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about RED

Red Art Projects is an art and decor consultancy, specialising in event styling, decor and corporate art.

Heather's story

Joburg born and bred, Heather started her love affair with all things aesthetic as a young child, designing her dream house  at the age of three.

Having completed a BA (English & Classical Civilization) Wits, her first job was at  BCI Fine Art - under the guidance of the legendary Susan Ollemans. She was employed as gallery manager, running the business when Susan was away exhibiting at Fairs all over the world. The business was a dealership in ancient African and Eastern artefacts, and Heather was regularly in touch with Sotheby's, Christies and Bonhams worldwide.

Heather opened her first gallery, Tsebiso, in 1995. It was a win-win deal that was struck with well-known office furniture specialists, Kaydee Masterplanners, who were based in Sandton. Heather found artwork in the townships, and displayed it in the showrooms, and the company benfitted from the publicity and guests that attended openings. The artwork was obtained in Kathlehong, Soweto, Orange Farm, Springs and Alexandra. Heather still has contact with many of the artists she showed then. During this stage, Heather worked on projects with the European Union, and other organizations.

Heather worked at The Kite Works design studio as a traffic person, and assistant to well-known interior designer, Charles Storr. The jobs Heather worked on while "running" The Kite Works were Virgin Atlantic's headoffice, SA Breweries, Credit Lyonnais, Nando's, African Merchant Bank and many more pretigious clients. Heather invariably did all the artwork in the interiors.

Before starting one of Johannesburg's most memorable and hankered after hotspots, Merely Mortal, with Charles Storr, the duo put togther an awesome art exhibition entitled, Changing Screens, which involved travelling the country, interviewing top South African artists from Velaphi Mzimba, Robert Hodgins and Mmakgabo Sebidi  to Norman Catherine and Sam Nhlengethwa. The show was opened in a space in Rosebank, with Free Flight Dance. Many of the guests believed that the works on show were magnificent.

Merely Mortal was an artspace that had a restaurant, a function room and bar area. It show cased some of the best craft and fine art of the time. There were 12 openings a year, each time the entire space changed colour... the playfulness in the display and the exquisite finishes added to the infectious ambience. It was a place where intellectuals and business people, artists, actors and musicians all rubbed shoulders. Merely Mortal was soon voted one of the best Venues in Johannesburg by the social columns, and even made it on the pages of prestigious international magazines, like Wallpaper's, pages.

Heather found her forte as a stylist and co-ordinator of fantastic events. Her artistic nature came to the fore... and she was snapped up by big clients like South African Tourism. Cheryl Carolus (who was the CEO) got her to re-decorate the headoffice for SA Tourism, and Heather worked closely with Themba Khumalo (the then Chief Marketing Officer) on defining the "look" of South Africa. This was translated into the Brand Village - designed by Heather and the branding companies. This look was then implented in the offices in France by Heather.

Heather left Merely Mortal to start her present company, Red Art Projects, in 2005. Her clients include Rand Merchant Bank, SA Tourism, Airports Company of SA, SAP SA, Nelson Mandela Foundation amongst others.

The Red Art Team

Heather's family of suppliers and her crew (known by clients fondly as THE RED ANTS) have been with her for many years.

Wilberforce Nyamukapa is the main man, and his family and freinds make up the excellent team that work on large events. Wilberforce is a top class crafter, who specializes is wire work, so he is often empoloyed to work on the artistic side of the business too.

Pretty Nkogatsi has been sent to Paris twice for SA Tourism through Red Art Projects. She is a brillinat beader, who has put together huge orders for Heather - from beaded badges to beaded walls.

The network of suppliers that Heather has built up over 15 years is substantial - she has easy access to sculptors, carvers, fashion designers, fine artists in all meadia, interior designers, architects, wire workers, beaders, embroiderers, actors and singers, and many more. Red Art Projects can offer a hige range of skills as a result - the difference is that it is controlled and designed by Heather, who has an excellent eye, and loads of  experience.

 
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