Rand Merchant Bank and Latitudes Online are excited to announce the launch of RMB Latitudes, an innovative new art experience that will take place in Johannesburg in May 2023.
The event will be held at Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property, and will be a curated celebration of art from Africa.
RMB Latitudes promises to be an unforgettable experience, bringing together artists and exhibitors from across the continent to showcase their art.
Co-emergence: The Central Curatorial Theme
The central curatorial theme for RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023 is co-emergence, which is defined as the complexities embedded in the interaction of various cultural and aesthetic influences on the creation and interpretation of African art.
Latitudes Special Projects Curator, Nkhensani Mkhari, explains that the theme explores how diverse aesthetics and cultural influences echo each other in the diaspora and African contemporary art.
Practitioners working both on and off the continent will participate in the event, showcasing their work and exploring the central curatorial theme.
Partnership with RMB
RMB has partnered with Latitudes to bring this event to life, and the Head of Marketing for RMB and FNB in Broader Africa, Linda Kachingwe-Sisya, explains that the universal language of art enables powerful communication across Africa, expressing the spirit of the time and bringing societies together.
RMB Latitudes Art Fair will be a unique opportunity to support the vibrant and resourceful economy of Africa.
The Art Experience
From 26 – 28 May 2023, visitors to RMB Latitudes will enjoy a curated contemporary art experience while strolling through an iconic Johannesburg garden.
They will also have the opportunity to attend art talks and walkabouts, engage with artists and exhibitors, and enjoy top wines and bubblies from Franschhoek Wine Valley.
RMB Latitudes promises to be a uniquely African art experience that is inclusive, fair, highly curated and embraces our natural environment.
Exhibitors at RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023
RMB Latitudes will host a variety of exhibitors, including the Latitudes Centre for the Arts, Afriart Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, First Floor Gallery Harare, Goodman Gallery, Kalashnikovv Gallery, MOVART, No Man’s Gallery, SMAC, Suburbia, ARTCO Galerie, Christopher Moller Gallery, David Krut Projects, the gallery, EdenLabs, TMRW Gallery, Eleven Editions, FEDE, Jillian Ross Print, ART AFRICA, Doyle Wham, Eclectica Contemporary, Gallery 2, Guns & Rain, KZNSA, Martin Projects, Origin Art, The Melrose Gallery, Thomarts Gallery, Worldart Gallery, Artist Proof Studio, Delaney Studio, Imba Ya Sarai Gallery, Spier Arts Trust, The Artists’ Press, The Art Room, The White River Gallery, Guillotine, Lalela, L’MAD Collection x Latitudes, Marigold, Kevin Collins, SAD, Something Good Studio, and Waldman Studios.
Special Projects at RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023
RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023 will also feature a variety of special projects, including the International Galleries Programme, INDEX (Independent Artists Exhibition), Essay, and the RMB Young Artists’ Playground.
The International Galleries Programme will provide a sustainable means for galleries and artists on the continent and in the diaspora to show in South Africa, while INDEX will bring together independent artistic practices from South Africa, the African region, and the diaspora. Essay will explore a nuanced dialogue in concept and approach to colour and line through the work of three artists – Sam Nhlengethwa, Katlego Tlabela, and Cinthia Sifa Mulanga.
The RMB Young Artists’ Playground is a dedicated children’s area, offering supervised art-related activities for children that are accessible throughout the day and over the fair weekend.
OpenStudios.Joburg and Strauss Talks will also be a part of the RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023. OpenStudios.Joburg is an exciting project that provides Joburgers with open access to art buildings, spaces, and projects across the historical CBD, while Strauss Talks will present a series of talks at RMB Latitudes.
Plan your visit to RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023
As RMB Latitudes is a destination event, guests are encouraged to travel via Uber or make use of the Fair’s Park and Ride at the Old Edwardian Society, Houghton, where the Fair’s exclusive vehicle partner, Lexus, will have a shuttle service on offer.
Celebrate Art and Culture
RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023 is an opportunity to celebrate art and culture from across the continent, explore the complexities of contemporary African identity and its global connections, and engage with artists and galleries in an inspiring setting. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this unique and unforgettable experience.
In conclusion, RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023 promises to be an exciting and innovative new indoor/outdoor art experience that will showcase art from across the continent.
With a curated celebration of art from Africa, special projects, and a variety of exhibitors, the RMB Latitudes Art Fair 2023 is not to be missed. Join us from 26 – 28 May 2023 to celebrate our shared creative spirit and ignite new relationships.