A firm favourite with Joburg's next generation of art scenesters, the Turbine Art Fair (TAF) is an annual must-attend creative showcase that offers a curated selection of accessible art from both established and up-and-coming artists. Owing to its attainable pricing strategy, TAF is a bit different from other South African art fairs in that the pricing of artworks generally falls between R1 000 and R50 000, presenting savvy investors and new buyers with plenty of opportunities to extend their collections, and for new artists to thrive off this talent platform.
'The purpose of Turbine Art Fair is to develop young artists and grow the market for African art. Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) shares our vision, and this partnership will help elevate art collecting across a wider market, strengthening the greater creative economy,' says Glynis Hyslop, founder of TAF and MD of The Forum Company.
Running 12–15 July 2018, the jam-packed line-up of this all-round cultural fix brings together affordable art and other special exhibitions, heightened by artisanal food and drinks, some jazz and an informative host of interactive talks and walkabouts. 'RMB is committed to positively transforming lives through the arts and the growth of the creative economy. Through the RMB Turbine Art Fair we aim to enhance the visual arts market in an environment that is inclusive, accessible and proudly African,' says Alison Badenhorst, head of RMB corporate marketing.
VIP OPENING NIGHT COCKTAIL THURSDAY (12 July, 6pm) For a unique chance to meet and mingle with your favourite artists and curators – and to buy some pieces before the doors open to the general public the following day – the VIP opening night should be top of your radar. It affords early buying opportunities for collectors and a roaming canapé dinner and drinks menu, and only a limited number of tickets are available at R800 per person. (Tickets from webtickets only.)
LIFE FORCE: STILL LIFES OF IRMA STERN This year's highlights include a stellar selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections brought to you by Strauss & Co. Running parallel with this major Stern showcase is an additional exhibition of still lifes by tertiary level art students. The works are a response to Stern, whose work Strauss & Co has introduced and discussed during a roadshow across various institutions in Gauteng. The submitted work covers five mediums – print, painting, sculpture, ceramics and new media. The best submission to the student exhibition will be awarded a R5 000 cash prize sponsored by City Lodge, with all works being on sale.
RMB PRIVATE BANK TALKS PROGRAMME Curated by Tamzin Lovell-Miller, the annual talks programme is a powerful component of the TAF agenda. It is where ideas are shared and debated, and where inspiration can be imparted. Talks and walkabouts are free to attend and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For the full lineup of talks, times and speakers visit turbineartfair.co.za.
THE GRADUATE SHOW: HOME/LAND Curated by Musa N. Nxumalo, the graduate show returns for a fourth year and is exclusive to the RMB TAF. This exhibition features some of the best postgraduate student paintings – and this year includes photography from university art departments across South Africa.
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OPENING TIMES VIP OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, 12 July 6pm–9pm Friday, 13 July 11am–8pm Saturday, 14 July 10am–6pm Sunday, 15 July 10am– 5pm Tickets: webtickets GENERAL ADMISSION DETAILS ADULTS R100 online / R120 at the door CHILDREN R50 online U12 / R80 at the door R80 online over 12 / R100 at the door STUDENTS R80 online / R100 at the door For all information regarding exhibitors, parking, talks, walkabouts, times and more visit turbineartfair.co.za.