The Nando's Art Initiative presents YOUthReka Art Competition 2018. A creative platform made by the youth, for the youth to empower young aspiring artists to express themselves freely, to Malaysia and even to the world! Express your thoughts and identity through art. Take charge of your own creativity and tell your story in your very own way. The freedom of expression is yours!

Contrary to popular belief, Nando's isn't just about serving great tasting PERi-PERi chickens. With roots that are steeped in African culture and heritage, we're also highly passionate about supporting local communities and providing opportunities for people to realise their potential. Go on; create!
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Event Timeline

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Competition Period:

1 March - 31 May 2018

Last Date of Entry Submission:

31 May 2018

Physical Submission of Shortlisted Entry:

19 June - 13 July 2018

Prize Giving Ceremony:

24 August 2018 | Exhibition 14 - 24 August 2018


Are you a Fine Art or Digital Art expert? Choose your battle

Fine Art

Medium is open and can include acrylics, oil painting, silkscreen, collage, ink, mixed media, wood, canvas, metal, cloth and others.

Photography is not allowed.

The finished artwork can be in any shape or form provided it is 2-dimensional hanging display within the minimum of 2ft x 2ft, 3ft x 3ft or a maximum size of 3ft x 5ft.

Digital Art

All artwork must be digitally produced which can include digital painting, vector drawings, 3D graphics and others.

The finished artwork has to be produced into a 2-dimensional hanging display.

All artwork must be within the minimum size of 2ft x 2ft, 3ft x 3ft or a maximum size of 3ft x 5ft with no preference of orientation or shape.


Win your own solo exhibit.

  • Grand Prize

    Solo Exhibition + Mentoring + RM5,000 cash + RM500 worth of Nando’s vouchers.

  • 1st Runner-Up

    RM3,000 cash + RM500 worth of Nando’s vouchers.

  • 2nd Runner-Up

    RM2,000 cash + RM500 worth of Nando’s vouchers.

Consolation Prize x 3

RM1,000 + RM500 worth of Nando’s vouchers.

How to Join

It’s time to unleash your inner Picasso. Just follow these simple steps.

  • Step 1

    Submissions are closed for this year!

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Allahyarham Syed Nabil Syed Nahar

We at Nando's are sad to hear of the recent passing of Syed Nabil Syed Nahar. Without him, YOUthReka and the Nando's Art Initiative would not be where it is today. He will always be in our hearts and his accomplishments, achievements, and dedication to the art community will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. Syed Nabil was an art consultant with over 20 years of experience in planning and organizing art exhibitions, art curating, advising and building private and corporate art collection, art writing for catalogues & exhibitions. He had organized numerous art exhibitions locally and abroad.

Mac Chung Lynn

It was 1998 when Mac Chung Lynn introduced Nando’s to her fellow Malaysians by opening the first Nando’s restaurant in Bangsar. Having been in the chain restaurant business for 18 years, this former architect’s flaming passion for art has never died down. Chung Lynn, Group CEO of Nando’s Chickenland Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., started the Nando’s Art Initiative in 2008 as she believes that the new generation of artists need a good platform to unearth their talents and one day make a name for themselves in the art scene.

Fadhli Ariffin

Having participated in over 30 art exhibitions in both the local and international art scene, Fadhli has become a revered figure in the creative art space. Acquiring numerous achievements, winning several art competitions and having been selected as a resident artist at the HOM Art Trans, Kuala Lumpur, he has truly earned himself a spot as one of Malaysia’s top local artist of his generation. An alumni of YOUthReka (Previously Nando's Art Initiative), Fadhli was a winner in 2011.

Bel Koo

A Malaysian based Graphic Designer & Web Designer, Bel Khoo has a worldwide client roster and her work has been featured in design related galleries, publications and exhibition. Her work is recognised on many online design showcases and she was featured in a variety of printed publications such as CUTOUT, ArtMAX, SendPoints and was one of the featured personalities in 55 Awesome Women in Web Design.

Samsudin Wahab

A prominent artist, Samsudin Wahab staged various solo exhibitions and participated in over 70 exhibitions both local and international platform. He has received various awards including the Malaysian Emerging Artist Award, Juror’s Award, Young Contemporary Award and the Khazanah Nasional Art Residency in Mumbai, India. He also has a mass of experience as a judge, including being judge during the Nando’s Art competition in 2009..

UC Loh

As the Co-founder of Artemis Art, UC Loh has over 7 years of experience managing exhibitions and has worked with many prominent young Malaysian artists such as Yasmeen Cheong, Nik Hasri, Faiz Yunus and Kenji Chai. She is also involved with international art fairs, most recently the Art Fair Philippines 2018, Young Art Taipei 2017, Singapore contemporary 2017 and Art Jakarta 2018. She is passionate about arts and her inspiration is to promote young and emerging South East Asian artists in the art world.

Judging Criteria

See what it takes to win prizes and a lifetime’s worth of bragging rights.

  • 20%

    Originality & Creativity

  • 20%

    Use of Medium & Artistic Finish

  • 20%

    The Story - Concept & Ideas

  • 20%

    Overall Impression

  • 20%

    Quality of Design & Composition