Right Here, Right Now !
Due to the great success of Right here, Right Now!, which originally ran from 21-25 June 2021 as part of the inaugural Cape Town Design Trail, the exhibition was extended until the end of July 2021. The up-to-the-minute showcase of contemporary South African design and art took place at historic Union House in Cape Town.
Right here, Right Now! was curated by Clout SA and Nando’s Design Programme creative director, Tracy Lee Lynch, and presented by Clout SA in collaboration with arts consultancy HUB.
While many members of the public will be finding out about Clout SA for the first time, the agency’s team has been hard at work building up to this moment for nearly seven years. Much of that work was done on Clout SA’s founding project, the Nando’s Design Programme and eventually, the Nando’s Portal to Africa.
The Right here, Right Now! exhibition showcased an astounding outpouring of work by a dynamic mix of emerging young designers, well-known design studios and individuals, and a range of artists and artisans,including innovative designers, such as Wiid Design, The Urbanative, Nando’s Hot Young Designer 2020 winner, Katlego Tshuma, Khosi Leteba and Glorinah Mabaso (previous winners of the Clout Designers’ Industry Days pitch sessions), Mash. T Design Studio, and many more.
Right here, Right Now! served to introduce both Clout SA and HUB to the architectural and interior design trade. Clout SA and HUB are inviting architectural and interior design professionals, corporate procurement agents and facilities managers, to join their mission to support, develop, invest in and build the future of South African design.
Clout SA is a purpose-first enterprise, creative agency, and business-to-business (B2B) market-maker for South African design, which states among its goals the promotion of South Africa’s creativity, craftsmanship and heritage, and the creation of opportunities for collaboration between designers and makers.
At its core, Clout SA specialises in creating interior solutions for hospitality, retail, residential and corporate clients – its approach foregrounds a South African design narrative as a point of distinction. For the next phase of the enterprise’s work towards growing the South African design industry and turning South African design into a globally recognised category brand, Clout SA has invited corporate partners who share these values to join its mission by taking part in collaborations with its designer-maker partners.
A Clout SA collaborative partner, HUB is a platform borne out of the Spier Arts Trust, which administers the Nando’s Art Initiative artists development programmes and has run the Spier Arts Academy since 2009, training artisans in the field of ceramics and mosaics, as well as supporting the development of visual artists. The HUB platforms works to create collaborative commercial opportunities for artisans and artists. The striking paintings, beadwork and mosaic pieces on display as part of Right here, Right Now! are courtesy of HUB.
While Right here, Right Now! constituted the official public unveiling of the Clout SA x HUB collaboration, there are already some sterling examples of what the two organisations have achieved together. Previous Clout SA and HUB collaborative projects include the striking serving counter of the Nando’s restaurant in Soho, London. This features an artwork by artist Henk Serfontein, rendered in mosaics by artisans curated through HUB. Another example is the Potjie Server by designer Thabisa Mjo, which boasts mosaic panels on its front.