You can have fun and grow your grey matter, also known as your brain cells, at the upcoming Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF). Art, imagination and education all come together this year at the Fair, which is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday 16 until Sunday 18 February.
We all know that painting, drawing and making things are awesome ways to keep busy but did you know that when you hold a paintbrush or scribble with a crayon, you’re helping your brain to grow?
While some of you might think that art fairs are just for older people, the ICTAF gives everyone and anyone a chance to see, learn and find out more about art not just in our own country but throughout Africa and beyond.
The ICTAF is also a great place for anyone interested in art as a career to find out more in what it means to be an artist and there are lots of things for you and your parents to do, including:
Lalela makes art lekker at ITCAF
Lalela is an organisation that was founded during the World Cup in 2010 by a handful of artists in the Western Cape to give children, who might not otherwise have the chance, an opportunity to learn more about art.
At this year’s ICTAF they’re going to have an interactive stand (#F1) which you and your parents can visit and create art together.
The Lalela stand will also be showcasing art by children who take part in their different programmes and will include work by kids inspired by Odili Odita who is an artist that was born in Nigeria. Odili started his art journey as a child when he began recreating drawings from superhero comic books. His art is bright and bold – be sure to check it out!
Bigger is better at ITCAF
Another attraction at this year’s fair is the Unframed section, which features a selection of larger-than-life works that can be experienced close up. Designed for visitors to interact with the art, last year’s Unframed section featured a jumping castle and human car wash. This year there will be artworks by three local artists – Lungiswa Gqunta, Turiya Magadlela, Sethembile Msezane – and their interpretation about the everyday lives of women.
Silo silver screen at ITCAF
If you like movies, you can also go to the Fair’s is the After Hours Hub to watch one of their free films, which are being screened inside reclaimed shipping containers in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront. Featuring a total of 13 works by 11 artists from South Africa and Italy, the screenings will range in length from 2 to 30 minutes and will run on a continuous loop – meaning you and your family can pop in at any time and watch the films at your leisure.
With over sixty galleries and more than two hundred artists taking part in this year’s Fair, there’s something for every member of the family.
WHEN: ICTAF doors opens from 11am to 7pm for the duration of the fair. For more information, visit.
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