Turbine Art Fair: Fresh Produce supported by RMB

The Turbine Art Fair together with VANSA and Assemblage, host Fresh Produce 2017. Curated by Rolihlahla Mhlanga, the Fresh Produce Exhibition has made an open call for submissions targeted at young artists from Gauteng. The shortlisted candidates will be granted the opportunity to have their art exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair which will take place in July 2017.

Assemblage will be running a 6-month intensive Peer Mentoring programme that integrates practical art-making (which focuses on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The aim is to provide the artists with a comprehensive programme that encompasses the necessary tools to help them build and sustain a career in the industry. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the artist’s work as a whole by providing the participants with not only a guide through the development of their work, but most importantly the tools that put their career into action within the industry.

A shortlist of portfolios/artists will be drawn from the entries.
Deadline for online submissions : 30 January 2017 at midnight
Email submissions to: rolihlahlamhlanga@gmail.com
If you are unclear on how to produce a PDF portfolio please email handbook@vansa.co.za for assistance.


  • Submit a PDF portfolio of your work – at least two bodies of your work.
  • The PDF should be no more than 10MB in total.
  • The PDF should include a short artists statement.
  • Artists should not have had a solo show and not be represented by a gallery.
  • Artists should be under the age of 35.
  • Artists should have been practicing for minimum 2 years and present at least 2 bodies of work for review
  • Artists should be available for a portfolio review between 13 and 17 February.
  • Artists must commit to attend all peer mentoring sessions from February – July 2016. Artists must be open to critique of their work during Peer Mentoring.
  • The first Peer Mentoring Session will be held on 25 February 2016.

About the Curator:
Rolihlahla Mhlanga is a curator based in Johannesburg and is co-director of Eyethu Gallery (established in 2014). Eyethu Gallery has seen to the successful mounting of 3 commercial exhibitions and 2 transnational collaborations, all of which were curated by Mhlanga. Roli is a social entrepreneur with a strong passion towards driving the advocacy of audience development for visual arts in the townships of South Africa. He is a Fine Arts graduate from Funda community centre’s Fine Arts department, where he majored in painting.

Assemblage is a Non-profit Organisation whose intent for the Visual Arts community of Johannesburg to: connect, share ideas, inform, advise and collaborate. It provides an inclusive forum where Visual Arts students, graduates and professionals can network. Assemblage encourages production, participation, professionalism as well as the sharing of resources, knowledge and skills. This is done through an informative website, peer mentoring groups, workshops, group exhibitions, artist studios and other collaborative projects; with the hope to contribute and promote artistic innovation, collaboration and a proactive vibrancy within Johannesburg.

VANSA operates as a point of support and development agency for Contemporary Art Practice in South Africa. We develop industry knowledge, resources, networks and projects that are concerned with the establishment of new social, cultural and economic possibilities for Contemporary Art Practice in the South African – and wider African – context.