About 40 Stones

Our Vision...

We are passionate about seeing visual artists of Christian faith supported and encouraged in their gifts, and we are committed to curating exhibitions which display the rich connections between art and faith.

Our Story...

40 Stones was founded in 2014 when local Makhanda (Grahamstown) artists lead by Heidi Salzwedel, put on a group exhibition called '40 Stones in the Wall' at the South African National Arts Festival, in partnership with OM Arts South Africa (Operation Mobilisation) and local churches. 

A drawing by Marie Mohlomi, OM arts representative in 2014, and a founder of 40 stones.

Our Story...

This became an annual event at the festival, and from 2016 the organisation of the exhibitions was continued by a team of committed artists and local churches, with the aim of raising the profile of art made by Christians both within the secular sphere and in the church, and encouraging and practicing a Biblical worldview on the arts.

We have continued to expand each year at the National Arts Festival, seeking to reflect the glory of God in and through the arts, and to create spaces of dialogue and engagement with issues of faith for visitors to our exhibitions. 

From 2017, 40 Stones begun partnering with Krux, a theology and culture community  based in Stellenbosch, to organise an annual artist gathering event in the Western Cape. 
 

Our Story...

As of 2019, 40 Stones is headed up by Jonathan Griffiths, and is now based in the Western Cape where it has put on two of its most recent exhibitions.

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