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What to expect at RMB Turbine Art Fair 2019

Posted on 24 June 2019

RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) now in its 7th year is a unique South African art collaboration that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works. The event will be held from 12 - 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July at its new location at 10 Fricker Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

The fair differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy - selling price of artworks generally falls between R1000 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.

It will also 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 and a children's programme, talks and walkabout series sponsored by RMB Private Bank.

Here are some of the highlights of this year's RMB Turbine Art Fair:

The Year of the Mirror - RMB Turbine Art Fair Public Programme curated by Nomvuyo Horwitz and Kefiloe Siwisa

The RMB TAF Public Programme curators have sought to ignite wakeful practice, mindful reflections and (thought) activations on issues related to art production, critique, structures of education and sustainability, and models of the future in our contemporary (South) African context.

RMB TAF Talks Sponsored by RMB Private Bank

The talks will feature inter-generational conversations with iconic artists Mmakgabo Mapula and Helen Sebidi, interactive masterclass exploring experimental curatorial and artistic production, a panel contemplating artist training and a discussion on art writing and critique in South Africa amongst others.

RMB Talent Unlocked

Assemblage, in collaboration with Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and RMB Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated a six-month intensive workshop programme funded by RMB for emerging artists that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) with professional practice training. The workshop programme culminates with a curated booth by Fulufhelo Mobadi at the Fair. This is a unique opportunity for an emerging artist's work to be viewed publicly at a prestigious event.

The Graduate Exhibition curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with Maja Marx

The exhibition returns for a 5th year and draws huge attention from those who attend the Fair. Visitors can expect to see the exciting work of graduates who have been handpicked from across South Africa. The Graduate Show presents a great opportunity to buy and start collecting some fabulous work of artists who are at the beginning of their artistic careers.

Dates: 12 - 14 July 2019

Venue: 10 Fricker Road, Illovo, Johannesburg


  • R120 via Webtickets or R150 at door
  • Weekend pass: R250 via webtickets or R300 at door
  • Children R100: 4 years & older - Includes access to children's arts area and children's walkabout on a first come first serve basis
  • Students & Pensioners: R100 at door and R80 via Webtickets (Friday only)

VIP opening night (11th July): R750 via Webtickets only.

For more information, visit www.turbineartfair.co.za.

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