The RMB Turbine Art Fair is back by popular demand

The seventh edition of the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Turbine Art Fair (Taf), is on the move to a new and bigger venue to accommodate all your art essentials.

Since its inception in 2013, the fair has grown extensively every year and this year will see the most substantial fair yet in their new location on 10 Fricker Road in Illovo, from 12 to 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July.

“Our vision for Taf has always been to develop young artists and grow the market for African art and elevate art collecting across a wider market,” said Glynis Hyslop, founder of the fair.

“Visitors will be able to view exciting installations, larger gallery spaces and a more conceptually curated fair but in the relaxed environment that has always been the signature of the Turbine Art Fair.”

Proudly partnered for a second year by RMB, Taf is a unique South African art collaboration that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works. As a talent brand, RMB nurtures and celebrates creativity widely, making this partnership a natural extension of the bank’s respect for the possibilities that creativity unleashes.

“The RMB Turbine Art Fair thoughtfully extends the visual arts market in an environment that is dynamic, accessible and strongly African,” said Alison Badenhorst, head of RMB corporate marketing.

“Our own art collection is a tangible example of deliberately sharing the creative energy that art naturally inspires. Totalling 2 000 works, the inclusiveness of RMB’s collection comes from it being sourced locally, thus communicating the shared African story.”

The Turbine Art Fair is not just an art fair but an all-encompassing cultural experience for visitors, with artisanal food and beverages and a vibrant entertainment programme. It also differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy. The selling price of artworks generally falls between R1 000 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.

The art fair will present a series of special projects for visitors to view during the fair as well as a multidisciplinary public programme curated by Kefiloe Siwisa and Nomvuyo Horwitz, titled The year of the mirror, which will include performance art, music, screenings, masterclasses, a children’s programme, talks and a walkabout series sponsored by RMB Private Bank. The talks and walkabouts are offered to the public for free and on a first come, first serve basis. The full list of talks, speakers, panellists and talk times can be found on the website ahead of the opening.

The children’s programme has been created and will be run by the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, which includes daily, children-specific walkabouts led by Alison Kearney. Radio partner, Kaya FM will be broadcasting live from the fair on Saturday, 13 July.

Tickets: R120 via Webtickets or R150 at door

Weekend pass: R250 via Webtickets or R300 at door

Children: R100 (four years and older). Includes access to children’s art area and children’s walkabout on a first come, first serve basis

Students and pensioners: R100 at door and R80 via Webtickets (Friday only)

VIP opening night (11th July): R750 via Webtickets only and will include performances by Gregory Maqoma (founder and executive director of Vuyani Dance Group) and Mabuta.

Article by Itumeleng Komana for Sandton Chronicle, 6 July 2019.


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