5 Things To Look Forward To at Turbine Art Fair 2016

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo

Newtown’s Turbine Hall will play host to the fourth annual Turbine Art Fair (TAF16) from 14 – 17 July. With over 50 galleries and exhibits from across South Africa all showcasing artwork priced below R40 000, it is the go-to art fair for affordable art. Here are five things to look forward to.

1. Interactive Talks Sponsored By Artinsure

The talks programme will include a selection of specialists and artists who will speak on a broad range of art-related subjects. Expect to hear from the likes of the director of the Apartheid Museum and former director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Christopher Till, director of Musée Matisse, Patrice Deparpe, artist Blessing Ngobeni and more. 

2. Fresh Produce

A selection of young artists will showcase their work as part of this emerging artist exhibition organised by visual arts non-profit organisation Assemblage, in collaboration with VANSA and TAF. The artists have been through a six-month programme involving mentors David Koloane, Anthea Moys, Usha Seejarim and Frances Goodman.

3. Emerging Painters: The Graduate Show

Curated by senior lecturer and Head of Painting at Rhodes University, Tanya Poole, this exhibition features a selection of painters drawn from the Fine Art departments of South African universities.

4. Diane Victor and Francisco Goya Presented By Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) 

In anticipation of the JAG’s November 2016 retrospective of South African artist Diane Victor’s work, JAG has decided to pay tribute to Victor’s Disasters of Peace (2001 – present) series, which will be exhibited alongside the works of 18th and 19th century Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya. 


In partnership with the SYLT FOUNDATION, which is based on the German island town of Sylt, the Turbine Art Fair awards an emerging artist with a two-month residency on the island, where they will have the luxury of space, time and artistic freedom. Upon their return, the artist also exhibits new work at the Fair. The 2015 winner, Sarah Biggs, will exhibit and a new winner will be announced for 2016.

The Turbine Art Fair runs on Thursday 14 July from 6pm – 10pm (Opening Preview Evening), on Friday 15 July and Saturday 16 July from 10am – 8pm and on Sunday 17 July from 10am until 5pm. Tickets cost R100. Weekend passes are R200 and it costs R500 for the Preview Evening. To book your tickets, visit webtickets.co.zaFor more information, visit turbineartfair.co.zafacebook.com/turbineartfair or twitter.com/turbineartfair.