The Turbine Art Fair (TAF) is back this year and runs from 1 – 3 October 2021. The fair will take place physically in Johannesburg at 10 Fricker Road, Illovo, and virtually via Artsy and www.turbineartfair.co.za.
Thirty exhibitors from Southern Africa, a host of special projects, featured artists, and artisanal food and drink are a few of the things on offer for the duration of the fair.
‘We are delighted to be able to bring Turbine Art Fair back in 2021. People are hungry for experiences and to reconnect again in person. They are also hungry for good quality art and an in-person visual experience after so long. We hope to be able to cater for all this in a safe and well-controlled environment.’Glynis Hyslop, Founder of Turbine Art Fair. ‘
Attend the talks programme from home
A virtual Talks Programme will take place alongside the fair and will also be available on the website. Topics range from the art of collecting, to the recent trends in Pan-African art, and the impact of Covid-19 on galleries in South Africa.
‘The TAF Talks programme will offer visitors to the Fair an opportunity to learn and engage across a wide variety of issues and topics pertaining to the art ecosystem in South Africa and globally. There really is something for everyone,’ says Gail Bosch, ITOO Artinsure. The talks programme is free but will require pre-registration via the TAF website.
Special projects at this year’s TAF
TAF Unearthed: TAF Unearthed, a creative mentorship programme. Formerly known as the annual Fresh Produce & Talent Unlocked artist mentorship programme, TAF has enhanced and innovated the structure of its mentorship to address the needs of artists and prepare and propel them through uncertainty. The 2021 artists will be mentored by Nkhensani Rihlampfu and Thembi Matroshe. The group exhibition will be curated by Thembi Matroshe. Selected artists are: Angel Valerio, Ayesha Mukadam, Fumani Khumalo, Imaan Latif, Isabeau Joubert, James Thomas, Jennifer Zaharieva, Navel Seakamela, Sizani Baloyi and Tshepo Moloi.
TAF Off the Grid: Curated by Karel Nel, Off the Grid is a new feature exhibition in the TAF Special Projects programme which will highlight four mid-career South African artists. Each artist will present a capsule solo exhibition of their work at the fair. Aimed at supporting the careers of artists, this exhibition provides an opportunity to highlight artists outside of the main gallery circuit, to re-introduce them to the market and give them a platform to sustain their practice. Exhibiting artists are: Christelle Viviers, Collen Maswanganyi, Derrick Nxumalo and Joni Brenner. This exhibition is insured and supported by ITOO Artinsure and the forum company.
SCULPT: an exhibition showcasing a selection of contemporary site-specific sculptural works by artists from Southern Africa, from TAF’s exhibitor list and artists not represented by galleries.
SUBLIME – Immersive Multimedia Experiences: Inspired by PACE Gallery’s SUPERBLUE projects, TAF will showcase one immersive multimedia art. TAF aims to provide South African artists an opportunity to push the boundaries of their practice by creating an immersive art experience never before experienced in SA and change the way people understand and engage with art.
The Graduate Show: The Graduate Show is an exhibition of a selection of exceptional art students currently in their 4th/final year visual art studies or graduating master students. The 2021 Graduate Show will be curated by Simangaliso Sibiya and mentor Tammy Langtry.
Tickets available via the TAF website.