Jozi's Ornico City Launches with Art Auction to Benefit Education
Posted on February 13, 2017.
Brand Intelligence™ firm marks its move from Sandton to the inner city by championing Johannesburg artists and raising funds for Malvern Primary School.
To celebrate its move from Sandton into Johannesburg’s heartland, marketing research firm Ornico will be cutting the ribbon on its new inner city premises on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 18:00 for 18:30. As part of the celebrations, Ornico will host an auction of art to raise funds for Malvern Primary School which is situated on the corner of Jules and Frere Streets in Malvern, Johannesburg.
"We are calling on clients, service providers and friends who helped Ornico grow, to celebrate this milestone event with us," said Ornico CEO, Oresti Patricios, adding: "Marketers, brand owners, inner city neighbours, patrons of the arts and art lovers are all invited to take part in the auction to benefit education."
Ornico acquired the old Natal Bank Building situated at 90 Albertina Sisulu Road, in Johannesburg in January 2016. The building was provisionally declared a national heritage site in 1990, and is the oldest standing bank building in Johannesburg. Built immediately following the Anglo Boer War and occupied in 1903, the original construction cost of the building was £ 29,847. Just one block from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the National Bank of the South African Republic, the Natal Bank overlooked the old market square, on what was then Market Street.
The building was empty, beginning to fall into a state of disrepair, and desperately needed refurbishment. Ornico has spent the last six months working with Sakhive Construction, a Jozi based construction and restoration company, to repair and renovate the site.
To commemorate the research firm's move to this heritage site, Ornico will be holding an art auction and exhibition, called Bridges That Connect Us, featuring some of the city's top artists.
"Ornico's clients include some of South Africa's top brands, and we invite these brand leaders to meet some of Jozi's most valuable and emerging artists. Join us at a unique inner city event, at this historic heritage venue," says Patricios. "By supporting local, Jozi-based art and artists, we believe we celebrate Jozi's unique culture and history. Art is a language that helps us understand each other, both in pain and in joy. It also creates opportunities for related endeavours, like design and innovation, and definitely contributes to economic growth through attracting cultural tourism and even encouraging investment," the Ornico CEO adds.
While the auction takes place on Thursday 23 February at 18:00 with almost all of the artists present, the public will also be able to see the work. People who live, work and play in Johannesburg are also invited to view this art exhibition on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2017 from 09:00 to 15:00.
Artists participating in the exhibition and auction of artworks include: Mbongeni Buthelezi, Tshidzo Mangena, Solomon Omolayo Omogboye, Azael Langa, Ndabuko Julukani Ntuli, Johnnyguava (John de Gouveia), Michael Tshepo Selekane, Dario Manjate, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, and Cebo Simphiwe Xulu.
The auction and exhibition will be curated by Dawn Sarah McGee from MB Studio Community in collaboration with Nantu Palesa Phalatsi from Tshidzo Art.
The artists have agreed to donate a percentage of the auction sales to a fund for the Malvern Primary School. "This is just a small start to what will be active, ongoing participation in the city’s life, by Ornico," says Patricios. "We will continue to support education and the arts, and look forward to meeting our neighbours, working with inner city partners and suppliers, and being part of Joburg's revitalisation going forward. We sincerely hope our associates, clients and business friends can join us as we mark this milestone of our journey," he adds.
Date: 23 February 2017
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Venue: Ornico City (Also known as the Natal Bank Building)
Address: 90 Albertina Sisulu Road (cor. Harrison Street)
Dress Code: Smart Casual or African traditional regalia