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Projections for this year’s TAF are bold, edgy and liberating artworks. Photo: supplied
Projections for this year’s TAF are bold, edgy and liberating artworks. Photo: supplied


The Turbine Art Fair (TAF) is finally here.

This year marks its 10th edition, and it’s been quite an adventure. Over the years, I’ve watched friends create masterpieces to exhibit at the art fair.

I have made memories through the artworks that young Africans so fearlessly create.

Founded in 2013 by The Forum Company, one of South Africa’s leading events companies, the exhibition took on a rather interesting approach to the way it viewed art and exhibitions.

The Turbine Art Fair returns after a Covid hiatus. Photo: supplied

Unlike most art exhibitions, Turbine Art Fair created a space that would foster SADC’s [Southern African Development Community] most promising talent, giving art fanatics new pieces to sink their teeth into.

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This year, the fair will be exploring themes of conventionality from an entirely new and playful lens.

The projections are edgy, bold and liberating pieces that will give us new insight into what the future of our evolving art world looks like.

The Turbine Art Fair has quickly become the place to be for emerging talent, collectors and spectators alike.

The fair has also become pivotal in making art accessible to disadvantaged and disenfranchised people through their special projects.

The TAF will take place between July 21 and 24. Photo: supplied

This year, the exhibition will host five special projects, including the TAF Unearthed initiative, a creative mentorship programme that aims to create sustainable professional methods for creatives.

The initiative began a year after the Turbine Art Fair launched, and has given many creatives the tools to sustain their creative practices.

Under the Unearthed initiative, 10 artists have been mentored by talented visual artist Teboho Ralesai.

His mentees will showcase their group project at the fair.

After dealing with a pandemic that thrust us into a world of disconnect, artists were forced to find new ways to connect to the world through digital media. This year, TAF is expanding its horizons, with an online exhibition that will bring art to your fingertips.

With 35 artists to choose from, TAF is giving art lovers a plethora of works for their collections. This year, they have also included their daily interactive Talks Programme.

TAF's Unearthed initiative. Photo: Supplied

True to the spirit of supporting emerging art, these programmes will give visitors and spectators insight into the world of art in South Africa, fit with profound observations from some of the country’s most influential art talent, making the fair an inclusive and vast experience.

Art is for everyone, contrary to society’s tradition of capping children’s artistic potential. Clearly, the kids will be alright with TAF kids.

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This year, TAF kids is back and has collaborated with Imbali Visual Literacy Project and the Radisson Red Hotel.

The programme will be aimed at children between the ages of five to 12 and will give them the unique opportunity to partake in activities that will help broaden their creative horizons.

Turbine Art Fair
Get ready for a week of art at this year’s Turbine Art Fair. Photo: supplied

The exhibition will take place at Oxford Parks in Rosebank from July 21 to 24.

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