ANA Spotlight, Nandos #SeeOurFuture: Celebrating South African Culture at Dallas Art Museum

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At the heart of Nandos cultural initiative lies their remarkable art collection, a vibrant fusion of flavor and creativity. With over 9,000 pieces, their collection showcases a diverse range of contemporary African art. Each artwork tells a unique story, capturing the essence of South African culture. Through the #SeeOurFuture initiative, Nandos opens African American Museum exhibition during Dallas Arts Fair’s 10th Anniversary. This captivating showcase will be available for visitors to explore from April 20th to August 13.

From bold paintings and striking sculptures to captivating photographs and thought-provoking installations, the collection represents a kaleidoscope of artistic expression. The artists featured in the collection draw inspiration from their heritage, tackling social issues, celebrating identity, and exploring the rich tapestry of African traditions. Curator Laurie Ann Farrell has been instrumental in bridging the gap between South African artists and the United States. Her efforts extend beyond this exhibition, with previous roles at The African Center, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Dallas Contemporary. Farrell’s expertise and passion for contemporary art have made her a leading figure in the field.

Vivien Kohler. Pieta, 2019. (the Nandos collection) Campaign posters, acrylic and oil paint on board
193 × 182 cm
Courtesy of Artsy

The collaboration between Nandos and the art world is a testament to their commitment to promoting South African culture globally. Founded in Johannesburg in 1987, Nandos has grown to operate over 1,200 outlets across 30 countries.Nandos art collection not only adorns the walls of their restaurants but also supports emerging artists, providing a platform for their work to be seen and appreciated by a global audience. Through their partnerships with local galleries and art institutions, Nandos actively promotes and celebrates African talent.

The #SeeOurFuture exhibition serves as a platform for emerging and established South African artists to showcase their talents to a wider audience. The artworks featured in the exhibition reflect the rich cultural heritage, diversity, and creativity of South Africa. From vibrant paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, visitors will be immersed in a world of artistic expression. Transitioning from the spicy flavors of their peri-peri chicken to the vibrant colors and textures of the artworks, Nandos offers a unique dining experience that combines culinary delight with a feast for the eyes. The integration of art into their restaurant spaces further enhances the ambiance and creates a memorable atmosphere for their customers.

The idea that got away,- Diane Victor 2017. Smoke on paper .121.9 × 48.3 cm. Image courtesy of Artsy

Nandos commitment to the arts extends beyond exhibitions and restaurant decor. They actively support and invest in the development of emerging artists in South Africa. Through various initiatives, they provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work and gain recognition both locally and internationally. This dedication to nurturing creative talent has made Nando’s a prominent patron of the arts in South Africa.

As visitors explore the #SeeOurFuture exhibition, they will witness the power of art to transcend borders and foster cultural exchange. Immerse yourself in South Africa’s vibrant spirit, embracing its history, traditions, and contemporary art with this invitation.

Nandos #SeeOurFuture exhibition showcases their commitment to promoting South African art and culture. Visitors be able to appreciate the talents of South African artists and experience the fusion of delectable flavors and artistic beauty. Nandos continues to leave a lasting impact by supporting emerging artists and fostering cultural exchange through their dedication to the arts.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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