One day to go: A look inside the virtual Turbine Art Fair

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'Thinking bout'you', 2019. Zandile Tshabalala is one of the many artists who will be on show at the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair. (Supplied)
'Thinking bout'you', 2019. Zandile Tshabalala is one of the many artists who will be on show at the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair. (Supplied)
  • Taking place from 28 August to 2 September, the RMB Turbine Art Fair is readying itself to receive the public online. 
  • The fair will feature online viewings rooms, talks, workshops and virtual walkabouts.
  • Access to all content will be free to view from tomorrow after registering.

Featuring over 25 galleries, an auctioneer and project spaces, the 2020 Turbine Art Fair offers a range of work suitable for entry level and seasoned buyers. Fair goers can expect to see exhibitors like The Artist’s Press, Bag Factory Artist Studios, Artist Proof Studio, Ora Loapi, Goodman Gallery, David Krut Projects, Kalashnikovv Gallery and Strauss & Co. 

Each exhibitor will have a virtual viewing room to display their artwork. Together with the artworks, viewing rooms will be equipped with interactive messaging like video and voice clips in order for visitors to learn about the artists and their work. 

Speaking about launching about a virtual fair, the fair’s founder, Glynis Hyslop says: 

“We believe that there is no better time than right now for collectors to actively support artists and galleries”.

In addition to buying opportunities, the 2020 fair has special projects, workshops, talks and walkabout programmes. 

Special projects 

  • RMB Talent Unlocked: Run by Londi Modiko — independent art advisor, curator and co founder or UnderLine Projects — this artist mentorship programme features an exhibition and workshops about building a professional practice. 
  • First Look: Works from postgraduate university students in find and visual art across South Africa. 
  • New World Order: Curated by Johan Thom this project will focus on educators and how they will guide a generations of artist practicing during and after a pandemic.
  • Tactile Visions-Woven: Curated by Prof Sharlene Khan this addition to the fair looks to expand conversations around the notion of materiality and tactility by having artists engage these in performance, installation, photography, painting, dance, printmaking and sculpture.
  • Stilled Life: A display of photographs from a community platform that called on the public to share their Covid-19 stories. 

Talks programme

  • Envisioning art in your home: A guide on decorating your home with your art collection
  • Parallel lives: Wilhelm van Rensburg (Strauss & Co.) presents a talk on Gladys Maglundlu and Maggie Laubser.
  • Woven, envisioning the world through textile: Sharlene Khan (curator and professor) in conversation with Reshma Chhiba (artist), Willemein de Villiers (artist, lecturer) and Mary Sibande (artist).
  • Feel it in your soul: Laurice Taitz (editor JHB in your Pocket) about collecting art from a place of passion.
  • Becoming a photographer: Greg Marinovich and Musa Nxumalo on photojournalism.
  • Education in Art: A conversation between art educators in high school, informal art teachers and university lecturers and students with David Andrew.
  • Alumni Insights: A conversation with Turbine Art Fair alumni artists and exhibitors, Setlamarago Mashilo in conversation with Kamogelo Masemola

To gain free access to the virtual fair visit and register on the ‘Viewing Room’ tab. 

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