Welcome to the Coloured Cube

Creative - Space - Activations

New Collaborations

The CREATIVE co-LAB: Skills sharing, development and collaborative makerspace.

BASA Award Winners

Business and Arts South Africa: Winners at the BASA Awards 2017 in the First Time Sponsor Awards Category and in 2018 for the Sponsorship In-Kind Award Category

We have Moved

The Coloured Cube is now based on 120 Main Reef Road, Benrose.

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Custom Manufacture

Custom made manufacture from public fittings and furniture to sculptures and installations.
We’re up for the challenge!

Creative Projects

Curating, research, exhibitions and installation.
Making and collaborating with artists to create art that is specific to your requirements.

Laser Cutting

We offer cost effective Laser Cutting at R7 per minute, excluding materials and design, to suit your needs.

About Us

The Coloured Cube is on a mission – to change the way society perceives art and creative thinking; to show its value in problem solving in areas completely unrelated to this industry and to offer unique solutions and real engagement with people. South Africa has incredible people, talent and a wealth of culture. Sadly this sector is largely untapped by other industries and we want to change that benefiting both the client and the creative sector!

About Us

The Coloured Cube was started in 2014 in a small flat in Malvern. Frustrated by the artworld and its difficulties relating to funding, lack of work opportunities and the silos which exist, the founder, Mariapaola, named the company The Coloured Cube so she would never forget the initial driver and motivator – ‘to add colour to the white cube’. To rattle the traditional ways in which we experience art and creativity and to look for contemporary and relevant methods to engage with a South African audience. With little idea of how to do this the small Coloured Cube team set out to push their ideas and approaches project by project with an openness to experimentation, collaboration and sometimes failure, which always leads to new solutions.

Three years on and The Coloured Cube has moved into a large workshop/maker space on Main Reef Road in Benrose. We have a team of passionate, forward thinking and hard working employees, as well as many wonderful collaborators and creatives we work with. 2018 and the Creative Co-Lab is making new partnerships and collaborations. We are now part of the SA Maker Collective, and in stage 2 of the Our City, Our Block project with the Johannesburg Development Agency. This project brings together a range of creatives, businesses and property developers from the area with the intention being to create a new approach to connecting with one another – through the love of making! As we expand the Creative Co-Lab we continue with a range of projects from science exhibits, curating, furniture making and artwork.

Our Clients and Projects

City of Joburg

Johannesburg Development Agency, What’s The Plan exhibition

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Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

A variety of artworks for the hospital, engaging with local artists to produce works that are relevant to children

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Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

A variety of artworks for the Ronald McDonald House, engaging with local artists to produce works for the Nelson Mandela Children Hospital

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Custom made furniture for their interactive children’s space in Maboneng

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Marketing Concepts

On-site activations at Springs Mall and Ballito Junction

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Usha Seejarim

Technical assistance on artwork and installation

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Springs Mall

A variety of activations created to engage with the talent and people of Springs

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Corobrik Architecture UJ Architecture

Custom built expo stand for Architectural Masters student of the year

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University of Johannesburg

assisted with many installations, exhibitions and curations.

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Johannesburg Development Agency

Johannesburg Development Agency, What’s The Plan exhibition

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Newtown Junction

Giant board games: Scrabble and Morabaraba

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Eco-mobility World Festival

Our History of Transport exhibition. An immersive on the ground board game which transported viewers through the value of thinking green

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OR Tambo Environmental and Narrative Centre

Designed and manufactured a variety of science exhibits as well as Design work for interior space including custom artworks and furniture

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Hey Hillbrow

The HEY HILLBROW! Let's Dlala! 2016. A festival to celebrate Hillbrow.

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Windybrow Arts Centre

Managed the programs and events for The Windybrow Arts Centre 2017 in partnership with Sticky Situations

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JDA & MyAlex

#MyAlex, Youth Perception of Place

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Assisted GSA with their curating, installation, manufacture and custom made furniture.

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National Science Week 2016: The Pocket Toolbox, a movable tech exhibition centred around capabilities of your smart phone.
National Science Week 2017: Science of Paint, an exploration of the evolution of paint through the ages.

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Bantry Construction Services Pty (Ltd)

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Gerard & Flanagan

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Sibikwa Arts Centre

Developed custom made furniture.

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Dibuka Library

Refurbishment of the library.

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Our Services


We work with a range of organisations, creatives and small companies. We value their input and their fresh energy. Here are some of our on-going collaborators:

mehlo maya (eye-to-the-sun)

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One Love Skate Expo

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Platinum Sketch

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Joburg Photowalkers

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Thandi O’Hagan

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Jeppe Photo Club

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Downstairs Cafe

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Sticky Situations

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26'10 South Architects

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Impumelelo Promotions

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Claire Jorgenson
Makers Valley Collective

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Our Workforce

Siyabonga Miya

Craftsman (Carpentry)

Mariapaola McGurk

Managing Director

Clearance Kgonala Kubasti

Craftsman (Steelwork)

Trevor McGurk

Technical Director

Matodzi Thilivhali Maano

Craftsman (Finishings)

Anthea Moys

Missing in Action

Glenn Groenewald

Freelance Multimedia


Boitumelo Mazibuko

Creative Director

Sharon Beux

Book keeper

Zinintsi Mhlalela

Secretary/Project Manager

Sinethemba Sithole

Thulani Maduna

Makabongwe Mdingi

Multimedia Designer