The Turbine Art Fair is returning and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s the fourth year in a row, and if you haven’t been before, this is one art fair not to be missed.
It’s on from the 14th to the 17th July at Turbine Hall in Newtown, a huge exhibition space, with beautiful and spacious industrial halls and studios just brimming with art. You’ll find work by all our well known and brilliant South African artists as well as an astonishing selection from our new upcoming artists.
It’s a great space to spend a few hours. You can wander, browse, buy if you’re so inclined (it is a great space to start a collection), sit in one of the upstairs lounges and listen to music, attend a couple of art lectures, or – enjoy the pop up restaurant and bar.
This in fact is always my favourite part. I love looking at the art and then making my way outside, into the Jozi winter sun, getting wine and a cheese platter from the fantastic pop up bar/restaurant, and enjoying the urban vibe.
And it is a very urban event. Turbine Hall was initially built as a power station and has a triple volume space as well as an underground area. The original coal hoppers and turbines have all been used as design features in this now quite extraordinary renovated heritage building. It is a stunning modern space, combining old and new, and just walking inside is a special affair!
It’s in Newtown, on the edge of town itself, close to the SAB Museum and Sci-Bono Museum. You can make a day of the event. Spend a few hours at the fair and then explore the museums, streets and cafes nearby. Newtown Junction is easy walking distance and Workshop Newtown with it’s wonderful craft stalls and boutiques is a fun place to hang out.
You can park at Turbine Hall itself or across the road at Sci-Bono, alternatively in the underground parking at Newtown Junction. Tickets are R 100.00 per person and you can get a weekend pass at R 200 for the weekend. There is a special opening with dinner on the Thursday night, but sadly, this one is by invitation only!