Night Of 1000 Drawings
A5 drawings were the centre of attention at this fundraiser event where creatives mingled and socialised too
The first time I heard about 1000 drawings I was immediately intrigued. I expected a conventional art exhibition when I arrived at The Grove in Braamfontein last week. It wasn't.
The event is dubbed 'Night of 1000 Drawings' and two galleries spread across town were filled with numerous doodles; what some might classify as scribbles, and the rare genuine works of art.
It wasn't until after the event that I did some research into 1000 Drawings and had I known what I know now, I would have seen the whole occasion through different eyes.
The story behind the event is this: Every Wednesday evening PaballoyaBatho (caring for the people) organises a soup kitchen for the homeless. In 2006, their bakkie was stolen, which made the transport of soup and bread to the inner-city homeless people near impossible. This was when 'Night of 1000 Drawings' was conceptualised. The event was a means to raise funds for PaballoyaBatho.
A mailer was sent out to the surrounding communities asking anyone and everyone to "draw anything with anything on anything A5". The response was incredible; a large number of works were submitted by school children, homeless persons, designers, artists, art enthusiasts, to aspiring scribblers and the general public alike. The drawings were all seen as equal with no classifications and sold at a set price of R100.
With its huge success, 1000 Drawings became a manner to raise funds for good causes. So it wasn't the art exhibition I had anticipated, but this really got me thinking "who has the authority to define what is considered art anyway." Because whatever you put on that A5 is not necessarily perfection but an ideal of change.
1000 Drawings welcomed over 3000 people through the door this year, with around 2500 pictures displayed. All monies generated at the event is distributed to two various charities.
If you want to be part of this incredible movement next year, the only criteria for submission is that all images are on A5 format. You can also show your support by attending the event and purchasing a drawing.
Drawings that were not sold will be available on 1000 drawings website for the next week and thereafter will be distributed to homeless people as a Christmas present.
by Genevieve Vieira