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Broken Monsters Charity Art Show: Nando’s and Lauren Beukes Team up to Raise Funds for Book Dash

After the success of The Shining Girls Charity Art Show for Rape Crisis in 2013, Lauren Beukes has announced another similar event – this time in support of local children’s literacy charity Book Dash.

Invitation to the Broken Monsters Charity Art Exhibition

Broken MonstersThe Broken Monsters Charity Art Show will be an exhibition to launch Beukes’ latest book, Broken Monsters, and to raise funds for Book Dash.

Over 120 local artists, designers, illustrators, architects and photographers have been invited to customise pages from the book in any way they please. These will then be sold for R1 500 each with 100 percent of proceeds going to Book Dash. Each art work sold for R1 500 will pay for the printing of 150 books which will be distributed to kids free of charge.

The exhibition is once again curated by Jacki Lang, who was also involved in the 2013 event, and will be held in Cape Town on 12 November and Johannesburg on 26 November.

The Broken Monsters Charity Art Show is sponsored and supported by the Nando’s Art & Design.

Follow the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show page on Facebook to stay updated, and join the events for furthers information on the exhibitions:


On her website, Beukes explained why she supports Book Dash, how the charity works and why stories are so important. She also shared some epic images to give you an idea of what to expect:

Literacy is critical. The reason our matrics are failing? Because they didn’t get the early childhood development they needed. Neil Gaiman gave an amazing talk a few years ago about the importance of reading and how US private prisons predict their future prison population 15 years from now based on a very simple algorithm: what percentage of 10 and 11 year olds can’t read.

Reading is also about understanding the world and who we are in it. Stories allow us to live other lives, to spend time in someone else’s head, to feel empathy.

Stories allow to be more than we are.

It’s a big theme in Broken Monsters – the doors in our heads. So BookDash felt like the perfect charity partner. What could be better than using a book to create accessible art to fund more stories with art that become accessible books in the hands of kids?”

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