Doodling Across Joburg

Last year the Night of 1000 Drawings event raised over R120 000 for Streetlight Schools who built new classrooms with the donation. In 2016 the 1000 Drawings Team are aiming even higher, but only with a little help from our friends. Across Joburg there are coffee shops and restaurants encouraging patrons to draw a doodle while they visit. These artworks are collected in a doodle box and each piece is sold for R100 at a fabulous exhibition event in November.

For anyone who’d like to give a doodle around town, these are the generous establishments that are helping 1000 Drawings double their creative and financial targets this year. Visit any of these coffee shops or restaurants and you’ll find drawing materials, A5 paper and a doodle box to drop your beautiful doodle in. The Art Galleries listed have specific doodle sessions (see Facebook for details) and a drop-off doodle box on site. Doodle donations from all ages are welcome.

Wolves Cafe

Wolves is a coffee and cake bar in Illovo – with live music and comedy thrown in for good measure. Craving a marshmallow cup cake, Nutella fudge or some peanut butter cake? Head on down to Wolves, overindulge your sweet tooth and take advantage of your sugar high to give a doodle.

Address: 3 Corlett Drive, Illovo, Johannesburg, 2196.

Phone: 011 447 2360

4th Avenue Coffee Roasters

If you know your Arabica from your Robusta then this is the spot for you to Give A Doodle. Their 100% Arabica coffee include a secret blend called Legendary Pink that’s been described as “magical”. Driven by passion not profit, this welcoming coffee boutique is perfect to get the creative doodle juices flowing.

Address: Cobbles Centre, Corner of 4th avenue and 11th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

Phone: 078 622 1107

The Artisan

Using high quality ingredients, simplicity and artisanal craftwork, The Artisan brings you gourmet sandwiches, coffee and cocktails like no other. They have cracking craft beer pairings, truly happy Happy Hours and all the materials on hand for anyone visiting to Give A Doodle.

Address: 12 Gleneagles Road, Johannesburg, 2195.

Contact: 011 027 3707

Velo Café in Braamfontein

Looking for the best food and drinks in Braamfontein? Velo is the place to go. From coffee to cocktails, eggs Benedict to lamb burgers, this spot is an absolute central-city gem. Check out their specials which make a meal and a doodle great value and well worth a visit.

Address: 85 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2001.

Contact: 011 403 0695

Trio in Greenside

Trio’s idea of bottomless Gluhwein on weekends is a special one. So is teaming up with Drink and Draw to say and do it like it is. Come and drink and draw! But it’s not just booze and creativity at Trio, there’s fantastic food too. Basil pesto potato gnocchi anyone?

Address: 116 Greenway, Greenside, Johannesburg.

Contact: 079 136 9842

Bean There

The Joburg branch is situated in 44 Stanley and they’re South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee. Bean There is making a sustainable difference in the lives of African coffee producers through direct fair trade. And making a difference to 1000 Drawings too. Visit here.

Address: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg, 2092.

Contact: 087 310 3100

Color Cafe

Paint your own pottery, create your own mosaic masterpieces or give a doodle! A visit to Color Cafe could be a great family bonding session, or quiet, creative time for you. Tea and coffee is available and you’re welcome to bring your own food and make a gourmet picnic part of your visit.

Address: Shop 14 Hyde Square Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Johannesburg 2196.

Contact: 011 341 0734

Henry George Gallery

This gallery has a great ethos – encouraging visitors to interact and feed off the creative energy of the art. Their exhibitions are a must-see and they’re big on inspiration and giving back, hence the doodle sessions they hold and the box on site, for anyone nearby to drop off their doodle.

Address: 45 6th Street (Corner 3rd Avenue), Johannesburg, 2193

Contact: 011 880 2698

Gallery MOMO

It’s a privilege having a 1000 Drawings doodle box at Gallery MOMO, one of the most prestigious contemporary art galleries in Johannesburg. Their August group exhibition includes work by Mary Sibande, Florine Demosthene, Andrew Tshabangu and Joël Mpah Dooh.

Address: 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg 2193

Contact: 011 327 3247

Editorial Note:

About: Night of 1000 Drawings

South Africa’s biggest, one night only, inner-city art exhibition and sale to raise funds for education. 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.

Contact: Kelly McGillivray / Zandile Buthelezi | Email:

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