Photo Credit: Night of a 1000 Drawings

Night of a 1000 Drawings is an empowerment project that culminates in a one-night-only, massive inner-city art sale to raise funds for a deserving cause.


Johannesburg, South Africa (21 February 2020) –  Whether you’re an artist, art enthusiast or collector, take part in the 1000 Drawings event, an inner-city art exhibition that is back again with a new format and exciting developments. This art exhibition will raise funds for child education from Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 March at Victoria Yards, Lorentzville.

1000 Drawings is an art-for-charity initiative that changes lives. This campaign is about people (just like you and me) creating artworks in an A5 format. These can be doodles, sketches, paintings, photographs, etchings, embroidery – any kind of art if it’s A5.

What’s new this time around?  In addition to the public submissions, the participation has been extended to professional artists, advertising and marketing fraternity, school art departments, art schools, art galleries, tattoo artists and corporate South Africa. It is a weekend of fun, food and entertainment.

Friday will kick off with the launch of Art Battle SA.  This official Art Battle SA event will see 16 local artists step up to the easel to compete against the clock and for audience votes. Across three 20-minute rounds, the audience will decide which four competitors will join the Final Round, where only one ‘Art Battle Champion’ will emerge. This Champion will join the SA National Tournament series and have a chance to head to the Art Battle World Championships in October 2020.

Art Battle in a global live art tournament. Working with Night of 1000 Drawings Festival of Art, we celebrate creativity and community of Johannesburg art scene whilst coming together to do good with Art. Watch as incredible live artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces in just 20 minutes. All work created will be available for silent auction.

Saturday is jam-packed with entertainment of all varieties, a youth fashion show, quiz night and the mass art sale between 17h00 and 18h00.

Sunday will once again be action-packed with entertainment, an auction with a comedy twist and the final sale of the art on show. This event is open for everyone of all ages.

Other than the auction, the artworks will be sold at R150 per artwork which means you can get yourself an original by famous artists of tomorrow and support a good cause at the same time.

According to event organiser, Kelly McGillivray “Anyone can create art – in coffee shops, galleries and tattoo parlours, host their own doodle-sessions or make art in the privacy of their homes. Drop-off boxes for artwork are located around Joburg, encouraging people to doodle and drop-off as much as possible. We also encourage artwork to be sent to us from anywhere in the world / South Africa too – the more we have, the more we raise.”

Tickets to the event are available on Web tickets for R100 per person and R50 for students and pensioners with a weekend pass at R280 and doors will open at 4 pm on Friday and 10 am Saturday and Sunday. Sign up for their newsletter on the official website or follow their social media channels to stay in the loop with their progress!

Previous years have been an epic success with R150 000 raised for the beneficiaries.  The charities benefitting from the generosity are Dlala Nje, Everybody Love Everybody (ELE), Timbuktu in the Valley and not forgetting the original beneficiary, the one who inspired the beginning of 1000 Drawings, Paballo Ya Batho.

Why Education?

In South Africa, many underprivileged youth battles with access to a good quality education due to circumstances beyond their control and art can be the change for many…

All the public art is collected after months of drawing, sketching, painting, photographing and scribbling and are then hung in a massive inner-city art exhibition. Everyone is then encouraged to come to the exhibition and buy art for R150 knowing they will be making a difference. You can get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original piece for you to enjoy!

In 2019, the doodles of many helped raise R150 000 for the chosen non-profit organisation partners who are supporting the youth of South Africa in a practical and tangible way.

Sources: Night of a 1000 Drawings
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