Sponsorship opportunities

Biennale Arte, often referred to as ‘the Olympics of the art world’, is a highlight of the international arts calendar. Biennale Arte 2022 will be held in Venice, Italy, from 23 April – 27 November. Apart from the exhibition, South Africa’s national activities around Biennale Arte 2022 encompass a nationwide competition for young artists, along with a national initiative to develop and promote the arts as a viable career choice in sustainable job creation.

We are proud to offer sponsorship opportunities to companies who would benefit from brand association with the prestige of Biennale Arte or the supplementary national initiatives. If you are interested, please contact us at


South Africa’s participation at Biennale Arte is managed under the auspices of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the main sponsor and lead agency. The SA national pavilion for Biennale Arte 2022 will be hosted in the Department’s permanent exhibition space in the Arsenale building in Venice.

Akwethu Engineering and Development operates in the built environment, offering engineering consulting, project management and property development services to a range of clients in government, municipalities and the private sector. The company has built an enviable track record of successful projects that embody its founding values of integrity, professionalism and diligence.

Director Msawenkosi Pepu states, “Akwethu has always been passionate about supporting the arts, especially among disadvantaged communities. We view the young artists competition as both essential and healthy, in turning the attention of our young people from the pandemic to a brighter future that is brimming with career opportunities and creative fulfilment.”

From humble beginnings in 1902, Barloworld has grown from a woollen goods, blankets and coats reseller in Durban into an industrial processing, distribution, and services company with two primary areas of focus: Industrial Equipment and Services and Consumer Industries (food and ingredient solutions). Throughout the 120 year legacy of the company, Barloworld has consistently demonstrated shared value to its varied stakeholders through its ability to evolve to ensure resilience and growth.   


Barloworld’s holistic approach to sustainability enables sustainable growth, transformation, and progress in society through its various social impact programmes that focuses on wealth builders and social impact enablers.  These programmes include Khula Sizwe, Barloworld Siyakhula, Barloworld Mbewu and Barloworld Trust.  


“While STEM is ordinarily the major focus of our education portfolio, it is also vitally important to balance this with empowering education and development of careers in the arts,” says Dr Yondela Ndema, a Barloworld Trustee and the Executive: Ethics and Compliance. “The youth initiatives launched by the Biennale Arte 2022 national programme bring together government, business, communities and the youth. We consider this a fitting opportunity for Barloworld to increase the reach of our corporate citizenship through investment into the arts education sphere,” she concludes