On 28 September 2018, a group of media and influencers enjoyed 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 and Misses, got to choose a Creative Block of her choice from our collection to take home with her.
At Victoria Yards, designer David Krynauw was on hand to show everyone his studio and chat about his work. We also met artists Nkosinathi Quwe and Vusi Beauchamp.
From there, we escaped the rain that had arrived quite suddenly to check out the Spier Arts Trust studios and then 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.
Laurice Taitz-Buntman wrote on Instagram, “Spent Friday afternoon on an art and design tour of Nando’s Central Kitchen in Lorentzville. I have managed to do this a few times and each visit gets even more impressive – [story] of a local chicken brand that is taking South African art and design to the world and sustaining an economy of Southern African artists. Nando’s has built an African art collection of around 21 000 pieces that are displayed across 24 countries. An internal portal for design allows licensees to order SA design pieces and furniture for stores globally while art and design competitions and buying trips at local studios are keeping many artists thriving rather than just surviving. This chicken business is powerful and heartening stuff!”
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 African art 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.”