Turbine Art Fair 2021

Thursday Sep 30 - Sunday Oct 3    
The annual Turbine Art Fair (TAF) returns to Joburg for its ninth edition this spring, happening live and online from September 30 to October 3. After hosting a virtual art fair in 2020, this year the fair returns in a 'hybrid' format.

At the 2021 fair online viewing rooms, exhibitions and an online buying platform in partnership with Artsy are joined by a physical fair, the TAF Arcade, happening over four days in Illovo. Visitors to the TAF Arcade can look forward to a return to the sociable and accessible TAF experience that has made this art fair one of South Africa's favourites.

Tickets for the TAF 2021 hybrid fair are now on sale. Get yours here!

TAF Arcade and a new look hybrid fair

Artworks by Studio Nxumalo and Navel Seakamela
At this year's fair you can expect a brilliant return to everything that has always made this such a popular art event. On display at the fair in Illovo is an array of exhibitions by local contemporary art galleries from across the country and the wider southern African region, as well as specially commissioned installations.

Exciting new projects to look out for this year include exhibitions from this year's TAF Unearthed artists, a TAF initiative that every year provides space for emerging artists to create and exhibit new works for the fair. As always there's also a rich programme of art talks by leading artists and thinkers to look forward to and of course a return to the fantastic social atmosphere that always makes TAF so special.

Now in its ninth year, TAF is an important voice representing the work of predominantly young and emerging artists and has successfully created an accessible art platform that attracts a diverse community of art admirers and collectors. The fair is known for presenting works both large and small across a range of prices, that usually start under R5000, making collecting art affordable, accessible and, with a lively and sociable atmosphere, a lot of fun too. 

TAF founder Glynis Hyslop explains that the fair was moved from winter to spring to maximise the possibility of hosting a physical fair as opposed to a purely digital one.

"We have all be so isolated from each other and the amazing experiences normally on offer throughout the year. We believe art needs to be viewed and enjoyed in person. TAF is not just an art fair but a lifestyle experience and we hope that by moving the dates we will be able to bring a much-needed cultural experience to Jozi".
Artworks by Thokozani Madonsela and Setlamorago Mashile

Tickets for TAF 2021

The lively VIP fair preview event is back for 2021. If you can't make it to the preview in person you can also buy a VIP online preview ticket meaning you can still get first dibs on artworks before the fair opens to the broader public. Keeping to their commitment to making the art fair an inclusive space, at this year fair there's also special discounted access for students too. Buy your tickets online here. Note that no tickets will be sold on the door, you must book your tickets in advance. This year's fair does not allow for those aged under 12.

VIP Hybrid Preview tickets (Sep 30 at 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo) cost R250
VIP Online Preview tickets (Sep 30) cost R200
General Access tickets (for access to the fair in Illovo from Oct 1–3) cost R150
Student Access tickets (for access to the fair in Illovo on Oct 1) cost R60

Covid protocols at TAF 2021 

In an innovative move, Turbine Art Fair is one of the first Joburg events creating a Covid secure environment by required visitors to be vaccinated or to take a rapid test on arrival. After screening visitors will be required to present a vaccination card, digital vaccination card or a picture of their vaccination card as proof. Those who don't have vaccinations can also present negative Covid-19 tests (72 hours or less) to enter the fair or take a rapid test (at a cost of R185 at the door).


Sep 30 2021 - Oct 3 2021

Price/Additional Info

Tickets R60-R100. VIP preview R200-R250

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