The Plate Project

The Orange Babies South Africa NGO has collaborated with the Goodman Gallery, the country’s leading contemporary art gallery, on a compelling new project.

These two organisations have worked together to create a beautifully produced, limited edition collector’s dinner set that is at once sophisticated and playful. The Goodman Gallery approached Orange Babies with this project as an innovative extension of its on-going commitment to social responsibility and with an acknowledgement that the art world is, at its core, imbued with ardent social awareness. This has been a highly organic partnership in that Orange Babies itself has often looked to the creative sector as a way of making an impact on the broader community. The Dutch foundation was established in the Netherlands in 1999 by Baba Sylla, John Kattenberg and Stef Bakker, all of whom came from the world of fashion, art, entertainment and design. Orange Babies’ fund raising and other activities continue to be located within these areas. The Foundation’s credo is based strongly on the beauty and creativity of life, and it endeavours to reflect this in every element of what it does.

Twelve artists represented by the Goodman Gallery have agreed to support the Orange Babies’ initiative by having their artwork reproduced on plates by Churchill, one of the world’s finest crockery producers. This will create a limited edition collector’s dinner set of 12 dinner plates and 12 side plates. The collection includes iconic imagery from leading South African and international artists including Lisa Brice, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Hank Willis Thomas and Jeremy Wafer. Artists who have custom designed their own plates specifically for this project include Kendell Geers, Alfredo Jaar and Brett Murray. View Plates here

The dinner set collection is limited to 250. All proceeds will go towards supporting Orange Babies’ projects in South Africa. Each edition is presented in a custom designed box by local design heroes Dokter and Misses. This slick example of multifunctional design folds out into a mod side table. The initiative is a singular example of how artists and designers can extend their practice and use their talents to embark on acts of philanthropy.

* Each dinner set has 12 side plates (22cm diameter) and 12 dinner plates (28.5cm diameter) featuring a reproduction of an artwork by each participating artist
* The artwork on each plate is hand applied (very slight differences may occur from plate to plate)
* The artwork is fired on Churchill crockery, which is dishwasher and microwave safe
* Packaging for the sets is custom-designed by Dokter and Misses and converts into a side table
* Each dinner set is one in a limited edition of 250 and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Goodman Gallery and Orange Babies
* Production time for a set is approximately 3 weeks
* The price for a set of 24 plates is ZAR 20 000.00 incl. VAT
* All proceeds go to Orange Babies projects in South Africa

To find out more or order a set please email