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Turbine Art Fair

Jun 27, 2019 | Featured, REAL|People

We single the highlights of the RMB Turbine Art Fair that shine a spotlight on unsung or emerging artists

Always a highlight on the creative calendar, the RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF), is now in its 7th year. Bringing galleries, artists and art lovers under one roof with the goal of exposing up and coming talent to the market, enabling first-time buyers and smart investors to acquire accessibly priced works (the selling price generally falls between R1 000 and R50 000), and faciliating an ongong dialogue about art, it’s a unique event in the industry.

The fair includes various related activities aside from the exhibition features on show – from a talks series, to special projects, masterclasses and entertainment. We single out some of the not-to-be-missed highlights for this year’s show, with a focus on growing the young and emerging artists sector.

The event will be held from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July at its new location, 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo.

RMB Talent Unlocked 

An emerging artist and curator mentorship program, RMB Talent Unlocked started in 2014 under the name Fresh Produce. Assemblage, in collaboration with Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and  RMB Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated a six-month intensive workshop programme funded by RMB for emerging artists that integrates practical art-making with professional practice training. The objective of this programme is to provide the selected participants with support and guidance to develop their work and tools to sustain their career once the programme is completed. Appropriate industry professionals are carefully selected to facilitate each workshop, and share their knowledge and experience. The programme culminates with a curated booth by Fulufhelo Mobadi at the RMB Turbine Art Fair.

The Graduate Exhibition curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with Maja Marx

This feature returns for a 5th year and draws huge attention from those who attend the Fair. Visitors can expect to see the work of graduates who have been handpicked from across South Africa. The Graduate Show presents a great opportunity to buy and start collecting work by artists who are at the beginning of their careers.

Dumisani Mabaso benefit exhibition 

As an artist and printmaker, Dumisani’s life and work is inextricably linked to the history of South African Art –  he was introduced to printmaking by his father who worked at a printing press and took his first art classes at the age of 13. Fortunate to have trained at the Rorkes Drift Art Centre in KwaZulu Natal (when access to fine arts was largely inaccesible to black communities) he learnt weaving skills and printmaking and went on to teach and work at the Johannesburg Art foundation. This retrospective aims to give exposure to Mabaso’s talent and pay homage to the role he’s played.

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