A painting by Ayabonga-Ntshongwana exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair



Five local visual artists, part of the City of Cape Town’s Emerging Artist Programme, will showcase their work at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2024.

Featuring over 375 artists from four continents and with over 100 leading galleries participating, the Cape Town Art Fair is the largest art fair on the African continent which brings the international art world together.

The Cape Town Art Fair takes place at the CTICC from 16 – 18 February 2024.

With 24 events across various venues over three days, the art fair will cut across aspects of the artistic experience including high quality exhibitions, discussions, awards, and tours exploring Cape Town’s vibrant art and culture.

The five young artists will be among the creatives who get an opportunity to exhibit their work and network with industry experts.


The group forms part of the Emerging Artist Programme, which supports under-resourced artists in the early stage of their careers by providing them with training, mentorship, networking opportunities and exhibition platforms.

The five artists are:

A painting by Ayabonga-Ntshongwana exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair

Ayabonga Ntshongwana from Langa

‘I joined the EAP in 2019, and it’s been a great experience. I learned how to take my art career more seriously, gained knowledge and made connections that helped me express myself on a bigger scale. Being part of the Art Fair 2024 is a big deal for my career and I’m excited to show the world what I’ve created.’

A painting by Yamkela Mandlevu exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair

Yamkela Madlevu from Khayelitsha

‘As a young visual artist, I encountered experienced artists in the industry who suggested that I join the City’s EAP. The workshops provided valuable insights into the dos and don’ts of the art industry. This is a significant honour as it means representing myself and the programme, and I hope it will open future opportunities.’

A painting by Hari-Lualhati exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair

Hari Lualhati from Parklands

‘Being accepted into the EAP started a big journey for me. This experience has helped me grow a lot in my art career. Looking ahead, my plan is simple – keep making great art, putting my heart and soul into each piece, driven by the passion I found in this amazing programme.’

An art piece by Bevan-Blankenberg exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair

Bevan Blankenberg from Northpine

‘When I was at the EAP workshop last year, I learned useful skills that made my art look more professional. The workshop taught me about the art market, getting ready for exhibitions, and important things new artists should know to improve.’

A painting by Fazlin-Hoosain exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair

Fazlin Hoosain from Woodstock

‘Working with the EAP has been great for me. These events helped me grow as an artist and a creative entrepreneur. I’m excited to be part of the fair and with the support and guidance of the EAP, I’m eager to explore my full potential. This opportunity will not only help me grow as an artist, but also give me the tools to succeed as a businessperson in the ever-changing world of art and design.’

A painting by Ayabonga-Ntshongwana exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair
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