Toni Ann Ballenden


Since qualifying in Fine Art at The Wits Technicon in 1993 Cum Laude, Ballenden has been creating art and teaching. Her work can be found in three major collections: the Anglo-American Collection, the Sasol Collection, and the Johannesburg University Collection. Ballenden has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows. Ballenden spent three months as an Artist in Residence at the Bag Factory in 2015, before moving on to Ariel Empire Studios with Bronwyn Lace. At the end of March 2016, this group of artists relocated to August House, an old five-story office building in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, with over 50 contemporary artists, the largest group of artists in one building in South Africa.

Ballenden’s art has grown and developed throughout her career, shifting between figurative and abstract work. Currently, she is engaged in a process of cutting and destroying old unresolved works which, she then reconstructs into new works in their own right.


Qualifications and collections

National Higher Diploma cum Laude from Wits Technicon 1993

Part Time Lecturer Wits Technicon 1993 – 1996

The Astrup Fearnley Art Museum Oslo Norway Collection

SAFFCA Collection

Wits Tech Collection

The Sasol Collection

The Anglo American Collection

Many Private Collections

1st prize Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 1992

Nine Solo Exhibitions

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Original Artworks

Artwork Archive

African Alchemy exhibition is now openSubscribe here for exhibition updates

African Alchemy closes on 4 April 2023,

featuring artwork by Frans Thoka, Fumani Maluleke, Morgan Mahape and Pro Thusi.


Walkabout with Frans Thoka at Artyli Gallery on Saturday 18 March at 11am