Everything you need to know about TAF 2023

ART IS… TURBINE ART FAIR 2023

Turbine Art Fair (TAF) enters its next decade with a new home at Hyde Park Corner from 27 – 30 July 2023 for the 11th edition of the fair. TAF has become the epicentre of emerging art in South Africa bringing together galleries, artists, and curators from around the country to present and sell contemporary art. 
“TAF has always been an Art Fair whose location has been at the forefront of the experience. We are known as a fair that takes art out of ‘traditional’ venues. It is a place for new voices, and new perspectives by making art accessible, undaunting and  fun!  We are thrilled to be moving into Hyde Park Corner in 2023 and believe we have curated an innovative and exciting fair” says Founder, Glynis Hyslop.
The 2023 edition of TAF will showcase 30 exhibitors and 10 special projects which will include a range of galleries from across South Africa, secondary market dealers, print studios, artist organisations, collectives and project spaces with the ongoing aim of exhibiting new emerging artists and mid-career artists to showcase them to emerging and established collectors and audiences

“The public has embraced the ethos of TAF over the last decade we have been in existence, and they have built a long-standing, trusted relationship with the fair, which provides them with a safe and curated space in which to buy good quality South African contemporary art” continues Hyslop.

TAF 23 continues to evolve, push boundaries, educate and go beyond the norms of a traditional art fair, appealing to both the seasoned art collector as well as those wanting to start the art collecting journey.  There is really is something for everyone at TAF.
TAF’23 is about celebrating the evolution of Turbine Art as it enters its second decade. I’m looking forward to articulate this with dynamic installations and a more engaged offering” adds Tiaan Nagel, Creative Director -Turbine Art Fair.
TAF has become synonymous with its special projects programme and 2023 will not disappoint, with the long-standing projects back, as well as the introduction of some new additions. TAF23 projects include:
TAF CAPSULE – Usha Seejarim:  Turbine Art Fair has selected established South African artist Usha Seejarim as the 2023 TAF Capsule featured artist. The project highlights one of the goals of TAF – making art collecting accessible to young collectors and aims to engage & educate  audiences on investing in art in a tangible way. Each year the selected artist will create a large scale artwork comprised of smaller works that can be purchased individually or in groupings.
OFF THE GRID – A return to abstraction:  Off the Grid is dedicated to artists outside of the main gallery circuit in an effort to support and sustain their careers. The 2023 edition is curated by Ashraf Jamal and features Gail Behrmann, Refiloe Mnisi, Alexandra Khazin, Daniel Chimurere & Samson Minsi.
ON THE GRID – A parallel to TAF’s Off the Grid project, will showcase  artists whose careers have been launched through one of TAF’s  programmes, and who currently have gallery representation or partnerships and have elevated their careers beyond an emerging practice.  On the Grid will take place in collaboration with each artist’s representing gallery and aims to show the importance of investing in artists at the early stage of their careers.
The 2023 selection of artists include:  Chris Soal with WHATIFTHEOWRLD Gallery, Kamyar Binestarigh with Southern Guild, Setlamargo Mashilo with Everard Read.
TAF UNEARTHED:  is a 6 month mentorship programme for emerging artists which covers the business of art and art mentorship and culminates in a curated  group exhibition of their work. Artists are mentored by industry professionals, they engage in multiple peer mentoring sessions, are introduced to additional galleries, curators and writers and receive financial and mental health training. Curated by Teboho Ralesai, the 2023 mentorship features Chloe Shain, Keabetswe Seema, Michael Vickers, Ivukuvuku & Kaelik Dullaart
TAF TALENT – Curated by Shenaz Mahomed., the fair’s annual curated graduate exhibition of the top talent from the graduating and masters classes of the SA universities and creative schools. The 2023 exhibition if focused on creating connection and community between students within the various institutions. Subtitled: I now pronounce you a community.
TAF TALKS:  A curated selection of talks focused on engaging collectors, art enthusiasts and artists. The programme includes a series of fair walkabouts by selected curators, artists and creatives industry experts. The 2023 programme will be curated by Palesa Motsomi.
TAF DIGITAL – A curated selection of digital media works from contemporary South African Artists, including NFTS, video game installations, video & photography.
SCULPT – A selection of sculpture and installations from independent contemporary south African artists, spread across the fair and Hyde Park Corner.
TAF KIDS – TAF’s annual Kids programme is partnering with Lamy & David Krut Projects to provide fun filled creative activities including live reading sessions and arts and crafts for all ages.
“TAF23 is art, fashion, social, investment, community, fun and so much more! TAF 2023 will be a place to meet, to share the love of art, of learning and embracing the multi-cultural energy that is uniquely South African, we can’t wait to see you there” concludes Hyslop.
Early bird tickets start from R180 and will be available via Webtickets  or link on www.turbineartfair.co.za  from 12 May.  
TAF Friends ticket special: for a group booking of 5 or more people general access tickets are R150.

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