A variety of emotions and personal experiences will all be translated into art as part of the Tomorrows/Today special project taking centre stage at the Cape Town Art Fair. Featuring a rich array of mediums the special project will give art enthusiasts, investors and collectors the opportunity to experience the works of eight emerging artists from around the continent. 

Barend de Wet, International Star I, 2015, 100% Acrylic Knitting and Paint on Board,101×114,5cm SMAC

According to curators Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao:

The special project aims to open up ideas about consumption by considering the ways in which tomorrow’s artists should not be pinned down by today’s ideas. It contemplates the ways in which human beings are consumed by so many aspects of life.

The special project provides a platform for the eight artists to speak about the ideas and concerns – whether small, large, positive, negative, tangled or in-between – that consume them. As the director of the Lagos Photo festival in Nigeria and Head of the African Artists’ Foundation, Nwagbogu’s institutional background on the continent provides a valuable curatorial element to the fair. Specialising in contemporary art in Africa, Simbao has curated a number of exhibitions that deal with issues of diaspora and cross-continental artistic exchange.

Ricky Dyaloyi, Flea Market, 2015 , 250 x 300cm, Oil on Canvas , image Courtesy of artist and Everard Read Gallery

The eight rising artists part of this year’s special project are: Thania Petersen of Everard Read, Rehema Chachage from Circle Art Agency, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude from First Floor Gallery, Masimba Hwati from SMAC, Laura Windvogel (AKA Lady Skollie) of WorldArt, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze from Goodman Gallery, Kyle Morland from Blank and Mathias Chirombo of Gallery Noko.

Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao, will be joined by a judging panel comprising of Visual Art Curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, Luigi Fassi; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko National Gallery, Ernestine White and Collector/Producer of SABC’s Generations, Mfundi Vundla, to choose a winning artist who will be awarded R75 000.



CTAF_Logo_RGBDo not miss out on the Cape Town Art Fair taking place from 19 to 21 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Go online here for more information on the curators, judging panel and talks programme. For tickets visit Computicket