Spier Architectural Arts

World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town has started the new year on a high note, as the Mother City’s reign as World Design Capital for 2014 officially commenced on 1 January. The overall theme for the yearlong programme of events is ‘Live Design. Transform Life’ and will showcase how design and design thinking is employed to improve the lives of all inhabitants in our beautiful city.

A 10-month long period for public submissions gave South Africans and also international hopefuls the opportunity to submit project proposals for inclusions in the official Programme for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

From the 1253 received projects, 450 projects have been recognised and not only one, not two, but three Spier Architectural Arts projects have been included in the official Programme for World Design Capital 2014. We are thrilled!

Here’s more information about the three projects, you can view all 450 recognised projects here.

#WDC522 _ Accidental Art
Accidental Art includes several site-specific, public art interventions at prominent locations in Cape Town. It provides selected local artists with the opportunity to realise large public artworks, as a visual celebration of Nando’s worldwide investment in SA Art.

#WDC382 _ Half-square
Half-square is a global co-created ceramic artwork project that aims to connect local and international artists. Top designs based on a modular format will be translated into large-scale handmade ceramic artworks by Spier Architectural Arts and exhibited in 2014.

#WDC489 _ Spier Arts Academy learnership programme
Spier Arts Academy offers employment-based training in contemporary mosaic. The 3-year apprenticeship focuses on mosaic art and includes tuition in drawing, art & business skills. The objective is to equip trainees with the skills to jumpstart their careers and run their own successful enterprises.


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