This weekend London’s art scene welcomed rather unexpected new gallery space in the world, the Soho branch of Nando’s. Yes, you read that right, Nando’s. Proud South Africans and bestowers of PERi PERi chicken, Nando’s isn’t really the first restaurant you’d think of when a joint dining/gallery experience takes your fancy. However, the chain’s Frith Street location aimed to change all that this weekend.
From Friday 14th to Sunday 16th, the restaurant played host to work by seven South African artists, as well as hosting VR tours of their studios. Customers and art lovers alike were encouraged to engage with the work while enjoying wings in a more relaxed atmosphere than most galleries in London. Works from Henk Serfontein, Zemba Luzamba, Sahmes Tembani, Patrick Bongoy, Norman O’Flynn, NomThunzi Mashalaba and Marlise Keith all took pride of place in the pop-up gallery with a selection of work on sale throughout the weekend for any budding collectors in attendance.
The pop-up gallery was part of Nando’s ongoing project championing the work of South African artists and musicians which also saw a series of panel discussions and talks with British artists and designers including Sophie Rawlingson and Alexander Ikhide. Nando’s is currently home to over 8000 works by South African artists across its restaurants, one of the largest collections in the world.
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