Pages torn from Broken Monsters, the latest novel by award-winning author Lauren Beukes, have been transformed into artworks by top local creatives to raise funds for the NGO Book Dash. Contemporary art and design curator Jacki Lang is working her magic on the unmissable Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show to be held in Cape Town on 12 November and in Joburg on 26 November. Nando’s Art Initiative is sponsoring the exhibition.
It’s a rare exhibition when the canvases themselves hold a rich story. Lauren is an internationally best-selling novelist from Cape Town whose books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV (Leonardo di Caprio bought the rights to The Shining Girls). Her books frequently feature artists, and in the real world she also likes to dream up collaborations with creatives. This exhibition sees her teaming up with Jacki for the second time on an art exhibition for a cause.
The Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show follows the same formula as the 2013 Shining Girls Charity Art Show where visitors queued around the block and the artworks sold out in 20 minutes, raising R100 000 for Rape Crisis in Cape Town. For this year’s show, Jacki has selected more than 130 well-known and emerging local artists, designers, illustrators, architects and photographers – including Brett Murray, Conrad Botes, Gabby Raaff, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Lien Botha, Liza Grobler, Matthew Hindley, Mia Widlake and Paul Senyol – to turn pages torn from Lauren’s novel into imaginative artworks. The artists have donated their works to the show. “More and more artworks are coming in this week and more and more creatives are asking to take part, which is super exciting,” says Jacki.
At each Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show works will be sold for R1500 a piece (visitors may only buy one artwork each). One hundred percent of the proceeds go to kids lit charity, Book Dash, enabling the non-profit organisation to print and give 150 illustrated storybooks to children – many of whom have never owned a book. As Lauren says, “1x ripped out page + art = 150 books for kids who need them.” To add a bit of mystery to the mix, the artist’s identity will only be revealed upon purchase.
Book Dash’s African storybooks for children are written and illustrated by amazing local authors and artists who give of their time for free to create the books. Book Dash believes that every child should own one hundred books by the age of five. All of their books are available in South Africa’s main languages, and can be accessed free on their website for anyone to read, download, print out and even sell.
A picture paints a thousand words. This is precisely why South Africa’s creative community are working hard to turn a story into art, so that it can be turned back into stories. You too can be a part of the narrative. Don’t miss the Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show.