Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, has partnered Turbine Art Fair as the headline sponsor.

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a unique South African arts festival that brings together galleries and artists from around the country to present and sell works in the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Turbine Art Fair is the epicentre of emerging African art, championing established and new talent in an accessible environment. RMB promotes access to the arts by supporting and exposing emerging artists and attracting diverse audiences, together with existing and new collectors. “RMB is committed to positively transforming lives through the arts and the growth of the creative economy.  Through the RMB Turbine Art Fair we aim to enhance the visual arts market in an environment that is inclusive, accessible and proudly African,” says Alison Badenhorst, Head of RMB Corporate Marketing. 

“The purpose of Turbine Art Fair is to develop young artists and grow the market for African art. RMB shares our vision and this partnership will help to elevate art collecting across a wider market, strengthening the greater creative economy,” says Glynis Hyslop, founder of Turbine Art Fair and MD of The Forum Company.

The RMB Turbine Art Fair is an all-encompassing cultural experience for visitors, with artisanal food and beverages, vibrant music and an interactive Talks Programme. It differentiates itself from other South African art fairs through its accessible pricing strategy. The selling price of art works 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.

“Since its inception in 2013, audiences of all backgrounds have been delighted by TAF’s celebration of creativity and have come to anticipate the Fair’s exciting interpretation of visual art, music, and food. We aim to educate, entertain and sell – to inspire!” adds Hyslop.

Turbine Art Fair will present a series of  special projects for visitors to view during the 2018 Fair.  The Projects include an interactive Talks Progamme, daily walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals as well as well known artists sponsored by RMB Private Bank .

“Is there still life? The work of Irma Stern” by Strauss & Co.
In line with the dual mission of the RMB Turbine Art Fair to promote emerging artists and encourage art collecting, Strauss & Co has embarked on a series of exhibitions by prominent South African artists to show budding art collectors what they can achieve if they select their art wisely. This year at RMB Turbine Art Fair, in an exhibition featuring a selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections titled Is there Still Life? The work of Irma Stern. The Irma Stern exhibition is insured by Artinsure.

Installations have always been an exciting part of the RMB Turbine Art Fair, this year we have engaged curator Tamzin Lovell Miller, Sulger-Buel Lovell (London). Pulling together artworks that range from the finely crafted to the augmented virtual, and the interactive physical and digital, this year’s installations are experiences set to intrigue and inspire audiences of the Fair, and leave them with some extraordinary new ideas.

Graduate Show – Home/Land –This exhibition returns for a 4th year and is curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair. This exhibition features some of the best post-graduate painting and in 2018 the inclusion of photography from the arts departments across South Africa. The 2018 exhibition will be curated by Musa N. Nxumalo.

Talent Unlocked by RMB – Assemblage, in collaboration with VANSA and RMB Turbine Art Fair, has coordinated a six month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The objective of this comprehensive programme is to provide the selected participants with support and guidance to develop their work and, very importantly, with tools to sustain their art career once the programme is completed.

RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place from  Thursday 12th July (VIP Opening) to Sunday  15th July 2018 at Turbine Hall,  Newtown, the cultural precinct of Johannesburg. 



R100 online / R120 at the door
R200 online / R250 at the door Weekend pass (Fri, Sat & Sun)


R50 online u/12  / R80 door
R80 online over 12 / R100 door


R80 online / R100 at the door
For safety and convenience, TURBINE ART FAIR 2018 will be a completely cashless environment.

For more info or to buy tickets : www.turbineartfair.co.za