The Maboneng Township Arts Experience

Together with families, we turn homes in townships into exhibition spaces

The problem we aim to solve:

A lack of awareness about the arts in the township.

The solution our project offers:

Turning township homes into art galleries so the community can own their own galleries, bringing access to creative spaces and creating employment.

The impact our project had so far:

About 200 artists provided 80 households with income in 12 years.


There are currently no open needs. Get in touch with Siphiwe Ngwenya if you can contribute and help out.

Who is behind this project?

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About the project

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is a national public arts initiative that turns homes in townships into galleries and outdoor spaces into performance districts. We work humbly with home owners and families to create a warm intimate arts environment in our townships. After 10 years, The Maboneng Township Arts Experience has turned over 80 homes in South African townships into galleries, exhibited over 200 artists and encouraged township residents to invest in art.

About 200 artists provided 80 households with income in 12 years

The Maboneng Township Arts Experience started when Alexandra native and artist, Siphiwe Ngwenya realised that art awareness was lacking in his neighborhood. Siphiwe also realised that there was a perception of art as being an ‘outsider’, like a ‘giant living in the hills’. With this at the forefront of his mind, Siphiwe started exhibiting art on the streets and corners of this South African township. In the process, he involved local artists and encouraged local kids to see art as a viable career path.


Institute of Public Arts - 2015 - China, Jinan

Since then the project has grown from its humble roots to a national program that hosts annual township art festivals and includes various permanent township art routes, attracting numerous visitors.

This initiative is based on the belief that TOWNSHIPS are the epicenter of the ARTS around the world. Our vision is to end negative perceptions about townships by 2030 through the arts. Townships will turn into great towns. We will do this by celebrating the simpler and closer things in life, like our homes, our families and the high calibre of community ethics.


Global Fine Art Awards - 2015 - Miami



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Project activity

Siphiwe Ngwenya wrote a new status update

WE BACK IN SOUTH AFRICA. Getting working with the planning of the festival on the 29th of November. If you are around South Africa, Cape Town. MAKE A TURN

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Siphiwe Ngwenya wrote a new status update

I am at Salzburg Global Seminar, meeting great people from all over the world!

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Siphiwe, I saw you talk in Salzburg and it was an excellent introduction to what you do, I really nejoyed it thank you.

My question is do you think the same program could work elsewhere, or do you think your success is indelibly linked to the unique changing context you told us about?

Very best


Looking to being part of this initiative and engaging with the stakeholders…reading about this project gives one a sense of inspiration. A word of respect to the founder for taking action to bring this idea to life.

Steve Mbiza. Thank you hundreds. The team appreciates the love.

Sam. Of course I remember you. Our belief is that this is an international problem that we are trying to solve. We do not think it is confined to class either. The changing context is the fun part of the journey. Making a unique experience accessible to the masses.