The ART WEEK project is inspired by similar international models and takes the form of a week-long annual festival comprising of a co-ordinated programme of events and activations. The function of the ART WEEK organisation is to initiate and actualise such events and activations.
As a central objective, ART WEEK builds a forum in which the public, and role-players within the contemporary arts, can engage, participate, and share audiences and information resources.
ART WEEK was started in 2012 by The Contemporary Art Development Trust (CADT) with the aim of developing new audiences, increasing visibility and strengthening the visual art industry in Cape Town. What began, in 2012, as a small project driven by the simple idea of highlighting local contemporary art grew into the only annual festival to shine a spotlight on both the Johannesburg and Cape Town art scenes.
All participants’ events are included on a map/programme which is distributed free of charge in and around the city; as well as on various digital platforms.
Programmes are diverse and often include: public performances, exhibitions, public talks and presentations, art and cultural city tours, and artists’ studio visits, amongst many other activities. Participants include, but are not limited to: galleries, non-profit arts organisations and institutions (private, academic and government), artist collectives, as well as various commercial and non-commercial public spaces.
Contemporary art from Africa is gaining increasing attention internationally, and ART WEEK CAPE TOWN aims to harness that interest and establish Cape Town, with its incredible energy and diversity, as a hub for art from the region and the continent.
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN aims to create a more robust community of art producers and consumers both locally and internationally. With each iteration of ART WEEK, the project becomes more established, and creates a greater awareness about contemporary arts and the art market in South Africa.
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN 2019 is presented by the Contemporary Arts and Development Trust (CADT) in association with PLNTH as the implementation agent.