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IQOQO Sessions: Design

Wed Aug 2, 14:00 - Wed Aug 2, 14:45

True Design, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank


IQOQO Sessions is a series of nine inspiring talks hosted by IQOQO and taking place on 1, 2, 3 August 2023 at True Design in the Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank. IQOQO Sessions is a satellite event of Joburg Decor & Design Week, which is a new amalgamation of three very successful events: Decorex, Design Joburg, and 100% Design. 

Each Session tells a gripping story full of big ideas about how a leading young creative in South Africa arrived at their groundbreaking early-career moment. In the process, these aspirational and educational tales reveal the networks and opportunities that exist in South Africa and the world that they were able to access in order to reach their dreams.

What journey did a filmmaker go on to develop their first feature? How did a fashion designer come to stage their first debut international fashion show? What led to that artist’s first major exhibition? How did a game developer create their game or that architect their first award-winning building? What is the story behind their passion for Virtual Reality? Or how did they end up working in animation?


Nindya Bucktowar is a multidisciplinary artist who experiments with clay and multiple mediums to create installations inspired by natural and urban landscapes. She specialises in ceramic topographical sculptures and installations, using earthen fragments as a medium to create immersive spaces and experiences. She considers her artistic creation as an intimate process, where she interprets and abstracts the fragments of her experiences of the physical world into her works.

Nindya Bucktowar graduated with a Bachelor's in Architectural Studies at Nelson Mandela University in 2013. She runs her own multidisciplinary design practice and ceramic business. She is the co-founder and co-director of Kalki Ceramics, Studio Kalki, NT Design Studio and Leather Studio. Bucktowar previously lectured at the Architectural Department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2019-2021)

At the beginning of 2021, Bucktowar was selected for the RMB Talent Unlocked programme in association with Everard Read and Strauss & Co, where she exhibited her work at Circa Gallery in Johannesburg. Following this, her work was acquired for the FirstRand art collection.

Bucktowar held her first solo exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery in August 2021. She has also exhibited on notable group shows, including Bordeaux Art and Design (France), Galerie Revel (Paris), SCENORAMA KZN (Project by Gabi Ngcobo & JAVETT UP), CloutSA (CT), Spier Arts Academy (CT), Union House (CT), Spier Wine Farm (CT), Always Welcome (CT), Nirox (JHB), the Melrose Gallery (JHB), Ceramics Southern Africa (CT & JHB), Kim Sacks Gallery (JHB), KZNSA Gallery (KZN), Tamasa Gallery (KZN), African Art Centre (KZN), Tatham Art Gallery (PMB), 100% Design SA (Decorex) and Latitudes Art Fair 2023 (JHB) (KZNSA Gallery).

She has undertaken various collaborative projects with Nando’s, CloutSA, Mr Price Home (Artist COLAB), Redbull, Durban Art Gallery, internationally acclaimed interior designers and South African Network Cities.

She attended artist residencies at Imiso Ceramics (CT) (March-May 2022) and Hillford Pottery (Lindsay Scott).

Awards include Ndebele Premier Award, Ceramic Southern Africa (First Prize), DBR: Design Build Research, 2017 (First Prize).

In December 2022, Nikhil Tricam and Nindya Bucktowar were announced as the winner of Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition, led by Clout SA. They are currently working on various national and international art and design project, represented by Tracy Lynch, Clout SA.



IQOQO Sessions: Design
True Design, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank
21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196
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