Artwork available for viewing at Nando's Art Space. Photo by Sian Marie Low.
Artwork available for viewing at Nando’s Art Space. Photo by Sian Marie Low.

Nando’s Malaysia has just launched the 8th edition of its art competition. However, this year there’s a new twist: the restaurant chain has opened an art gallery at one of their outlets. An entire floor of Lot 123, Nando’s Chinatown outlet, has now been converted into a venue dedicated as a space to showcase the art pieces.

Nando’s Art Initiative has been featuring work by Malaysian artists ever since its inception in 2008, with many emerging local talents finding a platform there. Beyond their peri-peri chicken, the art initiative is Nando’s way of giving a creative outlet for young homegrown artists to express themselves.

This year’s art competition is broken into three categories: fine art, digital art and street art/graffiti mural. The competition will open to new entries in February and a winner will be announced in May.

Last year’s grand prize winners saw artists Nik Mohd Shazmie Bin Nik Shairozi, Chong Shi Qi and the duo Loo Lok Chern and Low Yew Mun walk away with RM5000 in cash as well as a fully-sponsored solo exhibition.

As part of the official opening of the outlet, Lot 123 is now open for a public viewing of 2014 competition runner-ups until 8 February 2015. Artworks are available for purchase from RM 800-RM 3500.

Anna Lee

Find out more about Nando’s Art Initiative here.