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Opportunity for emerging artists

The Turbine Art Fair – together with VANSA and Assemblage – host Fresh Produce 2017. Curated by Rolihlahla Mhlanga, the Fresh Produce Exhibition has made an open call for submissions targeted at young artists from Gauteng. The shortlisted candidates will be granted the opportunity to have their art exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair, which takes place in July 2017.

Assemblage will be running a 6-month intensive Peer Mentoring programme that integrates practical art-making (which focuses on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The aim is to provide the artists with a comprehensive programme that encompasses the necessary tools to help them build and sustain a career in the industry. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the artist’s work as a whole by providing the participants with not only a guide through the development of their work, but most importantly the tools that put their career into action within the industry.

The details

A shortlist of portfolios/artists will be drawn from the entries.
Email submissions to:
If you are unclear on how to produce a PDF portfolio please email for assistance.

Please note: deadline for online submissions is 30 January 2017 at midnight.


  • Submit a PDF portfolio of your work – at least two bodies of your work.
  • The PDF should be no more than 10MB in total.
  • The PDF should include a short artists statement.
  • Artists should not have had a solo show and not be represented by a gallery.
  • Artists should be under the age of 35.
  • Artists should have been practicing for minimum 2 years and present at least 2 bodies of work for review
  • Artists should be available for a portfolio review between 13 and 17 February.
  • Artists must commit to attend all peer mentoring sessions from February – July 2016. Artists must be open to critique of their work during Peer Mentoring.
  • The first Peer Mentoring Session will be held on 25 February 2016.

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