FNB Art Joburg presents Open City

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‘Tiger Jump’, 2020. Watercolour, newspaper and magazine, collages. 75cm x 55cm. (Monica de Miranda)
‘Tiger Jump’, 2020. Watercolour, newspaper and magazine, collages. 75cm x 55cm. (Monica de Miranda)
  • FNB Art Joburg presents Open City: a dynamic gallery weekend across Joburg.
  • This is to supplement the fact that there will be no physical FNB Art Joburg fair in 2021.
  • Both events are set to take place from 28 to 31 October 2021. 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, FNB Art Joburg has taken the decision to not hold a physical fair in 2021. In place of a physical art fair, FNB Art Joburg will comprise Open City and an online fair. Both of these events will take place 28 to 31 October 2021. 

New to the art fair, Open City is a four day-long arts and culture activation set to take place in Rosebank, Parktown North, and Parkhurst districts. Over the four day period, Open City will offer its guests a robust map of restaurants, bars and cafés to supplement their curated gallery hop experience. This is in addition to pop-up exhibitions staged especially for Open City. 

Open to all patrons in Johannesburg, most of the programme’s activities will be a free and safe way to explore and support the city’s cultural offerings. 

The FNB Art Prize will once again run alongside the online fair — 2021 marks the 11th year of the prestigious prize. This year’s prize will be selected from the online exhibitors with the 2021 recipient winning a showcase at the Johannesburg Art Gallery as well as cash prize. FNB Art Joburg founding director Mandla Sibeko says “While we are saddened not to meet at the Sandton Convention Centre for the second year in a row, the FNB Art Joburg team has been focused on what we are able to do, and how we can safely manage. Open City is our response to the current conditions; mobilising all culture players, artists and gallerists to reimagine an open city of Joburg after such a difficult few months.” 

“The current context has encouraged the organisers to find new ways of showcasing the arts in South Africa. The second online edition, together with the Open City weekend will highlight some of the country’s best artistic talent and also showcase Johannesburg as an art and food destination of choice. FNB encourages everyone to join the celebration of our artists, cuisine and country in a unique and innovative way,” says Bonga Sebesho, Head of FNB Sponsorships.

For more information about the upcoming fair, visit artjoburg.com.

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