After a momentous premiere launch of the Mauritius International Art Fair (MIAF) in 2019, the 2nd edition of the MIAF will be held in Mauritius from 23 to 26 June 2022 as a collaborative effort with Economic Development Board of Mauritius to bolster the creative offerings of Africa and the region.
MIAF is a multi-disciplinary contemporary art fair set to position Mauritius as an art and cultural destination and contender for one of the world’s most artistically and culturally vibrant countries. The fair aims to advocate, educate, and introduce original body of artworks from local, regional, and international artists. It also serves as an annual rendezvous for artists from all over the world to network and engage in artistic dialogues with cultural exchanges. Predominantly from neighbouring islands like Rodrigues, Reunion, Madagascar, and Seychelles, MIAF unites artists from around the world as it plugs these regional artists into the global network spanning the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania.
This year, an international conference on Art and Finance that aims to shape the arts and investment approach will be introduced into the educational offerings of the art fair. By enlisting the expertise from the private sector, bankers, government entities, and arts & cultural institutions, the conference will demonstrate the need for art investment in Mauritius and serves to create a platform of informational exchanges between industry stakeholders.
Another highlight of this upcoming edition of the MIAF is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) through Arts, initiative in collaboration with British Council Mauritius, which encourages local artists to raise awareness creatively on the Sustainable Development Goals within their local context.
Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase an impressive range of art forms, including paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, visual and sound media, and assemblage. The MIAF 2nd Edition will curate a selection of emerging and establish artists exhibiting alongside island pavilions, and they will respond to the theme, Bridge the Gap; Build the Future.
The creative sector is increasingly becoming a valuable segment contributing to the local, regional, and global economies. As per the government’s vision, the creative sector is a potentially new economic driver to stimulate growth, job creation, and investment in Mauritius with its evaluation at 3.5% of GDP, which approximates to 14 billion rupees (US$314 million).