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In 2023, the Turbine Art Fair (TAF) will be moving to our new home at Hyde Park Corner on 27 – 30 July.

TAF  is a uniquely South African Art fair that brings together exhibitors from around Southern Africa to present, sell and celebrate works. The fair has become the epicentre of emerging art in South Africa. It presents a space for the showcasing of established and new talent in an environment that is immersive, accessible, and inclusive.

TAF was launched in 2013 at Turbine Hall in Newtown until 2018, we then moved to 10 Fricker rd from 2019 to 2021. In 2022 TAF went underground at Oxford Parks in Rosebank and now in 2023, we welcome Hyde Park Corner as our new home!

TAF has always been an Art Fair whose location has been at the forefront of the experience, we are widely known as a fair that takes art out of ‘traditional’ venues and into communities. It is a place for new voices, and new perspectives by making art accessible through generational relevance and supplementary experiences. 

Founded in 2013 by The Forum Company, it is the first accessible and affordable South African art fair aimed at small scale and emerging galleries as well as emerging artists and collectors working toward growing the market for South African Contemporary art. TAF aims to continue to empower, educate, entertain and sell.

The fair provides a space for a range of galleries, secondary market dealers, print studios, artist organisations, collectives and project spaces to exhibit new emerging artists and mid-career artists to exhibit and engage with emerging and established collectors and audiences.

“The public has embraced the ethos of TAF and over the years have built a long-standing, trusted relationship with the fair, which provides a safe and curated space in which to buy art. We believe that there is no better time than right now for collectors to actively support artists and galleries. We also see this as an opportunity to support art schools in ensuring a generation of new artists. Through our special projects we showcase the work of emerging artists at the start of their careers, giving them a much-needed launch pad. We feel that it is vital to keep the art ecosystem engaged during this time and keep the conversations ongoing, and through our planned virtual talks and walkabout programme, we are able to so.”Fair Founder, Glynis Hyslop.


TAF 2023

27 - 30 July 2023

Hyde Park Corner, Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, 6th Rd, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Playing with the themes of art and fashion, South Africa’s first accessible art fair is moving to its new home at Hyde Park Corner in the forum company’s newest venue launching later this year.   Turbine Art Fair (TAF) brings together galleries, artists, and curators from around the country to present and sell contemporary art. 


TAF 2022

21 - 24 July 2022

Oxford Parks, 199 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

South Africa’s first accessible art fair is heading underground to Oxford Parks from 21 – 24 July 2022 for its 10th edition.  Turbine Art Fair (TAF) brings together galleries, artists, and curators from around the country to present and sell contemporary art. 

The 2022 fair and its location will play with themes of conventionality while exploring how far or ‘deep’ one can go to exhibit art. This playful, edgy, and modern take on a fair will surely excite lovers of art as we curate an undoubtedly unique experience that will make a mark on Joburg’s social and cultural calendars. 

“We are delighted to announce Oxford Parks as our venue for our 10th edition of TAF.  It’s definitely a hotspot in Jozi right now and a stones-throw from the art hub of Rosebank.   TAF will continue to push boundaries in 2022 but also continue to make the fair appeal to both the seasoned art collector and those wanting to start the art collecting journey.  There is something for everyone” says Glynis Hyslop, Founder Turbine Art Fair.

Turbine Art Fair is now entering its 11th edition and will take place from 27-30 July 2023. TAF has always been a fair that strives to be inclusive, accessible, and an un-intimidating space for people interested in the arts to meet, engage, educate, and sell. Countless careers of artists, galleries, collectives, and dealers started and have been fast-tracked through their participation in the Turbine Art Fair over the past 10 years. It has also been the event many young collectors have bought the first artwork at and initiated a great passion that has sustained the emerging art market and paved the way for sustainable careers for artists in the emerging market.


We invite applications from exhibitors with fresh new voices or a new body of work from their artists from Galleries, Artist Collectives, Artist and Print studios, Auction Houses, Project Spaces, Secondary Market Dealers, and Fashion Designers.

Applications open annually around November and close in January 


TAF Triangle is the Turbine Art Fair Membership Programme that is thoughtfully designed for art lovers, collectors, artists, and corporates looking to gain deeper insight into the development of the art market related to emerging contemporary African and South African art.



We have three platforms on which independent artists may apply to the fair: TAF Unearthed, TAF Paper, and TAF Sculpt. TAF does not accept applications from artists to exhibit independently. 

TAF PAPER runs independently of the fair with applications opening in October, while TAF Unearthed and TAF Sculpt open in November and close in January   


This 2023 was the first year we invited curators to apply for a booth at the fair, independent Curators may only apply with a group exhibition of 2-3 artists. Selection Criteria Selection is made based on the quality of the applicants’ curatorial strength and the exhibition to be presented.


Turbine Art Fair (TAF) has a number of opportunities for unique tailored partnerships for the fair as well as for cultural events throughout the year. TAF is built on partnership – and we rely on these partnerships to continue offering the unmatched fair experience that we have held over the last ten years. 



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