Why you have to go to TAF15

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF15) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown for a third year from 16 to 19 July 2015.

TAF15 is a platform for galleries, curators and other art organisations to promote emerging and established talents in an accessible and enjoyable way. In doing this TAF aims to promote new work and talent and to create a new art audience and collector base. 

Exhibitors whether galleries, collectives or dealers have been invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000.00. Individual artists are able to participate either as part of a collective or by applying for one of the special projects. TAF15 is a notable event and all applications have been carefully considered to ensure compliance with the core values TAF15 and its organisers.

‘Visitors to TAF15 can expect to see over 50 galleries and exhibits showcasing the best contemporary and emerging African talent. TAF is not just an art fair! Visitors to the fair can expect live music daily, artisan food and drink, books and publications, children’s programme and much more!’ says Glynis Hyslop Managing Director of The Forum Company, the main sponsor and organiser of TAF15.

Visitors will also be able to take part in the daily talk’s programme, which will be interactive with influential speakers in the world of art, collecting design.

STAEDTLER will again host TAF’s children’s area, allowing young budding ‘artists’ to be creative whilst their parents enjoy the TAF.

Turbine Art Fair together with VANSA host Fresh Produce 2015. Curator Zanele Mashumi will be selecting work by young artists from around South Africa, to be exhibited as part of the Fresh Produce Exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair, which will take place in July 2015. Young artists selected will also participate in professional education and mentoring facilitated by Assemblage.

The Graduate Show is an exhibition curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair 2015 and features some of the best post-graduate painting from fine arts departments across South Africa. The following departments are being represented: Michaelis Art School (UCT), Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and Wits School of Arts (WSOA). This will be the first time since 1988 that a graduate exhibition has been done.

There is currently a resurgence in painting as the medium of choice in art schools across the country with some of the most interesting and engaging works produced in this medium on both graduate and post-graduate level. This exhibition is an attempt to track this current phenomenon in South African art departments.

This is an exhibition of young emerging painters whose work is mature and powerful and with a promising career ahead of them – the perfect moment to invest in promising young artist’s work at an affordable price.

Following on the success of many years of engagement with South Africa and South African artists, the Sylt Foundation has sought to extend its residency programme by enabling emerging artists who will go through a selection process to be awarded this unique opportunity.

This exciting new residency programme is a collaboration with the Turbine Art Fair (TAF) and is granted once a year to an emerging artist exhibiting at TAF. Galleries are invited to present their selected emerging artists for possible selection to the TASA selection panel.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery together with TAF15 are in talks with one another to establish an extensive multiples exhibition supported by Strauss & Co and ArtInsure (TBC). More information to follow shortly.

‘Turbine Art fair is not just an art fair, but a lifestyle event! A fabulous showcase of the talent we have in South Africa and a great way to start collecting art in a unique and un-daunting way bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof. Enjoy great food, live music and meet new and interesting people. All in all a great day out in Jozi!’ adds Glynis Hyslop.

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