Turbine Art Fair 2022 Is Going Underground

Turbine Art Fair (TAF) brings together galleries, artists and curators from around the country to present and sell contemporary art. The fair has become the epicentre of emerging art in Southern Africa, championing established and new talent in an accessible and inclusive environment.

Founded in 2013 by The Forum Company, it is the first accessible and affordable South African art fair aimed at small scale and emerging galleries as well as emerging artists and collectors working toward growing the market for South African Contemporary art.

“We have always endeavoured to create a unique and relaxed environment for contemporary art to be showcased and experienced. We have and continue to push the boundaries for how Southern African art is presented and engaged with and 2022 will be no different. Visitors can expect a fresh, bold and edgy art fair at one of Joni’s newest hotspots, a stone’s throw away from the art hub of the city – Rosebank. Watch this space for more details and the big venue reveal”, says Glynis Hyslop, Founder of TAF.

The 2022 fair, and its locations will play with themes and conventionality while exploring how far or ‘deep’ one can go to exhibit art. This playful, edgy and modern take on a fair will surely excite any and all lovers of art as we curate an undoubtedly unique experience that will surely make a mark on Joburg’s social and cultural calendars.

Each year TAF showcases a series of special projects which are a huge drawcard for visitors to the fair.

TAF Unearthed: developed by Turbine art Fair, this is a 6 month mentorship programme for 10 emerging artists which covers the business of art and art mentorship and culminates in a curated group exhibition of their work. The 2022 selected artists are: Aneesah Girie, Danna Margo, Gemma Shepherd, Lambi Chibambo, Lerato Ntili, Natali Downing, Pholile Hlongwane, Themba Given Msiza, Tshegofatso Tlatsi and Tumelo Mtklu. The artists will be mentored by Teboho Ralesai.

TAF off the Grid: Curated by Maja Marx in 2022, TAF Off The Grid is dedicated to mid-career artists outside of the main gallery circuit in an effort to support and sustain their careers.

TAF Talent: This is the graduate show: a curated exhibition of the top talent from the graduating and masters classes of the SA universities. The project will be curated by Michaela Limberis and assisted by Siwa Mgoboza.

TAF Talks and Walkabouts: Visitors to the fair can take part in a curated selection of talks aimed at educating developing art audience and will include insights and interviews with artists and curators. The talks will take place at the fair and virtually and are free to visitors attending TAF 2022. Walkabouts will take place daily with artists, curators and key people in the art arena of South Africa.

TAF Capsule: This year TAF will be showcasing a featured artwork by renowned artist, Pat Mautloa, recognised as one of the pioneers of modernist painting in South Africa. Mautlao will be showing large scale work that is broken up in multiple smaller pieces, all to be sold separately. This will allow young collectors to experience how it feels to own a piece of art, literally without owning the whole piece. Highlighting on of the goals of TAF – making art collecting accessible to young collectors. This special project is aimed at considering what it may be like to rethink the conventional approach to investing, democratising the art investment world which is often only accessible to the few people who can afford it.

“We are delighted to welcome back many of our longstanding galleries who have supported us throughout the years as well as a host of new and exciting ones into the mix this year. With the help of our esteemed selection panel, we believe that we have a really exciting line-up for visitors to TAF 22 with 34 exhibitors and 5 special projects featuring work across all artistic mediums such as a prints, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and so much more. There is really something for everyone”, adds Hyslop.

Dates: 21-24 July 2022

Venue: TBA June 2022

Tickets: R150 online or R180 at the door. Weekend pass R300 (Fri-Sun). VIP First Access Thurs 10am-4pm R500 (incl. coffee and cake). VIP Cocktail Thurs 6pm R800 (incl. food and drinks).

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