Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, has partnered Turbine Art Fair as the headline sponsor.
The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a unique South African arts festival that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works in the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Turbine Art Fair is the epicentre of emerging African art, championing established and new talent in an accessible environment. RMB promotes access to the arts by supporting and exposing emerging artists and attracting diverse audiences, together with existing and new collectors. “RMB is committed to positively transforming lives through the arts and the growth of the creative economy. Through the RMB Turbine Art Fair we aim to enhance the visual arts market in an environment that is inclusive, accessible and proudly African”, says Alison Badenhorst, Head of RMB Corporate Marketing.
The purpose of Turbine Art Fair is to develop young artists and grow the market for African art. RMB shares our vision and this partnership will help to elevate art collecting across a wider market, strengthening the greater creative economy. Since its inception in 2013, audiences of all backgrounds have been delighted by TAF’s celebration of creativity and have come to anticipate the Fair’s exciting interpretation of visual art, music, and food. We aim to educate, entertain and sell – to inspire!
Glynis Hyslop | Founder of Turbine Art Fair and MD of The Forum Company.
The RMB Turbine Art Fair is an all encompassing cultural experience for visitors, with artisanal food and beverages, vibrant music and an interactive Talks Programme. It differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy. The selling price of art works generally falls between R1000 and R50 000, which presents opportunities to savvy investors and new buyers to extend their collections easily, and for new artists to thrive off this talent platform.
Galleries representing established and emerging artists, art organisations and original projects, present their efforts side by side, creating a synergy that is infectious to all who visit.
Badenhorst concludes, “The business philosophy core to RMB’s 40-year history of success is ‘Traditional values. Innovative Ideas’. The visual arts both capture and communicate powerfully across this spectrum, reflecting the spirit of the time and fueling socio/economic and political discussion that may otherwise remain unheard. It is refreshing to see artists who, through their works, influence robust discussion, action or reaction, because of the relative permanence of their pieces in individual or corporate collections.”
Turbine Art Fair will present a series of special projects for visitors to view during the 2018 Fair. The Projects include an interactive Talks Progamme, daily walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals as well as well known artists.
“Is there still life? The work of Irma Stern” by Strauss & Co
In line with the dual mission of the RMB Turbine Art Fair to promote emerging artists and encourage art collecting, Strauss & Co has embarked on a series of exhibitions by prominent South African artists to show budding art collectors what they can achieve if they select their art wisely.
In 2017 Strauss & Co mounted an exhibition of a single owner collection of Pierneef landscapes. The owner purchased his first Pierneef linocut when he was 13 years old and has since amassed one of the finest collections of Pierneef landscapes in the country.
This year at RMB Turbine Art Fair, in an exhibition featuring a selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections titled Is there Still Life? Some Irma Stern Still Lifes, Strauss & Co expands on the notion of the ideal collector and what he/she can achieve in a lifetime of collecting.
One collector recalls, as a young girl, looking at a still life strategically hung by her mother in the dining room at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This painting is now in her own collection.
Not only is Irma Stern the bestselling artist on the secondary market, and specifically at Strauss & Co, but her still lifes serve as inspiration for a group of young contemporary artists as well. Strauss & Co has launched a competition among scholars at tertiary art schools in Gauteng to submit a still life in a medium of their choice. These works will be exhibited alongside the Sterns and will be on sale.
Installations have always been an exciting part of the RMB Turbine Art Fair, this year we have engaged curator Tamzin Lovell Miller, who has been involved with the fair since its inception as the director of participating galleries, Lovell (Cape Town), and later Sulger-Buel Lovell (London). This year, not hosting a booth, but as installations curator she brings a new vision to the Fair, specifically she’s asking the question “who are we after this “Post-Truth” time has shaped us? Pulling together artworks that range from the finely crafted to the augmented virtual, and the interactive physical and digital, this year’s installations are experiences set to intrigue and inspire audiences of the Fair, and leave them with some extraordinary new ideas.
Graduate Show – Home/Land
This exhibition returns for a 4th year and is curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair. This exhibition features some of the best post-graduate painting and in 2018 the inclusuon of photograoy from the arts departments across South Africa. The 2018 exhibitiona will be curated by Musa N. Nxumalo. “We are interested in exploring how graduate artists regenerate the idea of home, land, space and identity. How their work imagination/speaks to hopes, fears and dreams regarding this subject. We are looking for graduate artists that work with the medium of photography as well as painting to explore the reality, fantasy and abstract ideas relating to home, land and Identity,” says Nxumalo
Talent Unlocked by RMB
Assemblage, in collaboration with VANSA and RMB Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated a six month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The objective of this comprehensive programme is to provide the selected participants with support and guidance to develop their work and, very importantly, with tools to sustain their art career once the programme is completed.
Mentors and participating artists:
Artists: Vanessa Tembane, Theko Boshomane, Sharon Moses, Selwyn Steyn, Ofentse Seshabela, Nathi Khumalo, Mncedi Madolo, Mignon Modema Mayhew, Marguerite Visser Sanders, Lusanda Ndita, Loreal Vos, Lebogang Mabusela, Keneilwe Mokoena, Jessica Le Roux, Henrietta Elizabeth Scholtz, Andre du Toit & Tamara Langwe, Xoliswa Ngwenya, Zandri Oosthuysen
Mentors: Koulla Xinisteris, Murray Turpin, Lara Koseff, and Lawrence Lemaoana
R100 online / R120 at the door
R200 online / R250 at the door Weekend pass (Fri, Sat & Sun)
R50 online u/12 / R80 door
R80 online over 12 / R100 door
R80 online / R100 at the door
For safety and convenience, TURBINE ART FAIR 2018 will be a completely cashless environment.