11 Unforgettable Moments, from 11 Years Of Turbine Art Fair.

Turbine Art Fair has come a long way from its first fair in 2013 at Turbine Hall (the original home, and namesake of the event held originally in Johannesburg’s CBD. From the get-go artist Simon Bannister’s giraffes walked across Nelson Mandela Bridge, causing a stir across the country, and galleries like Artist Proof Studios were among the first to set up shop (and continue to do so today, 11 years later). 

Since then, fair manager Aysha Waja says, it’s been an incredible journey for TAF bringing the city its annual dose of art, fashion, food, music and unearthing the next big names in the business. 

“Turbine Art Fair sets the stage for a uniquely South African life style experience, where anyone can engage with art, design, music and exceptional food.”- Aysha Waja, Turbine Art Fair Manager. 

This year’s TAF23 promises to be another unforgettable event and highlight in the city’s annual art calendar. You can read more about what to expect at the link for this year’s fair here, but in the meantime here’s a timeline of 11 moments the TAF team won’t soon forget:

TAF2013: We launched the fair at Turbine Hall, in downtown Johannesburg, where 3000 early-adopters celebrated the start of one of Johannesburg’s most exciting art initiatives. 

TAF2014: Trailblazer Setlamorago Mashilo wins the inaugural TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award. The artist has gone on to great heights and continues to inspire with his works. 

TAF 2015: TAF hosted a landmark exhibition of International Works on Paper from the Johannesburg Art Gallery, including works by Pablo Picasso, Lucien Freud, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst among the big-name artists featured on the show. 

TAF 2016: Our pioneering Graduate Painters exhibition project launched to huge critical acclaim, and this year artist Sethembile Msezane wins the TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award, just a year after Msezane made international headlines for her leadership in the Fees Must Fall protests.

TAF 2017: Ralph Zaiman’s infamous beaded Casspir tank sets the fair alight with buzz and fresh conversation about art and politics in the country. 

TAF 2018: Over 10 000 visitors joined us over the weekend of one of our biggest fairs yet – setting the tone for the years to follow. 

TAF 2019:  TAF Moves to 10 Fricker Road; Nkhensani Rihlampfu is 2019’s featured artist; and Louis Khehla Maqhubela and Douglas Portway come together in A Meeting of Minds

TAF20: Covid changes the world, and so we keep the fair going and do our first online fair! 

TAF21: It’s the year of the mask, and TAF’s most challenging, but rewarding fair yet! Life feels like it’s getting back to normal at last. 

TAF22: TAF goes underground at 10 Oxford Parks, and all restrictions have been lifted, and everyone comes back with more fire than ever!

TAF23: Opens on July 27 at our new venue at Hyde Park Corner, and runs until July 30. We can’t wait to make history with this one!

Early bird tickets are on sale now, so make sure to get yours soon. 

It’s the start of a new chapter for the Turbine Art Fair, so follow the journey on our social channels and by subscribing to our newsletter, if you don’t already.


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