Artlogic specialises in high-end, boutique Fairs.
Together with corporate sponsors, we produce several annual Fairs that have come to be regarded as key events in their respective sectors.
Founded in 2004, the company’s first venture was a production of William Kentridge’s 9 Films for Projection, sponsored by Standard Bank in South Africa and Bloomberg in New York, and The Magic Flute, sponsored by RandMerchant Bank.
Currently, Artlogic produces the FNB JoburgArtFair, the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair, the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair and the Winter Sculpture Fair. The company has had major success in researching trends and packaging those to our sponsors to ensure a good brand fit. By acting as a conduit between business and cultural entities, Artlogic aims to open up new markets beyond the reach of traditional marketing tools.
Ross Douglas started Artlogic with a project that took celebrated South African artist William Kentridge's animated art films, put them to 35mm and projected them with live music. The event was a major success with performances taking place in Central Park New York amongst other international venues. Artlogic quickly became the first company in South Africa to focus on corporate sponsorship to produce major art events including a Kentridge Opera and the first art fair in Africa.
Douglas started his working life guiding and managing camps in the Okavango Delta. He moved to Mozambique when the country ended a 25 year civil war and started a career in documentary film making. He produced and directed a number of films including full length documentaries about the post war demobilization process and the grand plans to extend the Kruger into Mozambique as part of the Peace Parks Initiative. He returned to South Africa in 1994, after the first democratic elections in his home country and continued making documentaries including the first film on free-diving with Great Whites sharks which was sold to National Geographic. Since the start of Artlogic 8 years ago, the company has built a portfolio of fairs and is heavily focused on growing the company outside the borders of South Africa.
Cobi holds Masters and undergraduate degrees in painting and animation from Michaelis School of Fine Art and Wits University. Before joining Artlogic to produce the FNB JoburgArtFair she worked and taught in the fields of software and visual art. In 2011 she received a PhD as a doctoral fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. She has since launched a partnership with Wiser and Artlogic to research "New and old forms of affluence in major African cities" and continues to do fieldwork research on "The work-life of small and medium sized businesses in South Africa".
Mandla Sibeko leads the Artlogic team and is also the newly appointed Director of the FNB Joburg Art Fair. Mandla’s interests have spun across several sectors including media, retail, property and SMME’S. His entrepreneurial pursuit include the ownership of the Pick 'n Pay Family Supermarket in Kliptown, Soweto. He also led the branding and signage programme of the FIFA 2010 World Cup through the company Icon South Africa, in partnership with a UK-based global stadium and City dressing company. His interest in media saw him Co-Creator the South African television drama “90 Plein Street.”. Mandla serves on several boards of NGOs. In 2010 he was honoured as young global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Mandla has also been honoured over the years with Awards for several of his entrepreneurial pursuits.
With an undergraduate degree in Architecture and an Honours degree in Strategic Brand Communication, Cassandra is a multifaceted young woman, who brings her diverse skills set to the Artlogic Team. As an avid blogger, media entrepreneur and traveller, she uses her writing and design skills to produce the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair as well as being involved in the brand management of the company’s events and fostering its valuable relationships.
Nicole joins Artlogic after six years in New York galleries and at various international fairs. Most recently she worked as Production Manager for the Independent fairs as part of the team that launched Independent Régence, Independent Brussels and Independent Projects as well as four editions of Independent New York. Throughout this time she has worked with galleries and artists from around the world. She began her professional career at the fourth edition of Art Dubai, shadowing curator Laurie Ann Farrell and artist Kader Attia as they installed their Abraaj Capital Art Prize winning work History of a Myth: The Small Dome of the Rock (2010) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art Design (SCAD).
Sandiswa is a Journalism graduate who worked in the film and television industry until 2011, when she furthered her education with a certificate in film and visual studies. She then returned to the field of Television and worked under a number of different titles, including Online Content Creator for Vuzu. She also has worked as Project Co-ordinator at the Market Photo Workshop for the Social Landscape Project and as Editorial Project Manager at the Mail & Guardian for the 200 Young South Africans and Book of Women 2013 supplements. She joined Artlogic in 2014, as Production Manager for the company’s Fairs.
Nomthandazo (Nomi) is a VIP Guest Relations specialist and heads up the newly established Signature Events department. She gained extensive experience as a Project Manager, launching new client services and brand-engagement products for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in South Africa. In 2014 she extended her interest in the creative industries to include Art and entered the industry as the Events Director at the Museum of African Design. Prior to joining Artlogic, Nomi operated as an independent contractor lending her Partnership Acquisition, Event Coordination and Guest Relations skills to creating unique guest experiences for high-end local and international lifestyle brands.
Tumba Makonga is a multi-disciplinary artist. He joined Artlogic as a freelance designer in 2016 to create and manage the visual identities of the company’s fairs and events. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Johannesburg with a B-Tech Degree in multimedia design, with his majors being illustration and video post-production. He is a Design Indaba Emerging Creative (2014) and has exhibited his illustrations at the FNB JoburgArtFair. In 2010, he co-founded a multimedia design collective called Grime Town.
Tau Skosana began his career in art installation in 2007 and soon found himself working on high-profile art exhibitions such as Africa Remix, Dungamanzi, Space and, most recently, The rise and fall of apartheid. ‘I’ve worked with great and inspiring people, and as a result I’ve gained valuable experience and developed many skills,’ says Tau. As the next logical step, Tau founded the company 2tbean, which handles art installations, furniture and property refurbishing and logistics for a growing number of clients.
Manqoba has started at Artlogic as an Intern, he has his qualification in Interior Design from the University of Johannesburg. His strengths are focused on; Design, Space rendering, Interior space planning, floor plans, branding and presentation. His interest in Green Design has him completing the Green Building Council of South Africa course which he aspires to be an Accredited Professional in Green Star Rating for Interior Design. Manqoba will be assisting with production of the fairs such as the Winter Sculpture Fair and FNB JoburgArtFair. With over 5 years experience with events and event staff management, Manqoba will also be taking the role of communications in the company.
Now in its tenth year, the FNB JoburgArtFair offers the largest selection of contemporary African art to buy and view under one roof. It also features curated spaces for cutting-edge design, specially curated lounges and a top-quality talks program.More Info
The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is an annual event that aims to bring together the best in local produce and craftsmanship. Now in its fourth year, the Fair has established itself as one of the most highly anticipated events on Johannesburg’s social calendar.More Info
Artlogic’s newest Fair is a whimsical offering of art, food and wine. For the event, Franschhoek’s top chefs and wine producers set up shop in the NIROX Sculpture Park, creating an unmatched culinary experience in Gauteng. Live music, lunch and shopping make this a perfect daytrip.More Info
The first Africa Cycle Fair created a space where the growing cycling community could engage around the common message of cycling as a lifestyle, provide an experience for visitors and create a retail environment to showcase and sell cycling related products.
The success and positive feedback vindicated the decision and has necessitated a move in venue, and a dramatic expansion in the size and scope of the Fair.More Info
The Signature Events Department executes the VIP Programmes related to each of the Artlogic Fairs and offers a specialised events management service to our private clients. From the fine food and wine we curate to the elegant design of the complete guest experience, each encounter is well-researched, clearly presented and meticulously carried out to give your guests the VIP experience synonymous with the Artlogic offering.