This Programme is a powerful component of the Fair. It is where ideas are shared and debated, and where inspiration can be imparted.


Note:   Talks and walkabouts are free to attend and are available on a first come first serve basis. Visitors are required to fill in their name at the walkabout stop point next to reception to book their slot on the walkabout.

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Friday 13 July 2018

Times Speaker Title Description
 11:15 – 11:30 Tamzin Lovell-Miller

Ricky Burnett

 Talks Programme Curator

Talks Programme MC

 Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:30 – 12:15  

A Screening of three inspiring international TED Talks

Think CuraTED

(Inspired Session #1)

A screening of three inspiring international TED talks:

Hadi Eldebek: Why must artists be poor? (6:41)

Marina Abramovic: An art made of trust, vulnerability and connection (15:51)

Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighbourhood with imagination, beauty and art (16:52)

14:00 – 14:45 Professor Terence King – Artist (Bio TBC)


Louise Hall – Artist(Bio TBC)

THINK Strategies for Success

(Inspired Session #2)

Is the “Starving Artist” label myth or reality? What are the chances of success as an artist today and in the future? How can artists support each other? Talk co-presented on behalf of a group of artists from KZN who have set up their own support system. They will share with us their art, their stories and experiences

Saturday 14 July 2018

11:30 – 12:00 Els van Mourik

THINK Narratives (Inspired Session #3)

Talk by Els van Mourik from Amsterdam, Story Coach and ‘#instagrammer’ African_Art_Stories
13:00 – 13:45 Moderator: Ricky Burnett – South African Artist and Curator

Reggie Nkosi – Art collector and Owner Anna B Investments Private Equity

Miriam Grech-Cumbo – Art collector (Bio TBC)

THINK Legacy    (Inspired Session #4)

Keynote: talks by two major collectors. A look into the passions and strategies behind their collections and how they build value for the future.
14:15 – 15:00 Moderator – Greg Maloka MD of Kaya FM

David Koloane – Renowed South African Artist

Monna Mokoena – Founder of Gallery MOMO (TBC)

Nomsa Mazwai -Award winning South African Music artist, General Manager of The Soweto Theatre

THINK Passion (Inspired Session #5)

Panel discussion on the journey between passion & success (how to go the long road without losing the passion) Lessons from life.


15:00 – 16:15 Moderated by Tladi Marumo – Marumo At Law Advisory (Pty) Ltd | Director: Good Law Foundation | Board Member: Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

Cate Terblanche – Sasol Colleciton Art Curator

Benon Lutaaya – Johannesburg Based Visual artis, ranked number one on the 2015 list of top 4 artists under 40 whose work to invest in

Charl Bezuidenhout – Arts Broker in Contemporary art and owner of WorldArt Gallery

Yvette Nowell – Head of RMB Fund

THINK Promise (Inspired Session #6)

How do you identify talent? How do you know what is good art? Can you predict success? How early should you invest in young talent? How do you best nurture it within the creative economy? Panel discussion with artists, academic, gallerist, collectors.


Sunday 15 July 2018

 11:30 – 12:15 Wilhelm van Rensburg – Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co. and Curator of Life Force: Still Lifes of Irma Stern. THINK History (Inspired Session #7) How contemporary artists respond to history. Presenting the Strauss selection of contemporary artists who responding to Irma Stern: Life Force: Still Lifes of Irma Stern


13:15 – 14:00 Donald Nxumalo – Donald Nxumalo Interiors

Makgati Molebatsi – Art Advisor Mak’Dct

Ntombenhle Shezi– Deputy Editor Elle Deco

Philippe van der Merwe – Tonic Design

THINK Home (Inspired Session #8)

Living with art – Panel discussion with art advisor, interior designers and décor magazine


14:30 – 15:15 Ronnie Apteker – South African internet pioneer, writer and film producer

Paul Sika – Ivorian Photomaker, digital and transmedia artist

Chris Soal – Visual Artist and cinematographer at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, founded by South African-born internationally renowned artist William Kentridge,

Dr Haseenah Ebrahim – Senior Lecturer Wits School of Arts – PhD(Film & Media), MA(Communication), HDipLib, BA

THINK Film    (Inspired Session #9)


Panel Discussion with artists, fashion designers, curators, writers, filmmakers. How much does film as an art form influence us as society, as artists? Is this changing now in a social media driven world? How has the Hollywood bias affected the rest of the world? Do our own aesthetics our own stories in South Africa and Africa have enough influence, are they beginning to have influence elsewhere in the world?


15:30 – 16:15 A screening of three inspiring international TED talks                 Think CuraTED (Inspired session #10) A screening of three inspiring international TED talks:

Angelica Dass (artist): The beauty of human skin in every colour (11:27)

Shea Hembrey (artist): How I became 100 artists (16:48)

Celeste Headlee (Radio talk show host): 10 Ways to have a better conversation (11:44)