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SPIER CONTEMPORARY WRAP-UP (article first published : 2008-08-12)

The Johannesburg leg of the Spier Contemporary sponsored by Hollard has ended its run at the Johannesburg Art Gallery with excellent media coverage and feedback from visitors to the exhibition.

The final leg of the exhibition, scheduled to run at the Durban Art Gallery from mid-August, has had to be cancelled due to sponsorship from a public sector donor not materialising.

To date, the Spier Contemporary has attracted close to 20,000 visitors in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has generated more than R3 million worth of media exposure. It has provided a national and even an international platform for the participating artists, with many artists commenting on the positive impact that the event has had on their careers.

Approximately R1,2 million worth of sales took place as a direct result of the Spier Contemporary, all of which has gone to the artists themselves.

The Africa Centre organisers of this biennial event has been gratified by the success of the Spier Contemporary on all levels. Planning is underway for the next event which is due to run in 2009/2010.




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