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OpenStudios.Joburg celebrates creative exchange with Nando’s

May 26, 2023

In 2022, OpenStudios.Joburg welcomed more than 2000 visitors, and the event gave them access to over 100 working artists in their natural habitat – the studio space. In May 2023, OpenStudios.Joburg is back with more artists and spaces for visitors to engage with. Come and celebrate Joburg as one of the world’s art cities, fuelled by a network of studio spaces throughout the inner city that gives life daily to the city’s status as an art capital. 

The 2023 edition of OpenStudios.Joburg will highlight art buildings, spaces or projects across the historical CBD, where visitors are welcome to meet the artists, interact with the works, and enjoy a programme of exhibitions, walkabouts, performances and design. 

OpenStudios.Joburg will take place over two days, Saturday, 27 May and Sunday, 28 May, 2023, with selected studios being open on these two days. The studios will be linked via a shuttle service that will allow visitors to explore the city safely. The shuttles will move in a loop between the buildings, with transport available every 20 minutes until 16:00. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here: Saturday, 27 May and Sunday, 28 May, for R55 each. 

Transwerke Studios in the Constitution Hill Precinct

Nando’s sponsors OpenStudios.Joburg

OpenStudios.Joburg is extremely excited to announce that Nando’s has joined as a sponsor. Nando’s is genuinely passionate about nurturing and showcasing Southern African creativity. The company loves sharing Mzansi’s art, design, and music talents with the world in a way that makes a positive, meaningful difference. 

Although it is known for its PERi-PERi chicken and cheeky advertising, the long-running Nando’s Art Initiative, and the Nando’s Creativity programmes that have followed it, mean that many people around the world also associate Nando’s with exciting Southern African art. Since investing in art in 2001, Nando’s has grown its art initiative to include five artist development programmes. “Our programmes have supported more than 350 artists on a regular basis and our art is displayed in 1200 restaurants in 24 countries. We have more than 21 000 artworks in our collection, making us the largest private collector of contemporary South African art in the world,” says Kirsty Niehaus, Nando’s Marketing Manager: Creativity Portfolio.

The partnership between Nando’s and OpenStudios.Joburg is a natural progression. OpenStudios.Joburg seeks to expose more South Africans to the joy and wonder of art. In addition, they seek to engage on a meaningful level with the visual arts, artists and the institutions that support them, while Nando’s is working to become the heartbeat of southern African creativity. 

“We’re excited to be partnering with OpenStudios.Joburg this year because it resonates deeply with us as a brand,” says Niehaus. “Our Nando’s head offices, known as Nando’s Central Kitchen, are in a historic part of Johannesburg that we have worked hard to showcase as a hub of creativity. This event not only gives visitors an opportunity to experience that creativity inherent in Joburg and in Nando’s for themselves, but to discover new art, artists and studios, and enjoy the work they are producing – all in the intimacy of the studio environment.”  

A celebration of a creative exchange

This partnership will see a celebration of Nando’s Creative Exchange (NCX) artist alumni Sifiso Temba and Creative Block artist Sello Letswalo, who are both in residency at the Spier Arts Trust studio space at Victoria Yards, will participate in OpenStudios.Joburg. by opening their studio, hosting event goers and will have Creative Block artworks for sale on Sunday, 28 May.  

Artist Mduduza Twala, who has more than 100 artworks in the Nando’s collection in Casa’s in South Africa and London, has been sponsored a three-month residency at August House and an opportunity to show off his talent at OpenStudios.Joburg.

Nando’s Creative Exchange at RMB Latitudes, as an extension of NCX’s opportunity to give artist exposure to the market, Nando’s has sponsored the NCX 2022 artists: Vilile Soha, Tanja Trustcott, Sifiso Temba and Simon Venter to Exhibit at RMB Latitudes at Shepstone Gardens, Johannesburg from the 26 – 28 May.

Living Artist Emporium

OpenStudios.Joburg programme

Saturday 27 May from 10:30-16:00 Sunday 28 May from 10:30-16:00
Bag Factory Artists’ StudiosAugust House
Transwerke Studios in the Constitution Hill PrecinctAsisebenze Art Atelier
Play BraamfonteinEllis House 
Lilian Road StudiosLiving Artist Emporium
The Rand Club & Bridge BooksVictoria Yards 
RMB Latitudes Art Fair RMB Latitudes Art Fair 
Victoria Yards 

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