Nando’s partners with 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2017 to showcase Southern African art at Somerset House
Housing one of the largest contemporary Southern African art collections in the world, Nando’s will be exhibiting and for the first time selling, works by four artists from 5th – 8th October at Somerset House.
For the third year running Nando’s is partnering with 1:54 Contemporary African Arts Fair 2017. Once again the internationally acclaimed art fair, taking place at Somerset House from 5th-8th October, will see Nando’s showcase, and sell, works by four artists from its Southern African roots.
With an ambition to change lives and make a real difference to Southern African artists and their families, Nando’s through their partnership with Spier Arts Trust, provides both development opportunities and exposure. By exhibiting original art from their cultural heartbeat in every restaurant, Nando’s aims to democratise art by making it accessible to anyone visiting a Nando’s restaurant.
By partnering with 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2017 for the third time Nando’s will give four Southern African artists a platform to showcase their work to the public via the world’s leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art.
Passionate about art, and with a patronage spanning over a decade, Nando’s houses one of the largest bodies of contemporary Southern African art in the world. With over 9,000 works in the UK alone, every restaurant features hand selected original pieces.
The long-term partnership between Nando’s and Spier Arts Trust is modelled on the principle of shared value. By enabling artists to focus full-time on their artistic careers with the potential to earn regular income, Nando’s believes this can make a difference in artists’ lives while growing their own body of high quality Southern African contemporary art.
A great example of their innovative work is The Creative Block programme, run by Spier Arts Trust. It gives both emerging and established Southern African artists the opportunity to earn a sum by transforming blank blocks in a medium of their choice, receiving curatorial feedback and exposure to new markets and audiences in the process.
Since 2004, the Creative Block programme has engaged with more than 250 contributing artists, ranging from emerging to established artists. Artworks are submitted for critique and those that meet stringent quality standards are purchased. Each block is an original artwork. Available for sale from the bookshop, the Creative Block programme is being brought to 1:54 London 2017 by Nando’s, which currently has more than 2000 unique Creative Blocks exhibited in their UK restaurants.
Following hot on the heels of Feast Your Eyes Nando’s first every pop up gallery, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2017 will also allow attendees to check out the artists’ studios via a unique immersive VR experience that will whisk you away to a series of creative spaces across Southern Africa.
The four artists Nando’s will be showcasing and bringing to the UK include Patrick Bongoy, Marlise Keith, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Henk Serfontein.