The sixth edition of the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Turbine Art Fair will be held at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg from 12-15 July 2018. The fair gathers galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works.
This year’s fair will present a series of special projects for visitors to view, these include the RMB Private Bank talks programme. This daily programme includes walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals, and well-known artists. These free walkabouts also include age-appropriate options aimed at helping children understand art and sharing a vocabulary that equips them to appreciate and describe it.
“Our investment in the RMB Private Bank talks programme helps to bring art to life and offers both our clients and all fair attendees the chance to mindfully explore the way in which art moulds, builds, and contributes towards our creative economy. Investing in art starts with the investment in the youthful talent that creates the art. Artists as a collective, are some of our greatest assets in building our future design thinkers. The talks and walkabout programme is titled Think and offers a perspective on various artists’ processes, following through to their end result – often contributing positively towards solutions to worldly problems, that may transform our homes, be viewed in galleries or become proud and public South African landmarks,” says Eric Enslin, Private Bank CEO.
An exhibition featuring a selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections titled Is there Still Life? The Work of Irma Stern will be presented by Strauss & Co. A competition among students at tertiary art schools in Gauteng has been created for artists to submit a still life in a medium of their choice and a selection of the best works will be exhibited at RMB Turbine Art Fair alongside the Stern showcase.
This landscape. This landscape! The Quintessential Metaphor For Life by David Koloane, in collaboration with LL Editions and curated by Ruzy Rusik, is to celebrate 80 years of artist David Koloane. “In all life of South African art, especially in the black community, none has ever celebrated our own. Therefore it is time that we celebrate ntate Koloane as he was taught how to paint but expressed himself through the medium of printing,” says Joe Legate, LL Editions.
Installations have always been a part of the RMB Turbine Art Fair. Curator Tamzin Lovell-Miller asks the question who are we after this "Post-Truth” time has shaped us? Pulling together artworks that range from the finely crafted to the augmented virtual and the interactive physical and digital.
The graduate exhibition returns for a fourth year. This exhibition features some of the best postgraduate paintings and in 2018 the inclusion of photography from university art departments across South Africa. The 2018 exhibition will be curated by Musa N. Nxumalo.
RMB Talent Unlocked partnered by Rand Merchant Bank has funded a six-month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists, that integrates practical art-making, focusing on process and conceptual development, and professional practice training in collaboration with Assemblage and VANSA. This exhibition of emerging artists will be curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi.
“The RMB Turbine Art Fair has something for everyone: established collectors looking to discover young talent or find a small gem by a well-known artist, aspiring and emerging collectors who want to expand their knowledge about collecting in a warm and welcoming environment, as well as finding affordable, good quality contemporary South African art they can trust,” concludes Glynis Hyslop, founder of Turbine Art Fair and MD of The Forum Company.