Fired up creativity in Lorentzville
A look at the Nando's Central Kitchen and Victoria Yards artist studios
Posted: Oct 11 2018
Late September we got an exclusive peek into Nando’s Central Kitchen, art and design studios and the chance to get Fired Up and creative about #NandosArt
The day started off with a design-your-own-drink styled gin bar in the courtyard at Nando’s Central Kitchen (CK), followed by an informal information session on how and why Nando’s supports the creative arts. The group then enjoyed a tour of Nando’s CK, while playing a game of art bingo.
The winner, Tayla Foong of Dokter&Misses, got to choose a Creative Block of her choice from the Nando’s collection to take home with her.
The tour then proceeded to Victoria Yards, where designer David Krynauw was on hand to show everyone his studio and chat about his work. Unfortunately, the weather then took a turn for the worse, but undeterred by the rain, the group met artists Nkosinathi Quwe and Vusi Beauchamp.
From there, the group escaped the rain to check out the Spier Arts Trust studios. Next up was a fun activation – each person had the opportunity to create a screen-printed tote bag as a keepsake. Finally, the tour finished back at the Victoria Yards bar.
Kirsty Niehaus, who runs the Nando’s art initiative, explained that Nando’s has been investing in art and design since 2001. “We’re passionate about Southern Africa and sharing its story in a way that makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” she says. “We support several artist development programmes, which are administered by Spier Arts Trust. We also run our own design competition – Nando’s Hot Young Designer – aimed at identifying and supporting emerging Southern African designers. This year we’ve launched the Nando’s Portal to Africa – an online website from which Nando’s interior designers around the world can order from our curated collection of furniture and lights. The Nando’s art and design tour event gave us a chance to share our passion with a group of creative-savvy media and social media influencers. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
Check out some more photos from the day, courtesy of photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane over here.
For more information on Nando’s art and design, visit www.nandos.co.za/explore/art.