Turbine Art Fair 2022: What to Expect

COMPILED BY Gina Dionisio

South Africa’s first accessible art fair is heading underground to Oxford Parks from 21-24 July 2022 for its 10th edition. 

Founded in 2013 by The Forum Company, TAF sought to grow the market for South African Contemporary art and is today responsible for a unique annual gathering of galleries, artists and curators from around the country. 

The 2022 fair and its location will play with themes of conventionality while exploring how far or ‘deep’ one can go to exhibit art. TAF 22 will be showcasing 34 exhibitors and 5 special projects featuring work across all artistic mediums such as prints and multiples, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and so much more. Here’s what you can expect:

TAF Talks

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. Check out the talk line-up, here: turbineartfair.co.za

TAF Capsule

This year TAF will be showcasing a featured artwork by renowned artist, Pat Mautloa, recognised 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, democratising the art investment world which is often only accessible to the few people who can afford it.

READ MORE: Local Art Exhibitions: What to See in 2022

TAF Unearthed

Turbine Art Fair
Tumelo Mtimkhulu

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 Mtimkhulu

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. 

TAF Talent

Turbine Art Fair
Luca Evans

This is the graduate show: a curated exhibition of the top talent from the graduating and Masters classes of the SA universities. 

To view the full line up of galleries exhibiting at TAF 22 and to purchase tickets, visit turbineartfair.co.za.

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