Since 2016, Matchbox has been curating a unique series from a range of local talented artists entirely for our supporters. This art initiative is called JAHRESGABE, which means ‘annual gift’ and it offers the opportunity to engage with our upliftment work through annual financial contributions. In return, our supporters choose a unique art piece from the hand-selected edition of South African art.

As a vehicle for cultural exchange, Matchbox invites South African artists to express their thoughts, challenges and inspirations through their individual art. Established artists, as well as emerging talent, create an exclusive edition for the JAHRESGABE art initiative through painting, sculpture, photography or other media. Matchbox purchases the editions and introduces them to our international JAHRESGABE supporters.

The artists invite us to take a closer look and learn about their context.
They invite us to experience their vibrant South African culture.
They invite us to widen and reflect upon our own horizons.



Each year we introduce the current artists and the works they have created for the Matchbox JAHRESGABEN through an exhibition and via our newsletter. Each supporter is then invited to select a unique piece, based on a ‚first come, first serve’ process, as the editions are limited and original in nature.

As supporter of the JAHRESGABE, you authorize the Matchbox e.V. to withdraw a donation of 120,00 € per year as a debit order from the bank account of your choice. The enrollment documents are available via e-mail upon your request or via our website contact form – click here.

You can learn more about the Matchbox projects on this website – join us in the empowerment of the children in the South African Townships by signing up for the JAHRESGABE art initiative.

With deep gratitude,
The Matchbox Team

I ‘m gonna join.




JAHRESGABE EDITION 2017 – finalized