The RMB Turbine Art Fair has firmly established itself as a must-attend event on the annual South African art calendar, taking place from 12 – 15 July 2018. The Fair offers visitors an opportunity to view and buy quality artwork from emerging and established talent in a fun and accessible way, with all pieces for sale priced below R50 000.00. 

The RMB Turbine Art Fair will present a series of special projects for visitors to view during this 2018 Fair.  These projects include ‘The RMB Private Bank Talks Programme’. Throughout the weekend of the Fair, this daily programme includes walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals and well-known artists and is partnered by RMB Private Bank.  These free walkabouts also include age appropriate options aimed at helping children understand art and sharing a vocabulary that equips them to appreciate and describe it.

“Our investment in the ‘RMB Private Bank Talks Programme’ helps to bring art to life and offers both our clients and all Fair attendees the chance to mindfully explore the way in which art molds, builds, and contributes towards our creative economy. Investing in art starts with the investment in the youthful talent that creates the art. Artists as a collective, are some of our greatest assets in building our future design thinkers.” 

The talks and walkabout progamme is titled ‘THINK’ and offers a perspective on various artists’ processes, following through to their end result – often contributing positively towards solutions to worldly problems, that may transform our homes, be viewed in galleries or become proud and public South African landmarks,” says Eric Enslin, CEO RMB Private Bank.

A Fair highlight of 2018 is an exhibition featuring a selection of Irma Stern still lifes from private collections titled “Life Force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern”, proudly presented by Strauss & Co. Not only is Irma Stern the bestselling artist on the secondary market, and specifically at Strauss & Co, but her still lifes serve as inspiration to young contemporary artists as well. A competition among scholars at tertiary art schools in Gauteng has been created for artists to submit a still life in a medium of their choice and a selection of the best works will be exhibited at RMB Turbine Art Fair alongside the Stern showcase. 

Turbine Art Fair is proudly sponsoring “This landscape. This landscape! The Quintessential Metaphor For Life by David Koloane in collaboration with LL Editions and curated by Ruzy Rusik to celebrate 80 years of artist David Koloane. “In all life of South African Art, especially in the Black Community none has ever celebrated our own. Therefore, it is time that we celebrate Ntate Koloane as he was taught how to paint but expressed himself though the medium of printing,” says Joe Legate,  LL Editions. 

Installations have always been an exciting part of the RMB Turbine Art Fair. Curator, Tamzin Lovell-Miller asks the question “Who are we after this “Post-Truth” time has shaped us?” 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.

Themba Khumalo, The Driver

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

Irma Stern, Dahlias, Courtesy of Strauss & Co

RMB Talent Unlocked partnered by Rand Merchant Bank has funded a six-month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists, that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training in collaboration with Assemblage and VANSA.  This exciting exhibition of emerging artists will be curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi.

Kirsten Sims, Rose-tinted Valentines Hangover, 2018.
Mixed media on board.1205 x 890mm, Courtesy of Salon91

“The RMB Turbine Art Fair has something for everyone: established collectors looking to discover young talent or find a small gem by a well known artist, aspiring and emerging collectors who want to expand their knowledge about collecting in a warm and welcoming environment, as well as finding affordable, good quality contemporary South African art they can trust,” concludes Glynis Hyslop, founder of Turbine Art Fair and MD of The Forum Company.


Friday – 13 July – Talks Programme

14:00 – 15:00

Think Scenes of Success (Inspired session #1)

Is the “Starving Artist” label myth or reality? Should parents guide their children away from the arts? What are the chances of Success as an artist today and in the future? What support exists for the arts? Why is the creative economy important? Panel discussion with gallerist, artist, educator, career coach.

Friday – 13 July – Walkabouts

16:00 – 17:00

Think Home – Art for interiors

Walkabout with magazine editor. 

17:30 – 18:30

“Think big ideas – RMB Turbine Art Fair installations”

Walkabout with installations curator Tamzin Lovell Miller

18:30 – 19:30

“Think promise – selected up-and-coming artists”

Walkabout with Art Advisor, Kholisa Thomas

Saturday – 14 July – Talks Programme

11:15 -11:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks by curator Tamzin Lovell-Miller

11:30 – 12:00

Think Narratives (Inspired session #2)

Talk by Els van Mourik from Amsterdam, Story Coach and ‘#instagrammer’ African_Art_Stories

13:30 – 14:00

Think Legacy (Inspired session #3)

Keynote: talk by major collector. How to build a collection that creates value for the future

14:30 – 15:00

Think Passion (Inspired session #4)

Panel discussion with artists who have become successful in their careers. 

15.30 – 16.00

Think Promise (Inspired session #5) 

How do you identify talent? How do you know what is good art? Can you predict success? How early should you invest in young talent? How do you best nurture it within the creative economy? Panel discussion with artists, academic, gallerist, collectors. Moderated by Tladi Marumo

Saturday 14 July – Walkabouts

12:00 – 13:00

“Think fun – Art that tickles my fancy”

Walkabout with Celebrity comedian John Vlismas

14.00 – 15.00

“Think growth – Art for investment”

Walkabout with Wilhelm van Rensburg – Senior Art Specialist Strauss & Co. 

16.00 – 17.00

“Think Afropolitan”

Walkabout with Greg Maloka – art collector and CEO Kaya FM

Saturday 14 July – Children Walkabouts

11:00 – 12:00

12:15 – 13:15

Walkabouts with Robyn & Mia Penn 

(Robyn Penn 6 – 11 & Mia Penn 12 and up)

Sunday 15 July – Talks Programme

11:30 – 12:00

Think History (Inspired session #6) 

Talk by Wilhelm van Rensburg, Art Specialist at Strauss & Co. How contemporary artists respond to history. Presenting the Strauss selection of contemporary artists who responding to Irma Stern “Is there Still Life?”

13:30 – 14:00

Think Home – Art for interiors (Inspired session #7)

Panel discussion with interior designers and décor magazine editor

14:30 – 15:00

Think film (Inspired session #8) 

Panel Discussion with artists, fashion designers, curators, writers, filmmakers. How much does film as an art form influence us as society, as artists? Is this changing now in a social media driven world?

How has the Hollywood bias affected the rest of the world? Do our own aesthetics our own stories in South Africa and Africa have enough influence, are they beginning to have influence elsewhere in the world?

Sunday 15 July – Walkabouts

12:00 – 13:00

“Think fun – Art that tickles my fancy”

Walkabout with Celebrity host, comedian John Vlismas

14:00 – 15:00

Think Knowledge

Walkabout with Susie Goodman, Executive Director Strauss & Co

15:00 – 16:00

“Think promise – selected up-and-coming artists”

Walkabout with Art Advisor, Kholisa Thomas

Sunday 16 July – Children Walkabouts

Walkabouts with Robyn & Mia Penn 

(Robyn Penn 6 – 11 / Mia Penn 12 and up)

11:00 – 12:00

12:15 – 13:15