A creative mentorship programme is launched
Turbine Art Fair announces TAF Unearthed, a creative mentorship programme. Formerly known as the annual Fresh Produce & Talent Unlocked artist mentorship programme, TAF has enhanced and innovated the structure of its mentorship to address the needs of artists and prepare and propel them through uncertainty. The successful programme over the last 7 years has seen the growth and springboard of artists such as Setlamarago Mashilo, Chrisell Attewell, Manyatse Monyanama, Pebofatso Mokoena, and more.
TAF Unearthed has been developed as a new approach to mentorship for South African creatives, focused on the localised needs of artists and pioneering collaborative practice between creative disciplines from early career stages, to enhance, nurture artists’ creatives, and solidify the foundations of their creative practice. Artists and creatives will be guided and trained to think, envision and engage with their practices as individuals and collaborators on a local and global scale.
TAF Unearthed will take on 10 young South African artists to mentor over a 3-month period in which they will be guided by industry professionals Thembi Matroshe & Nkhensani Rihlampfu. In addition, they will receive professional practice training and insight from a range of creatives including Ladumo, Gregory Makoma, Finance For Hippies, Musa Nxumalo, and others. The selected participants will also collaborate on a multidisciplinary project and a group exhibition for Turbine Art Fair from 22-25 July 2021.
The 2021 selected artists are Angel Valerio, Ayesha Mukadam, Isabeau Sophia Joubert, Fumani Khumalo, Imaan Latif, James Thomas, Jennifer Zaharieva, Navel Seakamela, Sizani Baloyi, and Tshepo Moloi.
TAF Unearthed 2021 is supported by the NAC and in partnership with the Forum Company.
Featured artwork by order:
Self Preservation, Fumani Khumalo; Dog Eat Dog, James Thomas; Untitled, Imaan Latif