The don’t-miss exhibitions and pavilions at the Stellenbosch Triennale

“The Triennale’s exhibitions 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.” – Visit Stellenbosch

By now you’ve heard that Stellenbosch is getting it’s very own large-scale art festival showcasing all-African art to the world. The inaugural Triennale brings together a number of offerings, from exhibitions to a film fest, dialogue sessions and much more. It can be a little daunting trying to absorb it all, so we’ve put together a run-down of what you can expect at this seminal event.

Woordfees Tours (Rondleidings)

Dates: 9 & 10 March 2020

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Cost: R300

Bookings: Computicket (booking essential)


The Stellenbosch Triennale consists of 3 exhibitions including the Curatorial Exhibition, On The Cusp and the Vault. There will also be a film festival, music programs, dialogues and educational programs.

The main art exhibition is called the Curatorial Exhibition and focuses on 20 contemporary African artists, of which 10 are from South Africa. Among the most famous are Ibrahim Mahama, whose Labour of Many installations was on view at Cape Town’s Norval Foundation last year. Well worth looking out for is Sethembile Msezane, whose work was exhibited at the Zeitz MOCAA will once again be making her views known around decolonisation and the force and healing that comes with spiritual practice.

On the Cusp provides a space for younger, upcoming artists, 10 of whom will be exhibiting a variety of works ranging from photography to graffiti, video and installations in the On The Cusp exhibition space. We are also reappraising past African artworks in From The Vault, which shows art collections of two universities, Fort Hare and Stellenbosch, ranging from paintings to sculpture and linocuts.


The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Vredenburg Road, Devon Valley

Situated at a major entrance to the town of Stellenbosch this anchor exhibition is curated by the Stellenbosch Triennale curators who have selected 20 artists from various countries on the African continent. The artists interpret the 2020 theme “Tomorrow there will be more of us” through multi-disciplinary art installations, both indoors and outdoors.

Curators’ Exhibition

Venue: Woodmill Lifestyle Centre

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00

Sat – 10:00 – 16:00

Sun – 10:00 – 14:00


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

An exhibition of artworks by 10 young African artists, On the Cusp is about revealing and unravelling 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.

On the Cusp

Venue: Libertas Parva, 31 Dorp Street

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri 10:00 – 18:00

Sat – 10:00 – 16:00

Sun – 10:00 – 14:00



Stellenbosch University Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street

From the Vault exhumes archives and engages with buried museum collections as a critical resource to contextualise and map contemporary society and culture. 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. This inaugural exhibition examines the university art collections from Stellenbosch University and the University of Fort Hare.

From the Vault Exhibition

Venue: Stellenbosch University Museum – 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch

Opening hours:

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri 09:30 – 16:30

Sat – 08:00 – 12:30



Die Braak, Stellenbosch Central

The inaugural pavilion is a fusion between the disciplines of public art, sculpture and architecture. By providing only the armature as defined structure the pavilion encourages the community to participate in its filling in, so it will “grow” throughout the Triennale. Waste materials such as discarded fishing nets, ropes, plastic bags and nylon packaging will be woven and knotted as infill material, communicating the value of waste and the future of a waste economy. An afterlife for the pavilion is envisaged: as a playground for a crèche or a shading device for local crafters. Conversations around everyday materials and their afterlives is integral to the message the pavilion portrays.


118 Dorp Street and Pulp Cinema, Neelsie Centre, 37 Victoria Str

A group video art installation is on exhibition upstairs at 118 Dorp Street throughout the Triennale, with the film festival taking place from Wednesday, 4th March through to Saturday 7th March 2020 at Pulp Cinema. Go to www.stellenboschtriennale.com for programme details.

Concepts of Freedom Film Festival

Date: 18 – 21 March 2020

Venue: Pulp Cinema, Neelsie Centre, Victoria Street


Various locations throughout Stellenbosch

Through African AD we explore African sounds and dancing as a constant connection and conversation with the cosmos. African AD thus explores the congregation of sounds and vibrations that permeate Africa by inviting artists, musicians, DJ’s to search the archives and put into composition their encounters and experiences via this platform.


The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Vredenburg Road, Devon Valley

The Talks Programme engages the diversity of South Africa, the continent and global art sector through short, powerful panel discussions, talk abouts and seminars. By extending the conversation with professionals in other fields, the Talks Programme brings together interesting and exciting insight into the topics underlined by the Triennale.

There will be two Talks Programmes during the Triennale:

Thursday, 13 February – Saturday, 15 February 2020 and

Friday, 17 April & Saturday, 18 April 2020.

Talks will take place from 13:00 – 16:00 on those days.


Made possible by Remgro, The Imaginarium is a supplementary, online, open-source (free) discovery and learning resource centre for all ages. The portal has been designed to stimulate imagination and support 21st century learning skills. Using the Triennale as context and reference, the 8Cs of learning – Curiosity, Creativity, Criticism, Communication, Collaboration, Compassion, Composure, Citizenship – will be stimulated and explored. For online reference, school tours and workshops go to www.stellenboschtriennale.com.


Programme: Click here for the full programme of events.

Map: Click here to download the map and get the best experience of the Stellenbosch Triennal.

Headquarters: 116 Dorp Street, Voorgelegen, Stellenbosch

Phone: +27 81 456 9737

E-mail: info@stellenboschtriennale.com

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