The sixth edition of the Turbine Art Fair will take place at Turbine Hall, Johannesburg from the 12th to 15th July 2018.
The Turbine Art Fair (TAF) is an established highlight on South Africa’s arts calendar. TAF is South Africa’s largest art fair by audience number. More importantly, TAF is the African epicenter of emerging art, the champion of the ‘next great’. TAF is world class, yet accessible and reasonably affordable. TAF powers the imaginations of early-stage collectors. TAF launches the careers of emerging artists. TAF boosts young galleries. Our aim is to educate, entertain and sell. In a word, our vision is to “Inspire”.

Exhibitors whether galleries, collectives or dealers are invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R50, 000 incl VAT. Individual artists will be able to participate either as part of a collective or by applying to one of the special projects.

TAF18 is a notable event and all applications will be carefully considered by the curatorial committee to ensure compliance with the core values of the fair and its organisers.

Key dates

Applications open 1 December 2017
Applications closed 15 February 2018
Notification of admission  28 February 2018
Exhibitor manual and layout sent out 1 June 2018
Extras forms submission 14 May 2018
Social media information deadline 30 May 2018
Final payment 30 June 2018


Selection Process

  • Two stage process – Compliance then Selection

Compliance criteria

  • Galleries only, under 8 years of age
  • If over 8 years of age – only allowed to show emerging artists (less than 8 years in market)

Selection criteria (scorecard)

  • Gallery stature and programme
  • Coherence of project
  • Booth design
  • New works, not previously shown in a gallery or fair (first showcase)
  • Quality of artworks
  • Artist potential, promise

Submission requirements

  1. Exhibitor profile / gallery Mission Statement
  2. Motivation to participate in TAF18
  3. Proposed artists
  4. Images of proposed artists work and list of image specifications submitted.For the purposes of application process low res images may be submitted.

Please take note:

Consideration of the R50,000 incl VAT upper price limit of artwork must be respected.

The selection committee will consider the suitability of the proposed work both individually as well as how the exhibitor may bring the work together to create a cohesive, curated exhibition.

The selection committee and organisers reserve the right to offer applicants a stand conditional upon the exclusion of certain artwork.

During the course of build up, prior to the opening of the fair, the organisers and commitee reserve the right to remove any work they deem unsuitable or instruct an exhibitor to leave their stand, should the exhibitor not comply with the pre-approved application.


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