Art week in Cape Town has arrived with an exciting schedule of the best and most cutting-edge exhibitions. But, where to start? This is our comprehensive guide to the major art events taking place this week.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair – February 16 – February 18

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) starts this Friday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Tickets for the show are a reasonable R165 for adults, and once you’re in, the entire exhibition is available to you. There are guided exhibition tours, talks and performance artworks, all of which are included with the ticket at no further charge. The ICTAF 2018 features an exciting new addition, Harboured, which will be set up in the Silo District, at V&A Waterfront. Short films, inspired by ideologies and histories between safe and unsafe harbours, produced by local and international artists will be shown in different shipping containers. The idea is that visitors are encouraged to move from one container to another to engage with the different pieces of art. There is no additional charge to attend Harboured. Harboured is part of ‘The After Hours Hub’ – a platform off-site events part of the ICTAF festival. Harboured is also the headline attraction of the After Hours Hub, which starts on the Wednesday before the fair (February 14) and will run every day until the end of ICTAF on February 18, from 4pm-11pm.

Newly added SOLO has been the work of curator Nontobeko Ntombel, who worked alongside Fair Curator Tumelo Mosaka and the ICTAF team. Solo will focus on the representation of women artists, offering different perspectives on the wider socio-political issues faced by women in both public and private spheres, while also highlighting their contribution to the art world.
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Strauss & Co. Contemporary Art Auction – 17 February

Strauss & Co has announced details of its first-ever dedicated contemporary art sale, due to be held on 17 February 2018, which is to be held at a former warehouse overlooking the Duncan Docks, a harbour facility at the Port of Cape Town. The sale, which focuses on outstanding examples of contemporary art made by South African, African and diaspora artists, will coincide with the Cape Town Art Fair. Highlights from the contemporary auction are expected to include an important charcoal and pastel drawing by William Kentridge from his film Felix in Exile (1994), estimated at R2-2.5 million, an early Cake (1983) painting by Penny Siopis, estimated at R600 000 – R 800 00 and Joachim Schönfeldt’s esteemed portfolio of 27 painted and embossed works on paper, The Model Men (2000-12), estimated at R800 000 – R1.2 million, to name but a few.

The sale also includes works by noted contemporary painters, such as Lisa Brice, Kate Gottgens, Georgina Gratrix, Helen Sebidi and Jessica Webster, as well as striking early works by Zander Blom and Ayanda Mabulu. In recognition of the emergence of photography in the period since 1990, photographic works by Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou, Kudzanai Chiurai, Abrie Fourie, Cyrus Kabiru, David Goldblatt, Mohau Modisakeng, Tracey Rose, Mikhael Subotzky and Guy Tillim will be offered. The sale will take place at Cruise Terminal, E Berth, Duncan Docks, Duncan Road, V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 17 February 2018, at 6pm.

Extra Ordinary opens at Southern Guild – 14 February

To celebrate 10 years of collectible design, Southern Guild presents Extra Ordinary, a group show of provocative new work. The exhibition will feature specially commissioned pieces by a group of multidisciplinary artists, opening 14 February 2018 at its gallery in Cape Town’s Silo District.

Extra Ordinary features both emerging and established designers outside of Southern Guild’s core stable. They include fashion designer Rich Mnisi, ceramic artists Zizipho Poswa and Madoda Fani, sculptors Daniella Mooney and Stanislaw Trzebinski, and newcomers such as 3D illustrator Ferdi B. Dick. The pieces on show will include furniture, lighting, sculpture and jewellery and through varying degrees of experimentation, the work is at turns surprising, playful, otherworldly and mysterious.

Extra Ordinary runs from 14 February to 14 April 2018.