Expect Fresh Food, Bold Art & An Edgy Location At TAF July

South Africa’s first accessible art fair is heading underground to Oxford Parks from 21 – 24 July 2022 for its 10th edition. Turbine Art Fair (TAF) brings together galleries, artists and curators from around the country to present and sell contemporary art. The 2022 fair and its location will play with themes of 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 lovers of art as we curate an undoubtedly unique experience that will make a mark on Joburg’s social and cultural calendars.  

“We are delighted to announce Oxford Parks as our venue for our 10th edition of TAF.  It’s definitely a hotspot in Jozi right now and a stones-throw from the art hub of Rosebank.   TAF will continue to push boundaries in 2022 but also continue to make the fair appeal to both the seasoned art collector and those wanting to start the art collecting journey.  There is something for everyone” says Glynis Hyslop, Founder Turbine Art Fair. 

For those wanting to learn or engage with creatives, experts and art lovers the TAF Talks will run daily 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.  Watch the TAF website and social media for times and the full list of exciting speakers. 

Friday 22 July 2022

  • Into the Metaverse – understanding the world of NFTS and what it means to invest in culture through the virtual. 
  • Art as practice – building a career in the arts.
  • Biennales Fairs & Production – understanding the cultural landscape through major events and festival.

Saturday 23 July 2022

  • More than a flag pole -Solutions for owning SA’s cultural future.
  • Fashion, Photography & art –  intersecting knowledge, culture and creativity.
  • Collecting with purpose – starting and building your collection through passion, purpose and affordability.
  • Off the Grid – Finding space for the misrepresented. 

Sunday 24 July 2022

  • The Alchemy of colour – Understanding colour in art.
  • Johannesburg a melting pot of cultural hubs
  • Portraiture vs Abstraction – understanding the trends, thematics and stylization of portraiture and abstract work/painting

Walkabouts of the fair will be conducted daily using wireless headsets with experts and art lovers.  There are spaces for 20 people per walkabout.  Booking of a first come first serve basis will be available on the website.

See and be seen at the TAF Events.  Cocktails and previews are back again in 2022.  Visitors who want to have first access to the Fair have two options for tickets.

Thursday 21 July from 10 – 4.  Tickets R500 (incl. Coffee & Cake) – visitors can enjoy the Fair, see the art and meet the gallerists ahead of the official opening.

The TAF VIP Cocktail opening has always been a highlight on the social calendar.  Guests will enjoy drinks and snacks whilst they view the art and soak up the atmosphere that is uniquely TAF.  The VIP Cocktail takes place on Thursday 21st July from 6pm: R800 (early bird special incl. Food & drinks).

This year TAF will be launching the TAF Shop – a  curated gift shop during the fair; celebrating local businesses, craft, and styles. For this project we will be working with local brands to collaboratively produce select products both using the TAF branding as well as the work of the artists participating in our special projects. These products will then be sold at our shop at the fair and then exclusively on our website and via our social media channels.

TAF 22 will be showcasing 34 exhibitors and 5 special projects featuring work across all artistic mediums such a prints and multiples, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and so much more.  The special project include: 

TAF Capsule:  This year TAF will be showcasing a featured artwork by renowned artist, Pat Mautloa, recognized as one of the pioneers of modernist painting in South Africa. Mautloa 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 one 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, democratizing the art investment world which is often only accessible to the few people who can afford it 

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.  TAF Unearthed is proudly funded by the NAC. 

The 2022 selected artists are:  Aneesah Girie, Danna Margo, Gemma Sheppard, Lambi Chibambo, Lerato Ntili, Natali Downing, Pholile Hlongwane, Themba Given Msiza, Tshegofatso Tlatsi & 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. The exhibition is titled: ‘A Pebble in the Mouth’ and the following artist will be taking part:  Jeanne Hoffman, Yonela Makoba, Dominique Edwards, Bella Knemeyer and Sivan Zeffertt

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. 

To view the full lineup of galleries exhibiting at TAF22 visit: www.turbineartfair.co.za

Tickets:            R150 online or R180 at the door.  

                         Weekend Pass:   R300 (Fri- Sun)

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