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 – South Africa’s biggest, one night only, inner-city art exhibition and sale to raise funds for education is back again, and we are all super excited!

1000 Drawings is an art-for-charity initiative that changes lives. Throughout each campaign, people create artworks in an A5 format. These can be doodles, sketches, painting, photographs, etching, embroidery – they’ve even had a donationin pewter,…any kind of art as long as it’s A5.

“Anyone can create art – in coffee shops, galleries and tattoo parlours around Johannesburg, 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!”

The art collected during the year culminates in a unique, one night only, inner-city art exhibition and sale made possible by all the donations. The charities benefitting from the generosity for 2018 / 2019 are Dlala Nje, Everybody Love Everybody (ELE) and not forgetting the original beneficiary, the one who inspired the beginning of 1000 Drawings, Paballo Ya Batho.

Anyone can take part to this initiative, from well-known artists, illustrators, celebrities, street and tattoo artists’ right through to primary school children and grandparents and buyers will be spoilt for choice this year with doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings, experimental and conceptual works, all on sale and going for a song.

At R150 a piece, you could get your hands on a one-of-a-kind, original work by tomorrow’s big stars, or something beautiful to make you smile.

The Night of 1000 Drawings Event in Johannesburg was previously held in November when all the A5 donations are put on sale. Buyers are spoilt for choice and can get their hands on a one-of-a-kind original work of tomorrow’s big stars, or something beautiful to make them smile.

As well as the art on sale, Night of 1000 Drawings promotes local live music, has artists draw and interact live, as well as a great selection of artisan food and drink from local food trucks and suppliers.

The 2018 exhibition was moved to March for 2019 as the pro-bono committee, who run the project, ran out of time last year and did not want to rush the campaign. Also, 1000 Drawings decided to increase the cost of the art to R150 per art piece sold at the next event as it’s been R100 since its inception in 2006.

The event will be held on Saturday, 30th of March, at Victoria Yards in Lorentzville. Tickets to the event are available on Webtickets for R100 per person and doors will open at 4pm. 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… check out all the awesome pics below:


Doors open at 18h30 – Food, live music and a cash bar will be available to keep the evening going. Tickets are available here!

Don’t miss out on this unique event – come and support a worthy cause, experience something different and have a good time doing it!

Event Details are all below:

Date: 10th November
Time: 18h30
Venue: Joziburg Lane, Corner of Eloff & Wemmer Jubilee Street, Johannesburg

You can buy tickets by clicking here… or get more info by visiting their website or Facebook.

Sources: Night of 1000 Drawings 
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