Norval Foundation launches Cape Town’s first Art Book Fair

Celebrating the visual arts, art publishing and the broader creative community, Norval Foundation is proud to present Cape Town Art Book Fair on 19 and 20 December 2020.

Art book fairs have taken off around the world, but this is South Africa’s first book fair dedicated to art books and the country’s art publishing community.

Programming includes a conversation between artist Dada Khanyisa and storyteller Julie Nxadi, who will be continuing their initial conversation in the catalogue Good Feelings. Art critic and academic, Mary Corrigall will be giving a talk on how COVID-19 has affected the local art market. Book signings by artists Georgina Gratrix, Gerhard Marx, author and curator, Marilyn Martin, and more, will happen over the course of the two-day fair.

The Kid’s Nook will have a diverse range of children’s art books for a variety of ages. Children’s book readings will be done by author Cobi Labuscagne and Norval Foundation’s Education Coordinator, Lindsay Hendricks.

Monographs on artists, exhibition catalogues, experimental and artist books, art historical publications, as well as new, old, rare and out of print books will all be on show and available to purchase. In the midst of the festive season, Cape Town Art Book Fair offers attendees the opportunity to find unique gifts for friends and family.

“We are honoured to host Cape Town’s, and South Africa’s, first art book fair. There is an incredible wealth of art books and a diverse community of local art publishing in this country.

It is our hope to start a long-standing tradition of art book fairs and support this important facet of the arts.” says Elana Brundyn, CEO, Norval Foundation.

Cape Town Art Book Fair is supported by a range of galleries and organisations, including Stevenson, Clarke’s Bookshop, ART AFRICA, THK, SMAC, Goodman Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Everard Read, Blank Projects, David Krut Publishers, Barnard Gallery and more.

The event celebrates and supports the arts and arts community, aiming to create an inclusive and accessible space. Cape Town Art Book Fair and the associated programming is free and will be taking place in Norval Foundation’s Foyer. Entrance to Norval Foundation’s exhibitions and sculpture garden is free for members. Norval Foundation’s Annual Access Membership continues to be available for purchase for a reduced rate of R 120.

All COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed and enforced.

About Norval Foundation

Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression, dedicated to the research, education and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond.

Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature. The lush and beautifully landscaped indigenous sculpture garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces, and research library offer visitors a unique multisensory experience.

The Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, a bespoke shop, and a children’s playground further enhance this. All the Foundation has to offer is now on view via the Norval Foundation virtual tour.