Inner-city art exhibition raises thousands for charity


An image of some of the donated drawings that were exhibited at The Night of 1000 Drawings in Johannesburg, 18 November 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – The Night of a Thousand Drawings has been dubbed the country’s biggest inner-city art exhibition to be hosted in the Johannesburg CBD.

Artworks were sold to raise funds for charity, on a night that&39;s become a highlight for art-lovers.


All the artworks are donated by the public and each artwork is sold for R100.

At the end of the night, all the proceeds will go to a charity called the Streetlight Schools Project. Streetlight Schools is a non-profit primary school.

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Event organiser Kelly Mcgillivray said the initiative was started 11 years ago.

"It was a group of people doing it and the vehicle that they had got stolen. So the guys that were helping out and volunteering decided to host an evening called the night of 1,000 drawings to raise funds to get a vehicle.

"They then collaborated with a whole lot of people and they asked us to get involved.”


Anyone and everyone can donate their artwork.

“We’ve got children in primary school that have donated artwork. We’ve got a famous artist that have donated. But we don’t put them into any category because everybody that’s donated has given something of their time and creativity,” says Mcgillivray.

By the end of the night, R150,000 was raised.