Artists are invited to apply to participate in a curated group exhibition at TAF’14.
Assemblage will facilitate a curated group exhibition at TAF’14 titled ‘Fresh Produce’. The exhibition will showcase emerging artists who are producing engaging and excellent work and who are in need of platforms and exposure.
The exhibition will be curated by Assemblage with the assistance of participating artists. Proposed works can be of any medium and artists are encouraged to explore experimental works.
The exhibition will use Turbine Hall and Newtown as its starting point and artists are invited to respond to the following series of quotes about the history of the area as a theme and direction for the show:
‘The explosion is said to have destroyed 1 500 houses in the former ‘slum areas’,... locations in the Burghersdorp Brickfields (roughly in the area of Fordsburg and Newtown) and in the ‘Malay’ location in Vrededorp (Fietas). The explosives were rumoured to be intended for the Jameson Raid. Left homeless, people re-organised their lives and moved into the neighbouring slums, ‘creating considerably more racial intermingling than the boundaries on formal maps’ Keith Beavon, 2004, Johannesburg: The making and Shaping of the City, 75. Footnote from Not No Place p.150
‘Newtown gradually became home to the town’s fresh produce and livestock markets, relocated from the original Market Square in 1913’ The Joburg Book, Nechama Brodie, p.133
‘Much of our vocabulary draws on work on the African metropolis which describes the ‘interplay between what is “visible” and what is “invisible”, between appearance and disappearance’ and between surface and depth.’ Not No Place, Dorethee Kreutzfeld and Bettina Malcolmess, p.14
Artists interested in participating must submit a proposal containing the following:
● Examples of previous works
● Images or proposal of the work you would like included as part of the exhibition
● A short motivation as to why you should be included
● Contact details (including your name, cellphone number, email and physical address)
● Several selected artists from outside Johannesburg will be chosen to attend the Turbine Art Fair. In order to be considered for this opportunity please indicate in your application where you are located.
Please email to
by no later than 20 March 2014.
Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2014.
Works must be available for exhibition from 12 - 20 July 2014.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: THURS 20 MARCH 2014
if you would like any further information.
This project is supported by Rand Merchant Bank
Assemblage is a non-profit organisation which intends for the visual arts community of Johannesburg to connect, to share ideas, information and advice and to collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where visual art students, graduates and professionals can network. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism and the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. Through an informative website, peer mentoring groups, workshops, group exhibitions, artist studios and other collaborative projects, it hopes to contribute and promote artistic innovation, collaboration and a proactive vibrancy within Johannesburg.
TAF’14 - Turbine Art Fair aims to provide annual platforms to emerging artists and galleries to showcase their work to a new young, sophisticated Afropolitan audience with the ultimate goal of educating and enriching lives and making art accessible. The Turbine Art Fair 2014 will be held 18 - 20 July 2014. www.turbineartfair.co.za. A proud production of the forum company, the go-to company in Johannesburg for up-market, stylish and sophisticated events. Defined by Art | style | fine food.