Nando's and Art

Nando's and Art

Hot Facts

Hot Facts

Nando’s has over 21 000 pieces of art in our growing collection

Our art collection turns up the heat in 1200 restaurants around the world

It gives us a PERi-warm glow to know Nando’s has the largest collection of emerging Southern African art in the world

We support over 275 artists to consistently let their creativity burn bright

Nando’s Creative Exchange  in partnership with Spier Arts Trust

Nando’s Creative Exchange in partnership with Spier Arts Trust

Fire performers lit up the entrance to the AVA Gallery in Cape Town setting the tone for guests at the opening of two exhibitions that were the culmination of Nando’s Creative Exchange in partnership with Spier Arts Trust.

Inside the AVA Gallery the ‘Assemblage’ exhibition downstairs, and ‘Moving Still’ exhibition upstairs, inspired the crowd to stay till late.

These two burning hot exhibitions were the result of Nando's Creative Exchange, an artist career development programme that creates a mentoring opportunity for participating artists to develop their work while building vital professional-practice skills.

Step into the fire: Discover how the seven participating artists challenged themselves to do things differently for this exhibition, and be inspired! Watch the video to find out more. Link

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Nando’s Artists Society

Nando’s Artists Society

Nando’s Artists Society is structured to give 20 invited members the life-changing freedom to focus full-time on their artistic career, and the structure to explore and expand their creative practice, knowing that this gives them the potential to earn a decent and regular living from their creative work. Each selected member is a mid-career artist living in Southern Africa and emerging in a local and/or international context. On a set date each month NAS artists meet representatives of Yellowwoods Art. Each artist brings along their own most recent experimental work – created on NAS canvases supplied to artists as part of the programme for which artists are paid a set fee depending on the size of the canvas. There’s more to this programme, and we were humbled when it was recently honoured with a Silver Loerie for ‘doing good while doing business’.

Got a minute? Meet Nando’s Artists Society members in a quick video, and read the full story here.

Get involved

Get involved

Get involved with the Nando's Art initiative. It's simple, follow these steps:

Take a picture of your artwork.
Write a short bio.
E-mail it to [email protected]

​We will contact you via email to let you know if your application is HOT OR NOT.

Art Initiatives

Creative Block

Creative Block

The Creative Block provides a platform for Southern African artists, both established and emerging, to have their work exhibited across the globe. Artists are provided with blank blocks of various sizes, to be transformed in any media. Artworks are then submitted for critique and the best are purchased for resale to corporate patrons and the general public. Each block is unique, signed and individually numbered.

There are more than 250 contributing artists from Southern Africa. Each block represents the work of an artist, their unique story and technical style. The impact of the Creative Block is really felt when these individual artworks come together to become a larger, collective work of art.

Nando's Chicken Run

Nando's Chicken Run

Every month, our curators tour artist's studios across South Africa, scouting for hot-off-the-brush contemporary works to add to our collection. This programme allows artists to focus full-time on their careers, whilst also offering valuable critique that builds skills and confidence.
During these visits, offers are made on-the-spot to buy artworks or entire collections, and artists are paid in full that same day. We then ship these pieces to our restaurants across the world, were they are proudly displayed.

Nando's Artists Society

Nando's Artists Society

To help artists focus on their arts full-time, 20 mid-career artists from the Creative Block were chosen to submit larger artworks to Nando's on a regular basis, at a set fee per canvass. We receive affordable, quality artworks for our restaurants and the artists gain financial security. It's a beautiful mutual exchange.

The Nando's Artists Society programme has been contributing to artists and art patron collection development for 10 years; offering artists an opportunity to experiment while earning a steady income, and meeting nando's global demand for quality fine art at best value for money.

The Spier Arts Academy

The Spier Arts Academy

Specialising in collaborative and experimental work with fine artists, designers and architects in conceptualising, manufacturing and installing architectural artworks. Training in ceramic and mosaic mediums, artists are offered a 3-year paid apprenticeship.

Qubeka Bead Studio

Qubeka Bead Studio

What started as a simple idea – to collaborate and interpret the work of some of South Africa’s finest artists in beaded panels - has grown to become an inspiring, unique art expression. Today, Qubeka Bead Studio collaborates with some of our country’s leading artists to translate their works into beautiful beaded creations.