24-28 May 2023
10 Hope Road, Mountain View, Johannesburg, South Africa
RMB Latitudes is an indoor-outdoor art experience aimed at celebrating the creative spirit, fostering new relationships, connecting artists and galleries to buyers and the public, and creating new opportunities.
About the Event
RMB Latitudes is an indoor-outdoor art experience with a focus on discovery and development. The event takes place in May 2023, at Shepstone Gardens, a magnificent three-acre property in Johannesburg.
In response to the unique venue, central to the curation of the 2023 edition is sculpture, as well as solo and duo artist presentations. In addition to traditional art fair booths, galleries, curators and artists will be encouraged to create their own unique exhibition spaces, in response to the unexpected and intimate venue.
“We are thrilled to partner with Latitudes who mirror our belief in unlocking Africa’s vibrant and resourceful creative economy. This public showcase of African artistic expression, in a unique Johannesburg venue, signals hope and optimism for our continent’s creative talent.” – Carolynne Waterhouse, RMB
Applications open 28 September 2022
Application close 28 November 2022
Feedback will be communicated via email in December 2022
Wednesday 24 May 2023: RMB client vernissage – Invitation only
Thursday 25 May 2023: Vernissage – Invitation only
Friday 26 May 2023: Open to public
Saturday 27 May 2023: Open to public
Sunday 28 May 2023: Open to public
Solo - single artist presentation
Duo - duo artist presentation
Outdoor sculpture presentation
Stands are charged at an average of R2,200/m2 ex VAT, dependant on location within the fair
For application purposes, stands are sized at:
- Small (<10m2)
- Medium (10m2-30m2)
- Large (>30m2)
Successful applicants will work closely with the Latitudes team to design a space suitable for their exhibition requirements.
The Fair will also be presented online, on both Latitudes and Artsy.
Exhibitors can apply for an online booth only, for a fee of R5,000 ex VAT.
Client entertainment opportunities
The unique and spectacular indoor-outdoor venue of RMB Latitudes 2023 provides the ideal setting for bespoke client entertainment. Latitudes will be in touch with successful applicants to discuss the opportunity to host bespoke brunches and lunches for clients. These will be costed separately, according to each exhibitor’s requirements.
Latitudes launched as a physical art fair in 2019, and has since evolved into an integral player in the African art industry. The all-women team runs an online marketplace for art from Africa, a physical art fair, a series of mentorship programmes and an art award, all with the common goal of creating voices for independent artists and connecting artists with collectors. Latitudes challenges how art can be seen, experienced, and purchased, making the process more inclusive, less intimidating, and ultimately enjoyable for collectors.
Latitudes Art Fair 2019
Latitudes launched in September 2019 as a new fair for contemporary art from Africa. Drawing a diverse audience to Sandton’s Nelson Mandela Square, the message was clear. There is appetite for a re-envisioned zone of creative exchange for the art community. One which is inclusive, immersive and innovative. Latitudes Art Fair 2019 took a lateral and flexible approach to mediating art, in which artists, galleries, independent curators, online entities and institutions were regarded as equally viable applicants.
- 24 exhibitors
- 6000 visitors
- R9M in media value
"Fresh, focused, an unforgettable experience.” - Tawane Kupe, Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria
“The fair had an incredible energy. The kid's programme was testament to its inclusivity and the team has been a pleasure to work with." - Valerie Kabov, gallerist, Zimbabwe
“We met new and significant buyers from institutions and foreigners. What an incredible first edition!" - Daudi Karungi, Gallerist, Uganda
"Latitudes Art Fair had an intimate and positive energy. We were impressed by the educational programme and were thrilled to be able to contribute to the children's print workshops. Their marketing presence was phenomenal and the inclusion of independent artists was refreshing." - David Krut, gallerist
RMB Latitudes is sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is a leading African Corporate and Investment Bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups (by market capitalisation) in Africa – FirstRand Bank Limited. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.
As the Corporate and Investment arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly owned by FirstRand Limited), we have access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India and China.
RMB has a long-standing history with creative economy from the visual arts to music. The bank is committed to developing talent across multiple disciplines and we are proud of the role art plays in shaping our society.
For more information please visit: rmb.co.za
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