghana) on an invitation basis.
While invitation criteria is less stringent than the Central section of the fair,
- 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)
gallery LAB exhibitors 2023
CHURCH, Cape Town
EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, Franschhoek
Untitled, Cape Town
Wunika Mukan Gallery, Lagos
Ora Loapi, Gabrone
RESERVOIR, Cape Town
O’DA ART GALLERY, Lagos
Village Unhu, Harare
Guns & Rain, Johannesburg
Modzi Arts, Lusaka
Annie Kadji Art Gallery, Doula
A representation of Johannesburg’s seminal art institutions, the ORG section looks to redefine how the public engages with organisations. Whether museums, universities or private institutions, the section is a hands-on approach to examine bodies that were established for the good of the public.
ORG exhibitors 2023
Made up of master print and publishing houses, the ETC section offers an abundance of books, prints, catalogues and zines.
ETC exhibitors 2023
ArtThrob, Cape Town
Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg
David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, New York
Clarke’s Bookshop, Cape Town
Atillier le grand village, Massignac
Proto, Cape Town
iwalewa, Johannesburg, Lagos, Beyreuth
Flood House, Johannesburg
Spanning talks, screenings, public lectures and audio essays, the AUX section, sponsored by ITOO ArtInsure, brings industry leaders to the public to explore a plethora of topics impacting the contemporary art world. Beyond, but centred around the three-day fair, FNB Art Joburg remains committed to audience and collector development through an educational platform and immersive programming respectively known as ArtJoburg.com, the BMW Young Collectors Co. and Open City.