Artlogic is a sponsorship and events company that specialises in high-end, boutique Fairs. We are credited with bringing world-class events to South Africa and providing platforms for hundreds of artists, craftsmen and handmade producers from South Africa and the continent to promote and sell their work to both a local and international audience.
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 Rand Merchant Bank.
Currently Artlogic produces several annual fairs that have come to be regarded as key events in their respective sectors. Currently, Artlogic produces the FNB JoburgArtFair, the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair and the Winter Sculpture Fair; and previously the Standard Bank Cycle Fair. Each of these fairs are of international significance to contemporary art in Africa in their support of growth and development is key to our shared culture and creative innovation. Artlogic has had major success in researching trends and packaging those to our sponsors, exhibitors and audiences 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.
Mandla Sibeko leads the Artlogic team and is also the 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.
Petra Mason's focus on contemporary African art started while working for ADA Art, Design and Architecture magazine and for the Associated Magazine group in the 1990s. As head of media relations at the South African National Gallery (IZIKO museums) during the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale Mason worked for curator Okwui Enwezor before moving to New York. While on the East Coast she worked with publishers TASCHEN, Assouline and Rizzoli New York as well as for the office of Fanning Publications under editor Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky. Mason has partnered on projects with Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Deering Estate, Philip Johnson's Glass House, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She has authored several titles including Bunny Yeager's Darkroom and Imperfect Utopia for Rizzoli and contributes to US based arts publications.
Nokwazi Zimu has a passion for all things creative. For fifteen years she worked in the broadcast media, working for the likes of SABC, e-TV (now eNCA), Talk Radio 702, Summit TV, Power Fm, Kaya Fm, Voice Of Soweto and East Coast Radio. After resigning in 2008 to care for her family Zimu took on the role of independent media practitioner ranging from communications/PR strategist to book ghost writing and editing. She is also a published academic author and holds an MA in Media Studies as well as an BA Honours degree. This Regional and National Vodacom Journalist of the year (2005) award winner has had the great opportunity to work not only as Journalist but also as News Reader, Anchor, TV and Radio talk show host and Producer. Interviewing some of the country’s and the world’s big names in the process. Her long standing pure love for contemporary art and photography is what has brought her to this space.
Nicole joins Artlogic after six years in New York galleries and at various international fairs. 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).
Cassandra has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Honours degree in Strategic Brand Communication. She previously worked as a management consultant at Systemic Logic Group, bringing with her a diverse skill set that includes project management, design thinking, brand management and communication. As a lifestyle blogger and content creator, she is passionate about design, and producing meaningful content.
Boniwe joined Artlogic as the office Administrator & Assistant and has experience in telecommunications, administration and events assistance. She hopes to hone in on her passion for communication and events while learning about the Art and Design industries.
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.
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". Cobi has been part of the FNB JoburgArtFair team for the past 11 years and now oversees all Artlogic operations and management.
Now in its twelfth 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 tenth 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 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.