For its ongoing artistic program, The Black Collectors Forum participated at the Cape Town Art Fair, 25 February – 1 March 2015. The BCF booth featured artworks of internationally renowned artist Kay Hassan, organized a panel discussion that was part of the CTAF Talk Programme, and hosted a vernissage.

Titled, Continuing Dialogue: Widening Access to the Contemporary Art Market, the panel discussion featured notable speakers: Shado Thwala, (moderator, SAFM), Portia Malatjie (Curator, Brundyn Gallery); Riason Naidoo (Curator, National Gallery); Bongani Mkhonza (Curator, UNISA Gallery). Facilitated by art broker Andile Magengelele, it was a stimulating and lively discussion with an engaging audience. Amongst the audience was Dr. Fred Scott, a major art collector and Managing Director of Stephan Welz & Co. Auctioneers of Fine Art, who gave closing remarks on how to navigate the contemporary art market.

The vernissage was on Sunday, sponsored by Haute Cabriere in honor of Kay Hassan. A well attended event by the ‘arterati’, collectors, artists, curators and gallerists who ‘animated’ the BFC booth-space, shaping it into a favourable forum where art lovers met and exchanged ideas.

The Black Collectors Forum also collaborated with Ndalo Media, publishers of DESTINY, DESTINY MAN and SAWUBONA, as a media partner. This creative partnership is crucial for BCF objectives to reach out to the affluent black art market. The role of corporations in South African artistic developments has to be commended, especially that the recent treasury is slashing the budgets for creative arts. There is a need for innovative ways of developing new audiences and markets for the visual arts, thus collaborations with business companies are important towards the realization of BCF objectives.

The Black Collectors Forum would like to congratulate Kay Hassan, Joachim Schonefeldt and Mikhail Subotszky on their participation in the 56th Venice Biennial, ALL THE WORLD’S FUTURES, curated by Okwui Enwezor.