What you can expect at Turbine Art Fair 2016 #TAF16 @theforumcompany

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The Turbine Art Fair  (TAF16) brought to you by The Forum Company, returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown for a 4th year from 14th – 17th July 2016.

TAF16 aims to promote new work and talent and to create a new art audience and collector base. Exhibitors whether galleries, collectives or dealers have been invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000.00.

“Turbine Art Fair has certainly made it mark as one of the must attend art fairs annually. Over 50 galleries and exhibits from across South Africa will be showcasing the finest contemporary and emerging African talent,” says Glynis Hyslop Managing Director of The Forum Company, the go–to company in Johannesburg for upmarket, stylish and sophisticated events, including conferences and weddings. The Forum Company is the main sponsor and organizer of TAF16.

Visitors will also be able to take part in the free daily, interactive Talk’s Programme sponsored by Artinsure.  “Our Talks programme is always a highlight for those attending the Fair as it gives our visitors an opportunity to learn more about the art world in South Africa, meet some of the great influencers in the world of art, collecting and design as well as some of the respected artists we have in south Africa and at Turbine Art Fair ” adds Glynis Hyslop.

A highlight of TAF16 will be an exciting showcase by the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG).  The exhibit will show renowned artist Diane Victor alongside Francisco Goya. “Goya’s Los Caprichos series echoes Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace very well in that they are both social commentary on their contemporary socio-political situations” says curator Musha Neluheni.

 Other highlights at TAF16 include: Winner of the TASA award for 2015, Sarah Biggs will be have her own exhibition and showing work inspired by her residency on Sylt Island.

A series of interesting art installations will be showcased around the venue.  These installations will be curated by Suzie Copperthwaite and will showcase some of the exciting talent we have in the art form of installations in South Africa and become major talking points at TAF16.

 TAF16 will also see the return of the exciting Fresh Produce Exhibition sponsor by RMB and the Emerging Painters: The Graduate Show (see below for details of each exhibition and curators behind them).

 “Turbine Art Fair is not just an art fair but a lifestyle event!  A fabulous showcase of the talent we have in South Africa and a great way to start collecting art in a unique and un-daunting way bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof.  Enjoy great food by The Forum Company, live music, a live broadcast by media partner Kaya FM on Saturday and the chance to meet new and interesting people. Children can enjoy an art and play area hosted by Staedtler. All in all a great day out in Jozi for the whole family!” adds Glynis Hyslop.



Thursday 14th July: 18h00 – 22h00 Opening Preview Evening 

Friday 15th July: 10:00 – 20:00 Public, Pensioners, Scholars & Students.

Saturday 16th July: 10:00 –18:00

Sunday 17th July: 10:00 –17:00


Ticket Costs: R100

Weekend passes: R200

Preview Evening: R500





“Artinsure is delighted to be in partnership with the Turbine Art Fair for the second year running in sponsoring the Talks Programme as well as co-sponsor of the JAG exhibition. The 2016 Talks Programme will offer art lovers an insight into a broad range of art related subjects which will be presented by select specialists and artists. This association strengthens and reinforces Artinsure’s position as the leader in art insurance” says Gordon Massie MD Artinsure.  


This year’s exhibiting artists for the Fresh Produce Exhibition are a larger group compared to the TAF15 showcase. The showcase is aimed creating an opportunity for the selected artists, young and emerging, to participate and showcase at a global stage. 

Assemblage in collaboration with VANSA and Turbine Art Fair will be running a 6 month intensive workshop programme that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The aim is to provide the artists with a comprehensive programme that encompasses the necessary tools to help build and sustain a career in the industry. The ultimate outcome is to strengthen the artists work as a whole by providing those who participate not only a guide through the development of their work but very importantly the tools in order to put their career into action within the industry. 

The preparations for the exhibition began in February 2016 with artists signing up for the ‘Artists Career Development Course’ facilitated by Assemblage, in Newtown.  The course is guided by a mentorship programme involving mentors David Koloane, Anthea Moys, Usha Seejarim and Frances Goodman who will assist in overseeing their development of the artists final work for the Turbine Art Fair, as well as to encourage the artists growth with regards to professional practice.

Artists to be featured in the Fresh Produce Exhibition include:

Lloyd Maluleke

Azael Langa

Sifiso Temba

Tshepiso Mazibuko

Nkosinathi Quwe

Mduduzi Twala

Sakhile Cebekhulu

Kelebogile Masilo

Mandlenkosi Mavengere

Kgomotso Neto

Bukhosi Nyathi

Rendani Nemakhavhani

Zanele Mashinini

Sibusiso Bheka

Lindokuhle Sobekwa

Lindo Zwane

Bokang Menkoe


About the Curator:

Rolihlahla Mhlanga is a curator based in the South West Township (SOWETO), of Johannesburg. Mhlanga is the Co – Director of Eyethu Gallery which was established in 2014. Eyethu Gallery has seen to the successful mounting of 4 commercial exhibitions, all of which were curated by Mhlanga.  Eyethu Gallery has been host to the Joburg Photo Umbrella during the SA-UK Season 2014-15 by ConnectZA. Art Week Joburg opening from the premises of Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. Under the auspices of the program, Art Week Joburg 2015, supported Eyethu Gallery’s first inclusion into the FNB Joburg Art Fair in September 2015.



This exhibition returns for a second year after a sell-out success at TAF15 and is curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair and performs the role of both following the progress of some of the artists who featured in Emerging Painters 2015 (curated by Hentie van de Merwe) and showcasing new emerging artists.  These artists are drawn from the Fine Art Departments of South African universities and are either currently engaged in painting practice as students or are recent graduates.

With the current international resurgence of interest in painting as well as the focus of the art world on contemporary African artists, this is a particularly dynamic and vital time for emerging painters in South and Southern Africa, and this exhibition attempts to track some of the conceptual concerns and aesthetic trajectories apparent in the practice right now.

For new collectors, this is an ideal opportunity to invest in this future generation of painters.


About the curator:

Tanya Poole is an artist and Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Painting Section at the Fine Art Department of Rhodes University. She was born in Canada and grew up in Bahrain, the UK and South Africa. She graduated with an MFA from Rhodes University in 1998. In 2015, she was awarded the Rhodes University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Poole has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, in group and solo shows. Her most recent solo exhibition was Thozama and Rose, installed in Galerie M Bochum in Germany in 2015/16 and her most recent group exhibition was U/Tropia, curated by Brent Meistre and Daniel Ebner at the Vienna Art Fair (Wien Festwochen) in Austria in 2015. In 2005, she won the Brett Kebble Art Award, the most prestigious award of its kind in South Africa at the time. She lives in Grahamstown, South Africa, with her husband Nigel Mullins and their daughter, Sophie and is currently on residency in Indonesia.


 Following on from the enormous success of the JAG’s (Johannesburg Art Gallery) collection of Multiples exhibition at TAF15, we are delighted to announce that this year’s exhibition will  showcase a juxtaposition of the works of  Francisco Goya and Diane Victor, one of South Africa’s most respected contemporary artists. 

In anticipation of Diane Victor’s retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in November 2016, JAG has decided to pay tribute to Victor’s Disasters of Peace series (2001 – present) in an exhibition that situates them with a selection of works from Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos (1797-1798). Victor’s Disasters of Peace can be said to draw inspiration from Goya’s Disasters of War series (1810 – 1820), but there are also many correlations between this body of work and Los Caprichos.

Los Caprichos explores the socio-political landscape of Spain at the time and Goya takes a satirical -albeit – dark look at the grim everyday reality of Spain and the lives of its people. In the same way, Victor explores the everyday, painfully documented, often traumatic, events of post-Apartheid South Africa. The ongoing Disasters of Peace series seeks to explore various legacies left by Apartheid as well as the current social and political climate in South Africa.

Although created centuries (and continents) apart, these bodies of work speak to each other on a level that shows whilst times may have changed, societies today are still shaped by the same trials and indeed, artists are still grappling with these issues.


Strauss & Co

“The Turbine Art Fair presents a wonderful opportunity for Strauss & Co to showcase a selection of works from its online-only auction, which will run from 8-18 July 2016. The auction will include a wide variety of works, largely by South Africa’s most loved modern and contemporary artists, at accessible prices. The popularity of online auctions has grown exponentially worldwide, and they are an excellent opportunity for new and emerging collectors to start building a collection, but are growing in popularity among seasoned collectors too. The Turbine Art Fair is the perfect forum for art enthusiasts to see some of the works from Strauss & Co’s online-only auction in the flesh”  says Susie Goodman, General manager (JHB), Strauss & Co.  Strauss & Co will also be responsible for valuating the exciting JAG exhibition.


About Artinsure

Artinsure was established in 2007 to provide collectors of art, antiques, collectables – and other appreciating assets – with specialist insurance protection. Our long-standing love of, and support for, the arts – in all its forms – is fused with our expertise in valuation-based insurance, enabling us to understand the unique relationship between collectors and their precious works and offer them competitive risk solutions that are as relevant as they are creative. 



The Turbine Art Fair is delighted to partner with the SYLT FOUNDATION’S generous residency project, which allows an artist the luxury of space, time and artistic freedom.

Sarah Biggs was awarded the 2015 TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award (TASA).  This Residency is awarded annually to an emerging artist living in South Africa as part of Turbine Art Fair and the Sylt Foundation’s Residency Programme.

The TASA 2016 prize will be officially presented during the Turbine Art Fair.

“The TASA award has found its place within the landscape of the South African contemporary arts. I am really excited that this year’s winner Sarah Biggs will have the chance to engage with the delicate nature of the island through her art and am sure she will profit from the time on Sylt”, says Indra Wussow.

Galleries Exhibiting at TAF16


Art First

Art in the Forest

Art Source South Africa

Artist Proof Studio

ArtVault Gallery

Bag Factory Artists

Barnard Firsts

BLAQUE INQ Contemporaries

Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery

Carol Lee Fine Art

David Krut Projects

Dawid Ras

Dead Bunny Society

DF Contemporary

EBONY/ Curated

Erdman Gallery

Gallery 2

Guns & Rain


Intoto Gallery

Kalashnikovv Gallery

Living Arts Emporium 

Lizamore & Associates

LL EDITIONS Fine Art Printmaking Studio

Luvey ‘n Rose

MK & Artist

Mzansi Gallery

No End Contemporary Art Space


PPC Imaginairum

Res Gallery

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

Strauss Online

Sulger-Buel Lovell

Sylt – TASA

The Artist Press

The Art Room

Warren Editions

World Art


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