TAF Unearths Fresh Voices with New Mentorship Programme

By Lindelwa Masuku

Stemming from a group exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair in July 2022–a distinctively South African Art Fair, launched in 2013, announces a new 6-month, part-time mentorship programme.

TAF Unearthed, which will take on 10 South African artists, aged 18-35 years, this programme will focus on conceptual, professional and process-based development.

Having become the epicentre of emerging art in South Africa, the Turbine Art Fair brings together exhibitors from around Southern Africa to present, sell and celebrate their works, providing a safe space for the showcasing of established and new talent in an environment that is immersive, accessible, and inclusive.

“Turbine is the important nursery for young artists and young dealers/gallerists to enter the art market as it is difficult to emerge fully-fledged and to be selected by an established gallery. Many of the artists and dealers who have come through the fair are now established artists and galleries.”

Says Prof. Karel Nel, collector, and curator of African traditional and modern artefacts.

The Turbine Art Fair continues to be a home for new voices by making art accessible. This is an  exciting and exhilarating opportunity for young voices in the art scene to learn and grow. Artists will be mentored by select industry professionals and will engage in a set of workshops aimed at advancing their practice.

Artists are encouraged to be open to constructive critique, the mentorship includes individual critique and feedback of the mentee’s body of work from distinguished art mentors as well as peer groups.

This programme is aimed at artists with limited professional experience, who are not represented by galleries, and had not previously showcased a solo exhibition or participated in art fairs.

Artists may apply in the medium of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and new media.

Applications close on 31 January 2023.
Applications can be sent on @turbineartfair | Linktree

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