The Art Of Comics exhibition is set to launch this week at Joburg’s Art Gallery in Joubert Park

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of SA are pleased to present The Art of Comics, an exciting new exhibition that showcases the fascinating worlds of South African comics and French bandes dessinées, the famous French comic style.

The Art of Comics, taking place from 19 September until 17 November 2019 at  JAG, will offer visitors a rich variety of contemporary South African comics and graphic novels that explore themes related to history, folklore, science fiction, autobiography and new developments in the field, such as augmented reality comics.

The exhibition will also include a special section on French Speaking Comics Today, curated by Thierry Groensteen, one of France’s leading bande dessinées researchers and theorists.

Various workshops will be organised during the exhibition for schools and the public, led by South African and French experts as well as special guests, to learn about the techniques around comics, animation and augmented reality.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with Comic Con Africa, the continent’s largest comic festival, to give the public a wider look into the world of comics and animation.

The Art of Comics is presented by the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa, and sponsored by Total, who will be bringing more than 800 students to the exhibition.

Programme and workshops:

  • Thursday 19 September Official Opening of The Art of Comics exhibition Official opening as part of the ComicCon After Dark and Museum Night programme 17:00
  • Saturday 21 September Panel Discussion at Comic Con Africa Discussion with The Art of Comics‘ curators Tara Weber, Ray Whitcher and Thierry Groensteen as well as special guests such as comics artist Moray Rhoda from Reunion Island – 11:00
  • Sunday 22 September Public Walkabout Walkabout of The Art of Comics exhibition with the curators – 11:00 Drawing workshop with artist Serge Huo-Chao-Si from Reunion Island (space limited, RSVP essential) – 12:00 
  • Tuesday 24 September Heritage Day Programme Children’s workshop with Johannesburg Family Gathering led by  by Mabeleng Naledi and Khanyisa Sigwanda 10:00 Special Heritage Day Public Walkabout – 11:00
  • 25 – 27 September School Holiday program at JAG
  • 25 September: Introduction to pop-ups workshop with Young Bucks – 10:00-13:00 (space limited, RSVP essential)
  • JAG silkscreen demonstration – 14:00-17:00 (space limited, RSVP essential)


  • Date: From Thursday 19 September to Sunday 17 November Public opening on Thursday 19 September at 17:00
  • Venue: Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG)Corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg. We recommend driving or making use of Uber to get to the JAG. JAG has access to secure situated on the premise.
  • JAGs opening hours:Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Admission:Free entrance