“Artinsure is delighted to be in partnership with the Turbine Art Fair for the third year running in sponsoring the Talks Programme as well as the art walkabouts.  The 2017 Artinsure Talks Programme will offer art lovers an insight into a broad range of art related subjects which will be presented by select specialists and artists. This association strengthens and reinforces Artinsure’s position as the leader in art insurance” says Gordon Massie MD Artinsure

The opportunity to discuss investing in the arts, talks about processes, projects and creativity, not to mention the artworks themselves provide a solid highlight to any art fair. TAF’s talks are aimed particularly at its target markets with interesting and informative talks.

In 2017 curator Makgati Molebatsi, the founder of Mak’Dct has presented the possibility of enhancing the concept, curatorship, management and execution of the TAF 2017 art talks in collaboration with Artinsure. The concept and direction will be centred around “Conversations with collectors” which will take its direction from the special project of an exhibition of the collection of Pierneef’s of art collector Anton Taljaard, art collector and property developer. Mak’Dct aims to create a compelling reason for the visitors to the fair as well as the public to attend the art talks’ through curating and managing a stimulating, informative and exciting talk program.

Note: To book for any of the talkswalkabouts or children’s walkabouts please purchase a general admission ticket online and select which additional programme you would like to attend.  These are free to attend and are available on a first come first serve basis.  Should you not be able to get a spot for a talk or walkabout online, there are a few spots available to walk-ins on the day.


is curated by Makgati Molebatsi and is proudly sponsored by ARTINSURE.


Saturday 15 July 2017

Times Speaker Title Description
11:15 – 11:30 Makgati Molebatsi Welcome and opening remarks
11:30 – 13:00 Film Screening Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict



Peggy Guggenheim had a wild life. One of her husbands was Max Ernst, another used to make her stand naked in front of an open window while he chucked whisky at her. But she was also, in the art world, a force to be taken seriously. When she closed her New York gallery in 1947 ahead of a move to her beloved Europe, critic Clement Greenberg wrote: “Her departure is in my opinion a serious loss to living American art… She gave more first showings to more serious new artists than anyone else in the country.” He wasn’t wrong. In New York, Peggy had shown, among many others, Mark Rothko, Joseph CornellRobert MotherwellWillem de Kooning and, perhaps most important of all, her beloved “Jack the Dripper”, Jackson Pollock. Her own collection is still housed in her strange bungalow-like Venice palazzo.” The Guardian 27 February 2015 – The Best 10 Art Patrons.

13:30 – 14:30 Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly in conversation with Anton Taljaard Keynote conversation Pierneef: A collectors Passion Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly editor-in-chief of Business Day Wanted interviews Anton Taljaard, whose collection of Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef artworks will be on exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair.  Jacquie will uncover how Anton started collecting and what has inspired him to keep collecting art.
 15:00 – 16:00 Panel: Nomahlubi Shezi, Tshepo Hlongwane and Dawood Petersen and Liesle Barrath, joined by Tamzin Lovell Miller, in conversation with Tladi Marumo Collecting within and beyond the walls Individuals motivation for acquiring and collecting art vary. Mostly its to adorn the walls of their living or work spaces. When does acquisition stop or extend beyond what has been acquired already. You invariably hear people say ‘my walls are full’. Does that mean acquisition needs to stop at filling your walls, specifically at what can be displayed on the walls? Can it extend to storing some of the artworks, or decommissioning to make space for new works? What happens when one encounters an artwork that engages them, and its compelling enough to acquire; or its an artwork that does not necessarily need to be displayed on a wall. Does acquisition extend to sculptures, video, installation, even performance.

Sunday 16 July 2017

 11:30 – 13:00 Panel: Usha Seerjarim, Nelson Makamo, Lawrence Lemaona joined by Kara Blackmore, in conversation with Makgati Molebatsi Artists and Collecting: Are they interested in building massive collections? Artists have well trained eyes and see more art than most people. In most cases, artists acquire artworks through trades and swaps with other artists. How far does their collecting extend? Beyond the wall, into storage; to include video, installation, performance? Do they experience pride of possession when an artwork acquired during an artists formative years becomes valuable when the artist becomes sought after, or do they see an opportunity to cash in? It is said ‘artists trading of artworks is an important part of art history. Gauguin swapped works with Van Gogh and Degas; Andy Warhol, who had a huge collection of other artists’ work, traded with Jasper Johns; records show that in the 16th century, Raphael exchanged works with Albrecht Dürer.’ (Melanie Girlis, Financial Times 10 June 2016.
13:30 – 15:00  Film Screening Film Screening: Jean Michel Basquiat : A Radiant Child .

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat’s friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat’s rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.
15:15 – 16:45  Film Screening Film Screening: Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict Peggy Guggenheim had a wild life. One of her husbands was Max Ernst, another used to make her stand naked in front of an open window while he chucked whisky at her. But she was also, in the art world, a force to be taken seriously. When she closed her New York gallery in 1947 ahead of a move to her beloved Europe, critic Clement Greenberg wrote: “Her departure is in my opinion a serious loss to living American art… She gave more first showings to more serious new artists than anyone else in the country.” He wasn’t wrong. In New York, Peggy had shown, among many others, Mark Rothko, Joseph Cornell, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and, perhaps most important of all, her beloved “Jack the Dripper”, Jackson Pollock. Her own collection is still housed in her strange bungalow-like Venice palazzo.” The Guardian 27 February 2015 – The Best 10 Art Patrons.

Makgati Molebatsi – Curator Artinsure TAF Talks Programme

Makgati Molebatsi is the founder and Director of Mak’Dct Art Advisory & Agency, a service providing guidance to private individuals and companies; as well as early career artists in navigating the contemporary art world, a company she established in 2016. At the end of 2015 Makgati left a thirty year career in Marketing and Communications to pursue her passion for visual art and enrolled in the spring semester course in Art & Business with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London Campus. She spent six months in London studying, networking and indulging her keen interest in art by visiting museums, galleries, art fairs, biennials, artist studios, art foundations and residencies.

After graduating with a BA (SS) degree from the then University of the North, she worked briefly as a Social Worker. She left Social Work and spent a year studying towards a Certificate in Business Administration with Wits Business School. This led to a career in Marketing and Communications, gaining extensive experience from Private and Public sector organisations; Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Edcon, Hoechst Pharmaceutical, Eskom and Prasa.

In 1997 she spent 3 months working for the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial arranging visas for participating international artists as well as assisting them with sourcing exhibition material where necessary. She sits on the board of The bag Factory Artist Studios, participates in the organisations selection committee for visiting residency artists, the David Koloane Award and the Cassirer/ Welz Award. She participates in the Business and Arts South Africa mentorship program; and has provided mentorship to the Director of The Ithuba Art Fund, a CSI initiative by the Citiq Group, a project, which focused on providing a platform for emerging artists in and around Johannesburg. She has been a juror in the selection of artists participating in ‘Emergence: Contemporary Artists to Watch’ an exhibition of emerging artists from across the globe staged at Galerie Myrtis based in Baltimore, Maryland, US.

She recently was juror in the selection committee for galleries to be included in The Turbine Art Fair 2017, and will curate Artinsure TAF Talks Program.


Nomahlubi Shezi: Collectors Panel

Mrs NomaHlubi (Hlubi) Shezi was born and bred in Durban. She is married to Mandla Shezi and blessed with 3 children. She studied and qualified as a Chemical Engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA. She worked in the petrochemical industry for Shell & BP Refinery in Durban; Shell head office in Cape Town as well as Sasol in Rosebank. Hlubi and Mandla started collecting art about 17 years when they moved to Johannesburg. The introduction and influence of art was through their uncle, who is an avid art collector. Hlubi then founded an art company called The Queen of Art (QOA) though which she hosts exhibitions, buys and sells art. The exhibitions are for and about the artists, to help them with exposure to people that they might not normally interact with or meet. They are also about exposing and educating our young black professionals and business people to art. Hlubi started these after making personal relationships with some artists and realizing the level of disconnect between the creator of the work and those that should consume it. It was not how she had imagined. These super talented and amazing people should be superstars in our communities and we should invest in their talents. So basically QOA is an innovative platform for influencing change through networking between the artists, professionals and young businesses. Through these exhibitions QOA has established relationships with Candice Berman gallery and Artist Proof Studio.


Tshepo Hlongwane: Collectors Panel

Tshepo is a finance professional with more than 10 years’ experience in the banking and insurance sector. He is the founder of Brown Eyed Boy Curators a vehicle that focuses on promoting the careers of emerging Southern African artists and other art professionals who are behind the scenes such as s such as printmakers. Known for curating bespoke art experiences, Tshepo recently hosted a “Meet-The-Artist In-Studio-Session” with Nelson Makamo in his studio where they offered patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in his world and working space in an unscripted, uncensored art experience. He curated the cutting edge Grolsch ArtFridges Exhibition at MOAD, following a campaign that commissioned artists and photographers to create bespoke artworks using SMEG fridges as their canvas. In 2012 Tshepo worked with talented designer Anisa Mpungwe to create the Art Is FashionABLE where they collaborated on an exhibition that brought art and fashion enthusiasts together under one roof. He is passionate about breaking down the barriers for new buys of art and encourages them to develop early and long-standing relationships with artists to journey and support their careers. He believes in the notion of being part of an artist’s community and support system. Tshepo currently serves on the board of the Bag Factory and continues to advise private clients and corporates in building and preserving their art collections. He is deeply interested in the ever-evolving relationship between art and finance. His collection includes works by Nelson Makamo, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Sam Nhlengetwa, Phamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Bambo Sibiya, William Kentridge, Velaphi Mzimba, Danny Myburg and Fatima Mohamed-Luke to mention a few.


Dawood Petersen: Collectors Panel

Dawood Petersen is an ardent art collection, restaurateur and admitted attorney having worked in both the private and public sector. His interest in art developed after meeting and befriending a local curator, close to 10 years days ago. Since then he has amassed a considerate and considerable collection of mostly contemporary art. In 2010, he was shortlisted as a finalist of the Spier Contemporary 2010. In 2014, he occupied a booth in his capacity as a collector at FNB Joburg Art Fair, in conjunction with curator Gabi Ncgobo and artist Megan Mace exploring the interconnect between collecting, curating and creating art. His art collection includes the likes of Kemang Wa Lehulere, Laurence Lemaoana, Zander Blom, Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Jody Brand, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Cuss Group, Nico Krijno, Nandipha Mntambo, etc.


Liesle Barrath

Liesle Barrath is Divisional Director in Finance and Operations at LibFin, a division of Liberty Group. She is an Accountant by training and appreciator of the arts through life’s explorations. She is particularly drawn to paintings, sketches and photography. Her travels involve art as a destination guide. Liesle’s collecting started in 2013, and since then, she has included Nandipha Mntambo, Francisco Vidal, Mavis Tauzeni , Admire Kamudzengerere, Zolile Phetshane and Khaya Witbooi in her growing collection. She is a patron of many art spaces, amongst them Bag Factory Artists Studios and Black Collectors Forum.


Usha Seejarim: Artists Panel

As a conceptual artist Seejarim works primarily in sculpture, installation and public art. Her work explores notions of identity and context with a fascination for the mundane and the ordinary, often using domestic and found materials in her artmaking. She has had more than seven solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Paris, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Havana and Belgium. Seejarim has a deep commitment to social development. With a background in art education at grass roots level and a propensity for scale through public art, Usha brings these together to create large scaled participatory and community based public art projects. Usha Seejarim’s biggest honour was the opportunity to create the official portrait for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu December 2013 which she made from series of stringed seeds. Other public art commissions include ten slate stone sculptures at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, an approximate 140 000 safety pin installation called “pin code” at MTN’s head office, and two 40meter long screens at the South African Chancery in Addis Ababa. Seejarim was nominated for the prestigious Mercedes-Benz award for public art in 2008 and in 2007 a finalist in the Sasol Wax Commission. Her light-art installation ‘The Why Men’ for the Sandton Central Arts Programme in 2007/08 won the client a Business Day- Business and Arts South Africa Award for the Best Use of new Commissioned Art. In 2002 Seejarim was nominated for the FNB Vita Art Prize, and in 2001 she was the joint winner of the inaugural MTN New Contemporaries exhibition. In 2013, Seejarim was nominated for a Mbokoto award for sculpture. Her own training includes a Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Wits University (2008). B-Tech Degree in Fine Art (1999) and Diploma (1995) at University of Johannesburg (previously Technikon Witwatersrand). Seejarim is also a qualified laughter coach.


Nelson Makamo: Artists Panel

Nelson Makamo is a Johannesburg based artist. He was born in 1982, in a town called Modimolle, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Born with an astounding artistic aptitude he honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he studied print making for 3 years. Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, Netherlands, Amsterdam and Scotland. His first solo exhibition, Walk with Me, was held at the Obert Contemporary Gallery in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. His most notable group exhibition was alongside established South African artists in Ten Years of Printmaking: David Krut Print Studio in 2006. Invited artists included David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge. He currently works and lives in Johannesburg.


Lawrence Lemaoana: Walk about and artists panel

Lawrence Lemaoana lived in a small mining town of Welkom before returning to Johannesburg to continue his studies. He studied for a Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg where he received his B-Tech Degree majoring in Fine Art. He is currently reading for master’s degree at the Wits School of Art; and is a junior lecturer Visual art at UNISA’s Art History, Visual arts & Musicology Department. His has participated in several exhibitions, including Galerie des Galeris, Fondation Louis Vuitton; 1:54 African Contemporary Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK; The Art of Disruptions, IZIKO, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Art Textiles, The Whitworth, Manchester UK; Social Fabrics: African Textiles Today, William Morris Gallery, London, UK; My Joburg, Kunsthalle, Dresden, Germany; My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; Some Views of Africa, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy Me 3, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa; and many others.


Kara Blackmore: Artists Panel

Kara Blackmore is a curator, researcher and writer, based in Uganda. Her research and curatorial practice are at the intersections of art, heritage, conflict and reconciliation. She blends theory and practice to provide a rich understanding of everyday experiences of those who have been impacted by war. Kara is currently curating a research embedded series of exhibitions around The Politics of Return at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, housed in the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her recent exhibitions include: Enduring Exile: Everyday Experiences of Displaced South Sudanese Women (Uganda Museum, May-June 2017) and Weights & Measures: Portraits of Justice (Constitution Hill and Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, April 2017).