03 Jul The Turbine Art Fair 2014 | Accessible and Affordable Art
The Turbine Art Fair 2014 returns to the Turbine Hall in Newtown from the 17th – 20th July 2014. Now in its second year, the TAF is an emerging contemporary art fair that aims to make art more accessible to a wider audience through affordably priced artworks ranging from R1000 – R30 000. Well-known galleries will once again exhibit and feature artworks by both recognized and emerging artists with an emphasis on new work as well as the importance of quality and innovation.
The theme for this year’s TAF is Emerge, derived from the history and transformation of the Newtown precinct, which over the years has gone from market to slum to economic centre to creative hub; all representative of broader Johannesburg.
This theme is also the starting point for the Emerge group exhibition curated by Assemblage and supported by RMB, which will showcase artworks by predominantly unknown and emerging artists who have produced engaging and excellent work, and who are in need of platforms and exposure.
Another exciting part of the TAF is the talks programme, hosted Usha Seejarim. A cross-section of industry professionals will share their expert knowledge of the art world and art market in interactive talks that are educational and specifically aimed at first-time buyers. These may sound like a bore, but are in fact infinitely informative.
This year’s TAF featured artists is Nathaniel Stern, whose work is concerned with the performative nature of meaning–making. For TAF ’14, he will present his Rippling Image installation, in which a sub-aqueous scanning system was used to produce images whilst scuba diving on a live coral reef. The result is a folding of time and space into the printed page, but also the impacts of water and land, life and non-life, that are performed with every day.
In addition to all of this, there will also be children’s hosted walkabouts, the AngloGold Ashanti auDITIONS gold jewellery exhibition, a larger general exhibition as well as installation, video and performance art component, and engagement with the broader Newtown area through cultural tours and hospitality.
Thursday 17th July: Opening Preview Evening 18h00 – 22h00 – R300 per person. Pre-booking only
Friday 18th July: 10:00 – 20:00 Pensioners, Scholars & Students – R30 and general admission
Saturday 19th July: 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 20th July: 10:00 – 17:00
General admission tickets for The Turbine Art Fair can be bought online for R55 before the 1st July 2014, thereafter at the door for R75 per person.