11 February – 30 April

A showcase for large-scale contemporary art exhibitions, the Stellenbosch Triennale is a non-commercial, multidisciplinary art platform hosting a range of artists from Africa and the diaspora.

Exhibitions are free of charge with many in venues within or close to traditionally under-resourced communities. The focus is on accessibility, development and the democratisation of art and its numerous benefits for all.

Ambitious in scale, the Stellenbosch Triennale offers us a horizon of possibility and potentiality, a space to dream and imagine anew.

The Stellenbosch Triennale is the brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust and its years of experience in enacting public art exhibitions in Stellenbosch. The Triennale takes public art in Stellenbosch to new heights in terms of its international reach, the scope and variety of the art to be showcased as well as its intention to place creativity in critical dialogue with society. The Triennale marks an intentional and purposeful attempt to use creativity, imagination and public space as a meeting point in engaging with the collective and distinctive milieu of our past, present and future existence and all its complexities- a place where we imagine futures.

The overall event include:


20 artists are invited from different parts of the continent and through their work visitors are welcome to explore, examine, interrogate, question, view and experience the present.

Curators: Khanyisile Mbongwa and Dr. Bernard Akoi-Jackson

The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre – Vredenburg Road Devon Valley, Stellenbosch

Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat – 10:00 – 16:00, Sun – 10:00 – 14:00, Mon CLOSED.


An exhibition of artworks by 10 young African artists, On the Cusp is about revealing and unraveling the creative talents of tomorrow. Focused on graduating visual art students and young art practitioners who have pushed their creative boundaries and sit on the cusp of beauty and magic through their aesthetic, conceptual, critical, material choice, form or installation methods.

Curator: Dr. Bernard Akoi-Jackson

Libertas Parva (Little Libertas), 25-33 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Opening hours: Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat – 10:00 – 16:00, Sun – 10:00 – 14:00, Mon CLOSED


Exhumes archives and engages with buried museum collections as a critical resource to contextualise and map contemporary society and culture. It concerns itself with exhuming work that has long gathered dust in museum memory, bringing these works to the surface as an unravelling of history, an undoing of narratives.

The exhibition represents a critical engagement with time by browsing through historical acquisitions, examining their significance as fragments of the past and showing how museum vaults can be a compass for the future. From the Vault is a looking back, a narrative alignment in service to our imagination and a way to work with memory as a future possibility.

This inaugural exhibition examines the university art collections from Stellenbosch University and the University of Fort Hare, forms part of the education programme and will focus on history of art and art as a mirror to society.

Curators: Mike Tigere Mavura and Gcotyelwa Mashiqa

Stellenbosch University Museum – 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 09:30 – 16:30, Sat – 08:00 – 12:30, Sun  – CLOSED


The inaugural Die Braak Pavilion is situated on the Braak, Stellenbosch’s town square. Ironically, the name means fallow land, a description often used in post-apocalyptic art and movies. If we do not care for our planet it eventually will become “Braak.” Echoing the triennial theme “Tomorrow there will be more of us”, the intervention invited participants to ultimately determine the aesthetic of the pavilion, just as our choices will determine the “tomorrow” of our planet.

The notion of ’embodied experience’, explained by architectural theorist Juhaani Pallasma as a full sensory experience in time and place, is the foundation of the pavilion. It is intended as a space to be experienced, to be interacted with and contributed to. The pavilion is a fusion between the disciplines of public art, sculpture and architecture. Considered the ‘armature’ or skeleton which keeps the conceptual notions upright and ‘grows’ throughout the triennial as people participate in its making.

The participatory process of the architectural pavilion will be documented as testimony to the potential for symbiosis between creatives and observers, the planet and the people.

Curator: Pieter Matthews


African storytellers, if their craft is to have value, need to re-text the narrative process and their engagement with the perspectives offered by a deliberate exploration of ‘other’ and ‘self’. How we navigate conceptions of freedom in motion picture need to be dictated by an inherent ‘knowing’; of history, of connections to ancestry and of rich cultural contexts.

The work in this exhibition and film festival responds to the shifting landscape of visual engagement.

Voorgelegen, 116 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

Dates: 18 – 21 March 2020

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 16:00, Sat – 10:00 – 16:00, Sun – 10:00 – 14:00


Tracing sound and sonic scapes as archive and knowledge production is a way to engage with music and songs as a connection through time; a map holding old memories and future stories.

Curator: Khanyisile Mbongwa

Various locations throughout Stellenbosch

Opening times: Friday 24 April – 19:00 – 00:00 & Saturday 25 April – 19:00 – 00:00

Open to the public – Free entrance


This is how part of the Stellenbosch Triennale that focuses on performative practices emerges. Titled: “Em-Bodied,” this program expands the space of engagement into those interstices that materialize between the noticeably stratified social demographics that Stellenbosch as a site presents. In Being and Becoming, we are embodied beings.

Curators: Khanyisile Mbongwa, Bernard Akoi-Jackson and Jay Pather

Various locations throughout Stellenbosch. Go to for programme details.


Taking on the theme of the Triennale, ‘Tomorrow There Will Be More Of Us’, the creative dialogues  centre  imagination as a revolutionary act  and  invites cultural producers from multiple locations and  forms of ‘knowledges’ to speak and engage from their fields of expertise with threads from the core theme in vibrant talks, panels, seminars , enactments and workshops. The creative dialogues forum brings together an exciting mix of artists, curators, creatives, academics, designers, advertisers and thought leaders to engage with audiences is discussions that probe us to ask different questions in relation to the making, un-making and re-making of Africa and our collective futures.

In partnership with the Stellenbosch Academy of Design And Photography

Curator: Mike Tigere Mavura and Silas Miami

Various locations throughout Stellenbosch


Creative Dialogues will take place over two sessions during the course of the Triennale: 13-15 February and 17-18 April. The programme can be viewed on the event website.